37 historic golf items to go under the hammer

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim July 7, 2015 11:23

An auction of 37 historic golfing items could raise as much as a quarter of a million pounds.


On July 15, at Eden Club, St Andrews, the ‘Rare Golf Memorabilia’ Lyon & Turnbull auction will take place.

rare golf ball

Items going under the hammer include the book The Golf Courses of the British Isles by Bernard Darwin, grandson of scientist Charles and the first ever president of the Golf Club Managers’ Association, which is estimated to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000.

old club

Lot 37, which is estimated to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000 is items belonging to Thistle Golf Club, which was established in 1815, making it one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, and is now the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield. The items include an 1822 silver prize medal, an 1822 manuscript scorecard and the rules of Thistle Golf Club.

thistle golf club

Other notable items include an 1894 Royal Dublin Golf Club Irish Open medal, which is estimated to sell for up to £15,000, a first presentation tri-fold piece given to 1935 Masters winner Gene Sarazen by Ben Hogan, which is estimated to receive bids up to £30,000, a signed copy of Down the Fairway, the Golf Life and Play of Robert T. Jones Jnr, estimated to go for at least £15,000, ‘Willie Dunn’s Stars and Stripes’ golf ball from 1897, estimated to sell for at least £20,000 and several old golf clubs and paintings.

robert t jones

Paul Roberts, vice chairman of Lyon & Turnbull, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to take part in an exclusive auction of important golfing items. Due to the nature of the location we decided to opt for a ticket-only auction audience on a first come-first served basis.

payne stewart willie dunn royal dublin gc painting

arnold palmer

“For those that can’t get to the auction there will be the opportunity to bid live online or by telephone, so no one will miss out.”


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim July 7, 2015 11:23
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