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New Clubs Approved for Play

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 ( 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 […]

Richard Bullock 2012 HoA Champ

Early results of Iowa’s Heart of America tournament. Congratulations to HoA Open Champ Richard Bullock whose two-day 141 topped Roger Andrews by 6. Brian Schuman came in third with 153. In the Senior Division, Bill Dickens was a winner with 150, followed by John Hutton at 153 and Dave Dunigan at 154. Congrats gentlemen! We’ll have those Championship Series point […]

Courses for the Hickory Soul – Wawashkamo Golf Course

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?

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

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

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

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 […]

Courses for the Hickory Soul – Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix Michigan

Charlevoix, Mich. is blessed with many things – with the great blue waters of Lake Michigan and the equally blue, if not as “great” waters of sparkling Lake Charlevoix. The two are joined by the natural harbor of Round Lake. These form the life of Charlevoix, the center of its natural beauty that 3,000 year-round residents share with thousands more […]

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