Items of golf memorabilia are objects connected with the game of golf, particularly those associated with a famous event or player. They can also include antique items that are most notable for their age, as opposed to their story.
The game of golf has a considerable history, dating back to fourteenth century Scotland, and employs a fair assortment of equipment, making it far more conducive to varied and enjoyable collecting than many sports.
Collectors looking to focus on a particular area of golf have a range of options to choose from. These include:
One of the most popular forms of collecting is antique golf clubs. Eighteenth and early nineteenth century clubs are especially sought after and can exchange hands for serious sums. Hickory-shafted clubs are widely regarded as the most collectible clubs.
Some collectors have gravitated towards collecting clubs with interesting face patterns or specialising in left-handed specimens.
Notable golf ball sale
In 2004, Jamie Ortiz-Patiños, the owner of the Valderrama golf course in Spain, bought a 200-year-old ball made by Scottish manufacturer Wil Robertson for £24,000 at auction.