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What is the most valuable golf artifact?

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Any sign of Tilly's hip flask?  TE Paul would probably pay a pretty penny to get a hold of that!"


However, to me the most valuable golf or golf architecture artifact has to be Max Behr's typewriter or failing that his pen! Can you imagine it? It would be something in one's collection the great man actually touched! How about that hat Max had on in that delightful photo taken of him in California? Imagine it---you'd have something in your collection that actually rested upon and perhaps even warmed the greatest mind in the history of golf or architecture, possibly even the greatest mind in the history of mankind!!


I'd settle for Behr's 4th grade report card when he was in Mrs. Grundy's class. The rumour has it it starts out something like this.......

"Maxie is a lovely and curious little boy, but he spends far too much time reading Roget's Thesaurus, while ignoring the basic rules of grammar.  He will probably have a long and fulfilling life as an actuary or scrivener........."

"Maxie is a lovely and curious little boy, but he spends far too much time reading Roget's Thesaurus, while ignoring the basic rules of grammar."


Rules of grammar?? Rules like that are for insecure and narrow-minded people, apparently such as yourself since you constantly make such an issue of it. Rules of grammar should never stultify the pen of a "beautiful mind" like Max Behr! Even as a 4th grader he was on an entirely different and far higher level than some Mrs Grundy moralizing rules of grammar.

What is the oldest golf club (implement not course) in existence?  That's what I'd like to own if I were a collector.

I did a Google search and came up with these in the British Golf Museum:

The Royal Troon Golf Clubs  


This unique set of 6 woods and 2 irons was found in a concealed cupboard at 160 High Street, Hull during internal alterations in 1898. The house had been rebuilt after a fire by its then owners, the Maister family, in 1700 and among other items found with the clubs was an old newspaper dated 1741.

The irons are thought to date from the late 17th century and the woods, which appear to be 3 pairs of clubs, from the early 18th century. One of the irons and all 6 woods are stamped with a lozenge with a crown over a thistle, a mullet between, flanked with the letters IC. These were probably the marks of the owner as the irons would almost certainly have been made by a different craftsman than the woods.

These clubs were presented in 1899 to Troon Golf Club by Adam Wood, who was Captain of the club from 1893 to 1897.

Adam Wood:

Adam Wood was an original member of Troon Golf Club, joining in 1878. He was an avid collector of “curios” which may explain why the clubs were given to him originally. He gifted the set of clubs to Troon Golf Club in 1915.

Maister House, 160 High Street, Hull:

This was the home of the Maister family. They were a major shipping family in Hull at a time when it was a wealthy trading centre. These trading links may explain why the clubs came into the family’s possession.

The house is now owned by the National Trust.


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