HICKORY GOLF NEWS

Links to Explore – Ancient Golf
September 13, 2012

Links to ExploreAncient Golf http://www.ancientgolf.dse.nl/mail.htm   This site is maintained by Geert and Sara Nijs, independent sports historians from the Netherlands. It focuses on ancient “stick and ball” games, the predecessors of golf. There are headings for colf/kolf,  jeu de crosse (choule), jeu de mail (pall mall) and their relation to the Scottish game of golf. The couple, according to […]

10 Stages of a Duffer’s Round

“As dogs to wanton boys are we to the golf gods, they tease us for their sport.”Paraphrasing the great Shakespeare, from King Lear There is, in this wonderful game we love, room for everyone. It is a democratic pastime that denies no one the opportunity for embarrassment or, equally, ecstatic triumph. From ragged caddies to silver spoons, public links rats […]

Ralph Livingston III — Modern Hickory Golf Pioneer
August 18, 2012

“Hickory golf is a challenging sport. If you don’t like the challenge, go take up putt putt golf.” Ralph Livingston III was nothing if not passionately devoted to the game he embraced in the early 90s. His research into authentic hickory equipment and their relationship with the golf course architecture of the time led to ground-breaking theories of the game’s […]

Courses for the Hickory Soul – Highland Park Golf Course
August 16, 2012

Alabama’s Highland Park Golf Course is the home of Tad Moore’s Southern 4-Ball Hickory Championship. It’s been a popular choice as some 70 players were in the field for the 2012 contest. So, why do they like it so much? The course, the oldest in Alabama, was established in 1903 as the Country Club of Birmingham. The country club had […]

Links to Explore – The United States Golf Association

http://www.usga.org Can’t imagine why this site hasn’t been covered here earlier. Perhaps it was just too obvious, or perhaps we are just too busy with hickory golf and the USGA whispers not a word of such activities on its site. Nonetheless, the website of the reigning and governing body of modern golf in the United States is worth bookmarking for […]

The Ladies!

From “The Golfer”August 1903 Being a Toast at a Golfers’ DinnerBy William Shaw Mr. Chairman, and Gentlemen: “In spring a young man’s fancy fondly turns to thoughts of love. That may be with the fancy of the ordinary young man – the young man who does not golf. But in the spring the fancy of the young golfer turns fondly […]

Correspondent for August – Observations From the Links

At a recent Hickory Event, my group was kept in the field for more than six hours on a very hot day – at least two hours too long to be kept from the bar! In this case the main reason was given as interloping golfers jumping in at various holes between the Tournament groups – a not uncommon hazard […]

Tony Smarrelli Putts Way to 2012 U.S. Hickory Open Title
July 26, 2012

Following two days of heated – it was 97 in the shade – competition, Pinehurst resident Tony Smarrelli, 62, emerged as the 2012 U.S. Hickory Open champion.   Tony Smarrelli is shown far right with Breck Speed, CEO of Mountain Valley Spring Water, sponsor of the Society of Hickory Golfers’ Championship Series. This photo, and the photos in the gallery, […]

New Clubs Approved for Play
July 20, 2012

NOTICE to MEMBERS: Newly Approved Hickory Shafted Replica Clubs available to be played in SoHG sanctioned events.    The Equipment Committee – Rob Ahlschwede, chair – has approved the application of the BTI Company (playhickorygolf.com) for a set of irons and a special niblick for play in Society of Hickory Golfers-sanctioned events.     The irons are replicas of the early RTJ […]

Courses for the Hickory Soul – Wawashkamo Golf Course
July 13, 2012

It may not be one of the easiest courses to get to. First you’ve got to drive to the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Then you park your car, load your gear on a ferry and take the 20-minute crossing to Mackinac Island. Once on the island, a horse-drawn taxi will get you to your lodging. Plenty of places to […]

A Game for Ladies

I well remember my Father looking down his nose at the game of golf – “An old man’s game to be taken up when you can no longer play tennis.” We played our last game of tennis together when he was 87, and I waited in vain for the request of a round of golf, as he was then fully […]

End of an Era at Oakhurst?
June 26, 2012

The whispers had started before we had embarked on our annual pilgrimage to Oakhurst, and sadly they were confirmed with the official announcement by Louis Keller that the Property will be set on the auction block at the end of July. For those who have not tasted this unique hickory golf event, and the bonds of friendship and camaraderie it […]

Pondering the Duffer’s Heartache
June 14, 2012

It is said by some that one test of a golfer’s character is how he plays when the wheels are coming off. As one with a handicap index so high that it has become a standard unit of measurement in astronomical physics, I have been intimate with the frustrations born of unintended ball-striking results. As the chef brings his dish […]

Build Set to Suit Your Swing – 1913 Article
May 30, 2012

SoHG member Robert Birman discovered the following article and thought its insights worthy of sharing. Certainly the author’s conclusion that players take the time to find the right clubs is an important one and hasn’t changed over time. Click on the link below to view a PDF of the article. The Milwaukee Journal.pdf

Theft at USGA Museum
May 22, 2012

Last week at the USGA museum in Far Hills, N.J. a theft of two items left museum directors shaking their heads at the brazen nature of the crime. It’s certainly a sad and desperate act, or one foolish beyond conception. Regardless, we hope SoHG members will keep their eyes and ears open should the two items turn up somewhere, for […]

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