‘It’s a bit more quirky’: Golf Historical Society celebrates game’s origins


Forget graphite shafts and oversized club heads. For the Golf Historical Society of Canada, it’s all about playing the game the way it was meant to be played when it was invented in Scotland in 1457.“It’s the same game,” says society member Ken Ledham.“You’re still playing golf, you’re still hitting the ball around, getting it in the hole, but it’s a bit more quirky and a bit more personality than with modern golf.”Story continues below

READ MORE: Andersen reflects on Leafs’ roster upheavalThe GHSC regularly gathers for tournaments throughout the year, forgoing modern technology for wooden clubs with hickory shafts.“It’s better than hitting a driver that cost you six hundred dollars” says Ron Dunn who organized Friday’s tournament in Wellington.Paul Dietz specializes in building and maintaining the vintage clubs and admits that hitting the ball consistently can be a challenge.READ MORE: Rick Zamperin: Kawhi thanks Raptors, Clippers owner ‘pumped’ and ‘fired up’“The weight in these [clubs] is centred beneath the sole plate,” he says. “So you’ve got to be more precise with your strike.”Then there’s the fashion. Knee-high socks, plus-four trousers, shirts and ties and Gatsby caps are commonplace on the links.WATCH: (July 11, 2019) Golf course in Smiths Falls, Ont., promoting itself as cannabis-friendly ‘It’s a bit more quirky’: Golf Historical Society celebrates game’s originshttps://globalnews.ca/news/5690601/golf-historical-society-golf-origins/