News & Offers

Turn Back the Clock: British Golf Collectors Society Brandishes the Hickory at Goswick Golf Links

August 28, 2023

Photo above: Howard Plush,who plays out of Braintree Golf Club, advances his ball on the par-5 11thhole.

A contingent of British Golf CollectorsSociety (BGCS) members took on the challenges of Goswick’s authentic linkscourse on Friday, armed with equally authentic hickory clubs that would havebeen the weapons of choice on the James Braid-designed masterpiece more than100 years ago.

On the surface, the purpose of the event wasto contest a match between BGCS members from England and Scotland. The latterwon going away 5-1.

But dig a bit deeper and you’ll see that itwas really about experiencing and celebrating the game as it used to be played.That’s a cause those of us at Goswick heartily endorse, further enriching our more than 130-year history.

The BGCS boasts some 750 members basedthroughout Great Britain & Ireland, as well as Europe and the US. You’llfind more about the group byclicking here.

Phil Little (York GC)drives off the par-4 16th tee under Harry Bowden’s (Royal Dornoch) watchful eye
Left to right, Little and Harry Maclean(Gullane GC) follow the flight of Bowden’s tee shot on the par-3 15th hole.
Bowden rolls in a parputt on the 14th hole as his partner Maclean looks on.
Left to right, Michael Arkle and RichardWallhead (both of Rothbury GC) and Gordon Shalliday and Boris Leitzow (both ofKilspindie GC) converse as the await their tee shots on the 13th.

Left to right,Bowden, Maclean, Little and Norah Aitchison (Kilspindie GC) make their way tothe green on the par-3 13th hole
Hamish Ewan (NairnGC) executes a bump-and-run shot on the 11th.