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    This has to be read to be believed

    The historic matches played by Allan Robertson and Tom Morris are well known to many.  Yet, somehow, rereading this contemporary account, stirs the soul in even the most hardened heart.  [I note, as well, that Sir David Baird, first captain of North Berwick Golf Club and featured player in “The Golfers” of Charles Lees, served as umpire for this event.] Dundee, Perth, and Cupar Advertiser Tuesday, August 21, 1849 GREAT GOLF MATCH A previous number of our Paper we gave a short account of this match. We now give it more fully from the Montrose Standard of Friday last, as follows: The return match between Allan Robertson and Tom Morris…

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    The 12 Days of Gearhart: 2021 U.S. Hickory Open

    NWHP played host to 120 players from the U.S. and Canada at the 2021 U.S. Hickory Open at Gearhart Golf Links on the coast of Oregon. Below is a collection of photographs from the spectacular week!  Click the blue Facebook icon on the upper right of any post to view the details!   emailFacebookTwitterPinterestPrint

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    Stewart SF Iron for Portrush

    This is a c.1898 smooth face Tom Steward iron with an “I” stamped to the head, made for John Aitken at Portrush (founded in 1888).  Aitken was official club and ball-maker there from 1892 until 1905.  On close inspection, one can see that Stewart initially stamped the word MAKER in the center of the oval, then re-stamped it as SPECIAL, to denote that Aiken was the seller, not the maker. John Veitch Aitken (1868–1916) As listed in the Irish Golf Achive, Aitken married Isobel (Isabella) in 1893 who was a native of County Antrim. Together, they had two daughters, Lily (1894) and May (1897). John was a golf club maker…

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    Mills X Model Putter

    The Mills Hilton X Model Putter is made by the Standard Golf Company, c. 1910. According to the Standard Golf Company’s 1909 catalog, the Mills X Model is “an exact copy of the putter used by Mr. H.H. Hilton at the [British Amateur] Championship, 1901,” which he won. Between 1892 and 1913, Hilton won four British Amateurs, two U.S. Amateur titles, and two Open Championships as an amateur. William Mills of Sunderland, England, was the most prolific designer and manufacturer of early aluminium head golf clubs and his company produced more aluminium putters than any other club maker during the wooden shafted era. He created The Standard Golf Company (William…

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    D Anderson 1880s Playclubs

    Here are two glorious matched playclubs from the early 1880s, in original condition, and with attendant spring and whip in the shafts – pure elegance. I have not yet hit these, but to swing them is to be immediately transported in time to a high point in the development of clubmaking in Scotland. The firm of David Anderson & Sons was formed in 1893 by David Jr, the son of ‘Old Da’ who himself had served time as keeper of St Andrews green, and who sold ginger beer at the fourth green at St Andrews. Young David began the business with his younger brother Willie,  before bringing in his sons…

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    The co-founders and board of Northwest Hickory Players wish you and your family a safe, happy and festive holiday season.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, so brush off that backswing and walk off some of that fruitcake from Aunt Betty. Please join us; and tell your friends too! We have over twenty four signed up for our Anniversary Outing on New Year’s Day.  You can RSVP under our Events page!  After the round, we’ll have an informal celebration at a local pub as well.  Cheers!                     emailFacebookTwitterPinterestPrint

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    Stewart “Accurate” SF Putter c.1894

    Tom Stewart was arguably one of the most famous hickory cleek-makers of the world. He produced millions of iron club heads (he only made heads, not complete clubs) from 1893 to 1932. His eye for perfection was legendary. As a result, many of the world’s best players used Stewart irons (Old Tom, Bobby Jones, Francis Ouimet and many others). This putter model was one of Tom’s first product lines, and was known as the “Accurate” putter. In this instance, the shaft carries a James Winton stamp marking (Montrose). James was the earliest of the Winton clubmakers/sellers – his brother, William, later went into business with him. According to a similar…

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    Bell Smooth Face Lofter

    This club is curious.  I purchased this from the estate of Jack Wilson.  To some, it would appear as a fairly common SF early iron, but what immediately caught my eye was the very thick hosel, crisp knicking, and the word “BELL” in all caps punched into the shaft.  I was able to find no other visible markings on the head, but what piqued my interest was the association with the surname Bell, among the early clubmakers. This is an exquisitely heavy iron, and while it doesn’t have a full five-inch hosel, it has a very thick one nonetheless; one that compares favorably (i.e. is thicker than) examples I have…

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    Alex Patrick Perfector Playclub

    This early Alex Patrick of Leven wood club has a hickory shaft circa the early 1920s. This “Patent Applied For” Perfector Driver model has a distinct rounded sole and compact head. The original hash marks on the face are mainly worn away, and there is very little loft on this club, making it a challenge from anywhere but a tee.  There is an original stamped shaft; the length is 43 3/4”. The website, Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland, reports, “Alexander Patrick served an apprenticeship in Leven with his father, John, a cabinetmaker who turned to making clubs, and he inherited the business in 1866 when his father succumbed in the…

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    Stewart Ladies Irons c.1904

    At 20-degrees, 30, 40 and a putter, this set of ladies smooth face irons bears the famed serpent cleek mark of Tom Stewart.  Forged for Tommy Currie, head professional at Dornoch Golf Club immediately after Donald Ross, these lovely irons have some of the most elegant markings I have seen; simple, clean, refined and non-fussed.  Knowing the legends of the ladies game who played at Dornoch, partially accounted for below, who knows whom may have used these clubs at one time or another?  These were offered on eBay for a buy-it-now price that was simply too low to pass up. They have all-original beautifully-stamped shafts, period sheepskin grips and underlisting,…