Somethings in life can really make you smile. For me, an antique so beautifully made can quicken the pulse just as much as those monumental sporting moments that are truly a triumph. History seems to whisper that attention to detail and a honed, practiced art seem to foster near-perfection.
Humbled by dedication to the art at its finest in both arenas (antiques and sport), us mere mortals, on those very rare occasions, may be lucky enough to experience such wonderful things – finally acquiring that coveted piece of furniture or, being able to say 'I was there' when Botham destroyed the Aussies or, better still, hitting a hole-in-one in the club championship.
On this occasion my two favourite pastimes collide: I collect antiques and I am a keen golfer and when the sun shines what better way to spend a few hours than playing some of the nation's finest courses with the small addition of a beautifully crafted antique hickory club in your bag?
For my indulgent quest I turn once again to a dear acquaintance, Martyn Norris at Jenahura to source and recommend a course worthy of investment – previous experiences have taken us, just days after the Open events, to Turnberry, Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St. Anne's, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal St. George's as well as some stunning courses at Swinley Forest, Loch Lomond, Old Head and so many more. July may be an option if I can clear the diary as he is taking an event to Royal Aberdeen which was founded in 1780. Failing that he is sure to have something else worthy coming soon!
Secondly I must source a suitable new (or rather old) antique club for the bag and few seem more knowledgeable and passionate about antique equipment than Graham and Jack at www.antiquehickorygolfclubs.com. They select, inspect and sympathetically restore antique clubs in their workshop in Perthshire and have advice and a broad choice available for collecting or play.
As my many of my putts seem to miss the hole I have concluded my putter is clearly broken and needs replacing (it is nothing to do with the bag of organic matter that swings the club of course!). I have my eye on a 'Mills Vardon aluminium head putter c.1910 that is devoid of cracks and splits and therefore is unlikely to have been hurled back at a bag in frustration in it's time, a sure sign that during it's service most of the balls must have 'plopped' satisfyingly into their target hole! This is sure to knock shots off my round!
The summer starts here for me and I look forward to good golf, good company and good antiques and just possibly that one perfect, unified moment when I sink a winning putt on 18th with my antique purchase. May I invite you to indulge your senses and seek something to lift your soul from the many antiques to be found at www.antiqueforsale.co.uk and please do get in touch if you have a tale to tell as a result.
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