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Antique Clubs: In Hickory Veritas

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Golf Collectors Society
P.O. Box 241042, Cleveland, OH 44124; 440-460-3979 or golfcollectors.com
With more than 2,300 members in eighteen countries, the GCS is the largest network of people who buy, sell, trade, fix up or get down with old golf stuff—clubs, balls, books, art, whatever. A $40 annual U.S. membership brings a magazine and a directory. Even nonmembers can find local experts through the organization.

The Clubmaker's Art: Antique Golf Clubs and Their History
By Jeffery B. Ellis
Zephyr Productions, P.O. Box 843, Oak Harbor, WA 98277; 888-394-9333, clubmakersart.com or jegc@whidbey.net
The detailed color photographs and the deluxe paper, binding and heft of this book are as extraordinary as the information it contains. It's officially out of print but a few are occasionally available from the author (as well as other antique golf web sites) at $150 a copy. Ellis is also a dealer in antique clubs and publishes an online color catalog at antiqueclubs.com.

The Golf Club, 400 Years of the Good, the Beautiful & the Creative
By Jeffery B. Ellis
Zephyr Productions (same as above)
At $39.95, Ellis's new book is an incredible bargain. In fewer pages it contains more photos than Clubmaker's Art. Along with the wood-shaft era, it surveys early steel shaft, midcentury persimmon and modern steel and titanium clubs as well.

Antique Golf Clubs: Their Restoration and Preservation
By Bob Kuntz with Mark Wilson
Its black-and-white photographs are tiny but quite clear, and they constitute the most thorough step-by-step guide to performing first aid as well as major surgery on old sticks. A limited number of copies may be available from GolfWorks (800-848-8358) in Newark, Ohio, for $7.95.

Chuck Furjanic, a former world senior hickory champion, sells and auctions antique clubs on his web site. He also offers leather grips and many books, including his own Antique Golf Collectibles, A Price and Reference Guide ($30). For a look at what is and isn't valuable, click "How Much Is My Old Club Worth?"

George Lewis, a golf historian and former PGA Master Professional and head pro, sells a wide range of antique clubs, books, art, photos and other memorabilia.

On this site Philadelphia dealer Allen Wallach sells various antique golf collectibles, including clubs and balls.

Ralph Livingston III, a Grand Rapids, Michigan, commercial photographer, has created a highly informative and well-organized primer on the history of golf clubs and their restoration for play. Livingston also posts a schedule of hickory tournaments across the country.

P.O. Box 981, Kernersville, NC 27285; pete@oldcourse.com
Pete Georgiady's price guides and compendiums of club makers are among the most authoritative in the field. His titles are available here through a link with amazon.com. Online essays on Hugh Philp, Willie Dunn Jr., Old Tom Morris and other artisans are worth a look.

John Gates (Florida)
acgates@aug.com or 904-810-1901
In addition to repairing old clubs, Gates makes lamps and bookends from sticks that have seen better days. He is a regional director for the GCS.

Arlie Morris (California)
amorris@sosinet.net or 559-784-8587
A near-scratch hickory player, Morris is a regional director for the GCS. He is considered one of the best repair and restoration craftsmen on the West Coast.

Eric Wolke (New York)
acaseric.com or 718-898-5479
Wolke's prices are reasonable (repairing split shaft, $10; replacing a leather grip, $12; sheepskin, $18). He also sells supplies for do-it-yourselfers and, as an antique-club aficionado, specializes in lefty sticks, which he himself plays. One caveat: Turn down the volume on your computer speakers to avoid a jolt of manic Scottish dance music. —E.L.


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