Why play hickory golf?

Young Tom Morris Open Champion  1868, 1869, 1870,1872
Young Tom Morris
Open Champion
1868, 1869, 1870,1872

With such a prestigious history golfers have long been intrigued with the prowess of the games earliest champions and inevitably comparisons are made between the best modern players vs the great players from yesteryear. Does Tiger Woods' "Tiger Slam" compare with Bobby Jones' 1930 Grand Slam?

Harry Vardon 6 times Open Champion
Harry Vardon
6 times Open Champion

Just how good were the players from 100 years ago when Jones, Vardon, Hagen, Braid and Sarazen (to name a few) dominated the game? How good were the players from 150 years ago when the first organised golf clubs came into existence? Of course there is no way of comparing players from different eras but there is a way of experiencing how the game was played from a time long past.

 Who we are

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 My name is Ross Haslam and I am an avid player of hickory shafted golf clubs. My interest in wooden shafted clubs came via a curiosity as a collector of golf antiques. I established Hickory Golfers to provide golfers in Brisbane the opportunity to play with clubs from another era and experience what I do every week, playing the game with an appreciation of how it was when these clubs prevailed in the 1920's and 30's. To achieve this goal I have spent several years collecting and restoring clubs to compile sets of clubs ready for hickory play.

 

Golfing in Tenterfield in the early 1900's
Golfing in Tenterfield in the early 1900's

 

 What we do

  

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Hickory Golfers organizes and runs hickory golf play days for golfers curious about how the game of golf was played in the early 1900's. We are based at Nudgee Golf Club on Brisbane's northside but also run hickory events at clubs in the local Brisbane area.

Perfect for your next member, corporate, social or charity event, Hickory Golfers has a range of hickory packages for your next golf outing. Each player is provided with a basic (6-7 clubs) set of authentic hickory clubs to use and a sleeve of 3 suitable low compression "hickory friendly" balls. As part of your hickory experience we can provide instruction on what to expect when playing with hickory clubs and arrange a display showcasing some of the significant historical equipment changes from the last 150 years.

 

Our Goal

Our goal is simple, to promote Hickory golf in Brisbane.

In the early 1990's there were about 15 active hickory golfers in the United States. By 2000, when the Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG) was formed, that number had grown significantly. Today in the US there are several thousand hickory golfers and that number is growing consistently.

World Hickory Open Champion Australian Perry Somers
World Hickory Open Champion
Australian Perry Somers

By comparison there are approximately 100 active hickory golfers Australia wide. Considering Australia's almost perfect golfing climate and our immaculate hickory golfing pedigree our participation rate is relatively low.

US Hickory Open Champion Australian Alan Grieve
US Hickory Open Champion
Australian Alan Grieve

This is not because we don't appreciate the game it is simply the fact that most golfers in this country are unaware of it's existence. Hickory Golfers aim is to spread the word of Hickory golf to all in Brisbane and help to establish a player base that will allow us to coordinate regular hickory competitions and ensure the prosperity of the hickory game in Australia.