All things Hickory Golf
1) I COLLECT 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.
2) I HAVE 55 SETS OF HICKORY GOLF CLUBS WHICH I HIRE OUT FOR "HICKORY GOLF DAYS"
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.
3) I MAKE RELICAS OF VERY EARLY AND RARE GOLF CLUBS
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.
4) I MAKE REPLICAS OF SOME VERY OLD AND RARE GOLF BALLS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you.
Gavin Bottrell email@example.com 07708 661 659 (UK mobile)
5) I SELL HICKORY GOLF CLUBS AND RARE GOLF BALLS
Click this link to be taken to my online shop Hickory Golf Clubs for Sale
6) YOU CAN SEE LOTS OF MY VIDEOS ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL by following this link
ARTICLES RELATED TO GOLF COLLECTING, PLAYING HICKORY GOLF AND THE HISTORY OF GOLF
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