Golf Historical Society of Canada

With your brassie, mashie and niblick ...
Enjoy a shared experience
Recreate historical events
Play historical courses
Feel the drama of the Old Game
Find your inner Vardon, Jones or Collett
Search for buried treasure ...
... and find it
Visit heaven on earth, and finally ...
Dress up, join the cast and play your part!
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Golf Historical Society of Canada (GHSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun and enjoyable historical golf experiences through playing, collecting, learning and sharing.

 At GHSC, we promote and support …

We provide our members and guests with frequent opportunities to play fun—casual and competitive—historical golfoften on Canadian historical courses, using golf clubs that were in use circa 1850 to 1935These clubs may be original antiques or replicas and have hickory or other forms of wood shafts.

For us, “hickory golf” takes a player back to the game’s roots and we view this look-back as providing a positive and beneficial experience. We also encourage play with vintage “classic steel” clubs circa 1924 and later.

We assist Canadian private and public golf courses in celebrating their important anniversaries by helping them run fun hickory golf events for their members, using our loaner equipment and easy how-to-play instruction.

Whether antique clubs, memorabilia, or other golf collectibles, collecting these treasures is a fun hobby for many. We typically hold trade shows and “boot sales” throughout the year where our members have opportunities to buy, sell or trade collectibles.

Canadian golf history is full of interesting and colourful people and places, with great stories, and we enjoy informing people about them.

Historical golf, especially hickory golf, is now part of an international community and through our GHSC Hickory Ambassadors, we add our Canadian voice to that community.

We believe you’ll enjoy our new website, video and social media. And if you’re not already a GHSC member, we’d love for you to experience “the Old Game” as it was once played. We’ll even loan you some hickory clubs to try it out! 

BTW, here’s a link to Jason Lusk’s article about playing hickory golf for the first timealbeit in the U.S. Hickory Open!

Did you know that it’s really easy to get an official Golf Canada hickory handicap? As a GHSC member, it’s free. Golfers new to handicapping will only need a minimum of three 18-hole scores (or equivalent combination of 9-hole scores). Scores must be entered using the hole-by-hole score entry. Members who have not yet established a Hickory Handicap should contact Barbara Allan, GHSC Handicap Chair (, to get registered in the Golf Canada Scoring Centre.

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Cambridge, ON N1R 5S7

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