Favorite Links
March 9, 2012

www.northberwick.org.uk/clubmakers_2.html#bsayers Here’s a nifty site for fans of Scottish golf. This North Berwick-related site (the home page is (http://www.northberwick.org.uk/index.html) lists dozens of club makers, professionals and course designers with biographies on most of them and a handful of old photos to boot. You’ll find the Sayers, Jack White, Arnaud Massy, the Ferguson’s, Fred McLeod, Alex Aitken, Willie Anderson and many […]

Dr. Frank Boumphrey Passes Away
March 5, 2012

Dr. Frank Boumphrey passed away March 4, 2012. He was a beloved member of the Society of Hickory Golfers, former board member and web guru who set up the Society’s earliest web pages. He edited a early monthly newsletter for the Society called “Hickory Happenings” that set a high standard for knowledge and information about modern and early hickory golf. […]

Equipment Guidelines Update
February 15, 2012

  If you have been to the SoHG website recently and visited the Equipment Guidelines pages, you might have noticed some housecleaning. Your Equipment Committee has been busy updating these pages. Go ahead and check in for a look now. We’ll wait…. http://www.hickorygolfers.com/hickory-golf-equipment-guidelines_5127_ct.aspx Now that you’re back, here’s an explanation of what we were trying to do…   First, we […]

Courses for the Hickory Soul – Dormie Club Pinehurst N.C.

  There was much excitement and anticipation among BGCS Hickory Grail players this past November as the Pinehurst N.C. area hosted the bi-annual match at the newly established Dormie Club.   Dormie, a private club a few miles north off Beulah Hill Church Road, is a Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore design that employs their customary classic tradition to good effect along […]

Favorite Links

  www.hickorygolf.com This is the granddaddy of hickory golf sites. It was begun many years ago by modern hickory golf pioneer Ralph Livingston III, whose research into the hickory game as it was played then has brought new understanding to the clubs we hold in our hands today. Although the “Events” and “News” tabs are a bit weaker than in […]

“The Golfer” From January 1903

Though winter this year has allowed some late-, and early-, season golf, in many areas of the country, golfers must wait for sunnier and warmer days to return. Reprinted here, from “The Golfer” of January 1903 is a lament for those days. Shut-in Golfer By Allan P. Ames The course that once was gay with green Is shrouded all in […]

Balls for Hickory Play
February 13, 2012

As the new Season beckons, it seems appropriate to Your Correspondent to remind Players of the Article in the Spring 2007 Issue of the Wee Nip (SoHG website; under “Resources” to “Wee Nip” then to Spring 2007). The intervening years will have increased, rather than diminished, opinions on this essential topic, not to mention the plethora of new balls offered […]

Thoughts on Hogmanay
January 23, 2012

Before I discovered hickory golf, my predilection for liquids with alcoholic content often exercised my conscience, particularly when finding myself in “Dry Counties” and among the more abstemious of my religious friends and acquaintances. Generally, the Locals were very kind and tolerant of my evil tendency, ascribing it variously to my Irish blood and lack of sound upbringing. I am […]

Wee Nip Equipment Story
December 9, 2011

This essay/opinion is posted as a member’s response to the Autumn 2011 Wee Nip article on original and replica clubs. We invite you to post your comments too. What clubs to use?    Original or replica? That is the question. The autumn Wee Nip published a feature on the topic. Members of the SoHG board were not a little nervous […]

Tis the Season
December 8, 2011

‘Tis The Season First of all, the task of “winterizing all the Playables,” sorting and storing bags, balls and clothing; Second, auditing all the other clubs that have accumulated through impulse, habit, and bouts of “collecting” sickness, and making an early start on New Year Resolutions to confine myself to Playables only, and a divestiture of  non-qualifiers – pausing only […]

Mike Brown Award Winners
November 12, 2011

Frank Boumphrey, left, and Tad Moore, right, 2010 winners of the Mike Brown Award, present the award to 2011 co-winner Roger Hill. Roger Hill and Ralph Livingston III, both of Grand Rapids, Mich., were honored with the Society of Hickory Golfers’ annual Mike Brown award following the Mid Pines Hickory Open in Southern Pines, N.C. The award was announced following […]

InterState Tournament Receives Kansas City Media Attention
October 11, 2011

The September issue of “Tee Times Golf Guide,” a Kansas City publication, recently featured the InterState Tournament, held at The Club at Old Kinderhook at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Event director Peter Herrington is shown teeing off on the cover along with Bryant Murphy. It’s a nice feature on what is one of the season’s friendliest and most enjoyable […]

Hickory Play at the Dormie Club
October 5, 2011

INVITATION FOR PLAY AT THE DORMIE CLUB IN ADVANCE OF THE HICKORY GRAIL…   The Dormie Club is hosting the Hickory Grail, a biennial fixture of the British Golf Collectors Society that will be played Nov. 7-8. New SoHG member, Robert Birman, has made arrangements for two foursomes to play the Dormie Club on the morning of Monday, Nov. 7. […]

Canadian Gem at Niagara-on-the-Lake
September 29, 2011

The 2011 C.B. Macdonald Challenge a wonderful start to SeptemberBy Hugh Menzies Slightly shy of two centuries ago, Americans battled the Canadians at Niagara-on-the-Lake and came off second best. Not so on the weekend of Sept. 10-11, 2011. This time the American side emerged victorious in the annual C.B. Macdonald Challenge hosted by the oldest golf course in North America […]

Hickory Dream
September 22, 2011

I Have a “Hickory” Dream Before I outline my dream, let me note that the Oakhurst Links in West Virginia is acknowledged as the earliest golf course in the USA and has recently been acquired by a Foundation committed to its preservation. Secondly, that the SoHG and the HGA represent the Hickory Players of the USA and are committed to […]

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