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Timewarp Golf Gavin Bottrell

My name is Gavin Bottrell and I live in Warwickshire, England. I was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Scotland and England. As a "wee bairn" we lived opposite a golf course in Scotland and perhaps those early years sowed a fascination for the game of golf. However, I didn't actually start playing the game until my mid-twenties. So whilst I am truly fanatical about the game my handicap have never quite reached single figures...11 is my current handicap.

Here's what I get up to..

LAST UPDATE: 20th May 2021

COLLECTING ANTIQUE GOLF CLUBS

In 1995 I stumbled upon a set of clubs in a junk shop in Dorset. You can read the full story in the article list below. My life truly changed that day. My collection of old clubs grew very quickly over the years. I currently have a select collection of clubs and balls. My oldest artefact dates to the mid-1600s.

HIRING OUT SETS OF PLAYABLE ANTIQUE GOLF CLUBS FOR "HICKORY GOLF"

In 2003 I had amassed so many clubs that I decided to start a small business hiring them out for play...and so "Timewarp Golf" was born. Since then I have done "hickory golf days", as they are termed, at clubs through the British Isles and as far away as China. It's been absolutely great fun and I've met loads of great people doing it. If you'd like to do a hickory golf event please get in touch for a no obligation chat about the possibilities.

CLUB-MAKING

In June 2006 I made my first wooden shafted golf club from scratch. You can find my account in the articles below. I'm fairly good with my hands so despite having no training, and trying to remember the basics of woodwork learnt at secondary school, I jumped head first into it. Since then I've made over 100 wooden shafted clubs, and my speciality is making replicas of the oldest clubs. My replicas have found homes in collections and museums across the world.

BALL-MAKING

Shortly after making my first club, a replica of an 1850 wood, I decided to make a "feathery golf ball" to hit with it. Little did I know that another obsession would begin. Feather-filled golf balls were used from the 15th to the mid-19th century and only a relatively small number survive. They are very expensive to buy and so hitting one is not really an option..so I decided to make one! I have spend many many hours practising the art and have slowly uncovered the secrets of this ancient craft. I am currently writing up my findings with the intention of publishing...watch this space.

In recent times I have also made playable replicas of gutty golf balls, as used between 1850 and 1900. You can see my making some of these hand-hammered gutta balls on my YouTube Channel...search for #TimewarpGolf on there.

If you have any questions, or just like to chat about old golf stuff, you can contact me on info@timewarpgolf.com I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Gavin. ************************************************************************************************

ARTICLES RELATED TO GOLF COLLECTING, PLAYING HICKORY GOLF AND THE HISTORY OF GOLF

MAR 2016 - My Timewarp Golf Challenge for 2016 - Trying to break 80 with Antique, Vintage, Classic and Modern Golf Clubs!

MAR 2016 - More thoughts on the origins of The Troon Clubs

FEB 2016 - My latest Troon Club Replica

FEB 2016 - Unusual Antique Hickory Golf Table

JUNE 2015 - Harry Vardon and Ted Ray Champion Golfers

FEB 2013 - A Putter by John Jackson of Perth

JUNE 2012 - my golfing trip to St.Andrews

SEP 2011 - The Troon Golf Clubs- My Jacobite Theory

SEP 2011 - BBC Magazine Article

JUNE 2008 - Blackheath's 400th Anniversary Hickory Golf Tournament

JAN 2008 - New Gift Idea - Engraved Putters

Click on the images to be taken to my webshop

Engraved Putter

JUNE 2007 - Antique Golf Clubs for Sale

JUNE 2006 - My first attempt at making a long nose golf club

JUNE 2005 - A short history of Golf from 1457

AUGUST 2004 - How a chance discovery turned me into a golf collector

JUNE 2004 - Antique Golf Club Names

Antique Clubs for Sale

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Engraved Putter

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