Golf roots rest in 15th-century Scotland. Initially a game played primarily by the aristocracy and gentry, by the mid-19th century the game was accessible to everyone. By 1900, golf courses were located throughout Great Britain and the United States.
Golf collectibles divide into four basic groups: (1) golf books, (2) golf equipment, (3) items associated with a famous golfer, and (4) golf ephemera ranging from tournament programs to golf prints. Golf collecting has become highly specialized. There are several price guides to golf balls. There is even a price guide to golf tees.
References: Chuck Furjanic, “Antique Golf Collectibles,” Krause Publications, 1997; John F. Hotchkiss, “500 Years of Golf Balls,” Antique Trader Books, 1997; John M. Olman and Morton W. Olman, “Golf Antiques & Other Treasures of the Game,” Expanded Edition, Market Street Press, 1993; Beverly Robb, “Collectible Golfing Novelties,” Schiffer Publishing, 1992.
by Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”