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    Scotland Bound for the World Hickory Open

        Western Gailes near Glasgow  A handful of NWHP loyalists will be venturing over to Britain for 21 days of sheer links golfing pleasure, highlighted by three days at the 2022 World Hickory Open, held at Royal Dornoch, Nairn, and Castle Stuart. Those on the trip include trip-curator Chuck McCollom, master of ceremonies and veteran of Scottish golf excursions, Martin Pool, Roberta Robbins, John Henry Williams, Robert Birman, Ken Coleman, Kurt Olsen, Deal Hudson, and Tom and Sue Tracy who will link up with the travelling band for 5-7 days in the middle of the itinerary. (The Tracys are members of Tain Golf Club and are spending close to…

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    2022 Washington Classic Golf Invitational

    NWHP Disclaimer: Playing golf with post-1935 equipment may be damaging to your health. Ever wonder why top professionals like Tiger and Ricky practice with persimmon clubs? It sharpens their ball striking and it’s fun as hell. Have some classic clubs? Dust them off, Windex the grips and come out and play. Don’t have a set but want some? eBay is your destination – entire sets for under $100. Want to play and don’t have a set? Sign up and let us know – some of us have more than one set so we can share. Sign up today and get ready to have a blast. Room for 20 Players 5…

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    Limited Edition Enamel Pin

    We have a limited edition NWHP enamel pin; only 50 made. The pin features the silhouette of the great Allan Robertson and has a magnetic back. Great for your Sunday bag, or flat cap!  Available while supplies last. $5.00 plus S&H.  Far and Sure!  Click below to purchase.     Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest Print

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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!   Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest Print

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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!                     Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest Print

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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…