Heritage item of the week: golf club

This week’s heritage item is a golf club. Golf was likely invented by 15th-century Scottish shepherds, who entertained themselves by hitting anything they could find into holes and at targets. Their game evolved over the next few centuries, and in 1860 the first Open Championship was played at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in Scotland, marking the beginning of modern golf. Some club heads were made of beech while the shafts were fashioned from hickory, a wood whose elasticity allowed for the maximization of torque in a swing. Prior to that most club heads were made of thorn wood or fruitwood and were fixed to ash shafts.

If you know more about this particular golf club contact the Museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection 1987.134.1.golf club

 

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