Keiser University College of Golf Students Really Experience The History of Golf

First Semester students at Keiser University College of Golf have a History of Golf class, and they get to see, touch, and feel equipment, books, and pictures from bygone eras. Golf and Golf Digest Magazines from the 1950’s and 1960’s are available for perusal, as well as golf clubs, balls, and bags from every decade from the 1920’s through the 1980’s. History of Golf instructor Ken Martin, PGA Professional Certified in Instruction and General Management, brought in his collection of yardage books from Augusta National that he used when caddying for Masters Champion Sandy Lyle, in addition to caddy bibs, coach badges, yardage books, signed flags, and towels from other tournaments around the world. Wooden shafted clubs from the early 1900’s were on display the first two weeks of class, in addition to replica featherie and gutta percha golf balls, and golf instruction books written in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

As the content of the class shifted to more modern times, so did the equipment on display. All items displayed in the classroom come from Ken Martin’s and Dr. Eric Wilson’s private collections. Students gain a unique perspective of history when they can touch and hold memorabilia from previous times, including hickory shafted golf clubs and putters that are more than 100 years old. Feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive, and most students wish the History of Golf class was longer in length.

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