Hickories, History Refreshed at Florida’s Winter Park
November 29, 2016

We just love it when city fathers agree that a historic old golf track must be preserved. Such enlightened thinking is rare these days among city fathers. Thus, when the mindful custodians of what is good and right in Winter Park, Fla. decided that their little municipal course must be saved and renovated, well, the cause of mashie and niblick […]

National Hickory Golf Day
November 19, 2016

May 7 Golf Courses Everywhere Every city, Everywhere North America and abroad National Hickory Day is the second annual event for a yearly homage to hickory golf, designed for the first Sunday in May. The promotion was proposed by SoHG member Durel Billy, who is chairman of the APNational Golf Club in Seattle, Wash. Hickory golfers, regional hickory golf groups, the Golf […]

Whistling Straits Beckons for Kohler Challenge
November 18, 2016

May 12-13 Whistling Straits and Irish Course Kohler, Wisc. Agenda for the Kohler Challenge: Your entry fee includes your greens fee for both Friday on the Straits course and Saturday on the Irish course and your corresponding caddie fee for the Straits course on Friday (caddie is mandatory) and awards. What it does not include is your tip on Friday for the caddie (course […]

2017 Czech Hickory Championship
November 17, 2016

May 20 Golf Club Svratka Svratka, Czech Republic Built in 1932, Svratka Golf Club is celebrating the 85th anniversary of the club and 70th anniversary of the course. Start: 10: a.m. from hole No. 1 or shotgun – depending on the number of players Form of Play: The Championship will be decided by brutto – stroke play – over 18 holes according to the lowest score. In case […]

Martin Masters Mid Pines for 2016 Championship Series Crown
November 7, 2016

Beautiful weather was the inducement to great play at the 13th annual Mid Pines Hickory Open in Southern Pines, N.C. Though late in 2016, the event is the season opener for the 2016-17 Championship Series of the Society of Hickory Golfers. Some 89 hickory golfers competed on the wonderful Donald Ross-designed Mid Pines course, a favorite of many of the participants. The competitors […]

Wee Nip Subscriptions for 2017
October 29, 2016

There are still plenty of us who enjoy sitting down with our favorite books and periodicals. Just something nice about relaxing in a good chair with a good read and a soothing beverage at hand. Though the SoHG’s Wee Nip can always be viewed online, you have the option to subscribe to the printed version. It’s easy to do. For U.S. members […]

Frank Flood Wins Jersey Shore Outing of MHS
October 21, 2016

Participants in the Metropolitan Hickory Society’s Jersey Shore outing had a beautiful day to golf on Oct. 19. Frank Flood of Connecticut took home the Open Division Championship with a sweet 80 at the wonderful Spring Lake Golf Club in Spring Lake, N.J. Jon Byron shot a fine 83 to take home the Runner-Up Medal in the Open Division. In […]

Old School

Golf lovers head to Green Lake to play the sport the way it began by Aaron Becker aaronb@riponprinters.com The new golf pro at Lawsonia wondered if he’d stepped into a time machine. “It doesn’t feel like 2016, Josh Carroll thought as he tooled around the Green Lake Course in late September. “Everyone’s got the hickory shaft. The club makes a […]

Nebraska Golfers Celebrate Johnny Goodman, Add Hall of Fame
October 18, 2016

Newly renamed as the Johnny Goodman River City Hickory Championship, this event of the Nebraska Hickory Golfers Association was held at the Happy Hollow Country Club on Oct. 15. In conjunction with the event, the NEHGA inaugurated a Hickory Hall of Fame, inducting as its first three honorees Alexander Findlay, Johnny Goodman, and Randy Jensen. Twenty players in the 2016 […]

Wisconsin Newspapers Finds USHO a Colorful Story
October 17, 2016

From the DeForest Times Sun Prairie, Wisc. By Joe Pruski A century ago it would have been common for men in knickers and plaid vests to talk about their mashies, jiggers, and niblicks while setting off on an early morning round of golf. While those days, and much of the equipment from that era, are long gone, a growing group of enthusiasts led by the […]

Short Video of Sandy Lyle at World Hickory Open
October 16, 2016

The following video of Sandy Lyle at the 2016 World Hickory Open is on the Reuters News website. Click here to see the video.

Seven Vie for Three SoHG Board Openings
October 14, 2016

Oct. 14, 2016 Seven SoHG members have indicated they would like to stand for three open board positions. One position was created by the passing of Mike Just, whose Board term, along with Dave Brown and Hamp Munsey, ends on Dec. 31, 2016. Each Board term is for three years. The seven candidates are Durel Billy, Hugh Cameron, Ben Hollerbach, Scott McAllister, Bob […]

Remembrances of Mike Just
October 13, 2016

Memories of Mike from several of his close friends and acquaintances. Plus a few photos from here and there. Mike Just was not only a friend but he was also a business partner. When I started making the first new wood shafted clubs since the early 1930s here in the USA I went to Mike to make the wooden heads […]

Sandy Lyle Adds to ‘Major’ Titles with Another World Hickory Open Victory

World Hickory Open Champion Sandy Lyle is pictured with his trophies at Panmure Golf Club. © Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES Oct. 13, 2016 By Wendy Glass Carnoustie Country After two days of highly-competitive games between many of the world’s top hickory golfers, double Major winner Sandy Lyle has claimed the World Hickory Open Champion title for 2016. “I’m delighted […]

Hickory Golf Like Falling Out of Plane for New Player
October 12, 2016

By Brian Giboney (Brian Giboney is an SoHG member who has been an avid parachutist for years. He is a long-time contributor to Parachutist magazine and also pens the occasional free-lance golf article. He was happy to share this outing with his friends in the SoHG. – Ed.) In life we all meet some very unique people.  Through my passion for the sport of […]

SoHG Housekeeping

Three SoHG Board positions come vacant with the new year. Nominations for candidates may be sent to Ed Ronco. We'll post the candidates and their information to the website on Oct. 1. Voting will take place from Nov. 1-30. New board members will be announced Dec. 1.
The U.S. Hickory Open organizing committee is accepting applications for future venues. Click here to learn more.
USHO pages have been, and will be, updated as information becomes available.
Updated Championship Series points are posted. Click here.
As always, please send your letters, comments, photos, and articles for Wee Nip contributions to Jim Davis.

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