An attractive bevelled back putter having a decorative stamped face and retains the original hide grip. This club is suitable for play. The length is 34.25” (87cm).
The head shows both the makers name and his ‘crescent moon’ cleekmark, plus the model name ‘The Sovereign Putter’.
The head has been lightly cleaned and polished and small dint marks have been removed. The blade measures 3.75” (9.5cm) from toe to heel at the rear of the head.
The straight shaft is tight to the head. The grip has been re whipped with black waxed linen thread.
Originally a blacksmith’s forge was founded at Carnoustie in 1893 by James Gourlay snr but changed to machine production in 1904. After his death in 1908 the firm was run by family members until his son James jnr was able to take over around 1914-15 just before the 1st world war.
Jimmy (as he was known) eventually headed for the U.S & Canada but the firm continued to supply club heads until the early 1930’s.
The firm used various cleek marks, i.e. Star, Crescent Moon and a Horseshoe, plus an Anchor which was used for heads supplied to the famous local club maker Robert Simpson.
Buying Hickory Clubs for Play
This club(s) has been carefully inspected and sympathetically restored to a condition suitable for playing hickory golf. However it is important to remember that the average age of a hickory club is between 80 to 100 years and even older in some cases so you are purchasing an item of golf history, i.e. a golfing antique.
The majority of hickory clubs will be fine for play when handled with care but there are a few that even after being restored can have problems. For example iron heads become loose, shafts can split and socket joints do sometimes break down under the stress of the golf swing, the impact of hitting a golf ball or another hard object such as a stone or practice mat. These are the risks that you must be prepared to accept when playing with hickory clubs and therefore we cannot be held responsible should such damage occur.
GOLF BALLS – Important Advice.
It is always advisable to use a ‘soft feel’ ball when playing hickory golf to help prevent damaging the clubs. Most modern balls have a hard outer coating that can damage the face of a wood and put unnecessary strain on the socket joint. Hard balls can also cause an iron head/hosel to become loose from the wooden shaft. Driving range balls also invariably have a hard outer coating, plus hitting off rubber practice mats can sometimes loosen iron heads. Always practice on a grass surface.
Please refer to New Mesh & Dimple Balls for Hickory Play (see main menu) to view our replica 1920’s style soft feel balls.
Keeping Your Club(s) In Good Condition:
After a round of golf, should your clubs have become wet during play please ensure that you thoroughly clean and dry the heads when arriving home. Applying a thin coat of ‘gun oil’ to the iron heads helps protect against rust forming.
It is advisable to store your hickory clubs in a cool dry place. Too much moisture or heat can affect the hickory shafts, for example the shaft can shrink within the hosel causing the head to become loose. The cooler the environment - the better.
Please refer to the Postal Prices, Payments & Returns page.
Orders consisting of more than one club will significantly reduce the postal charge for the added club(s) or other items, i.e. the cost to send up to 8 clubs is virtually the same as for one club so should a friend also wish to make a purchase then combine the orders and save money. Please contact me for a postal quote BEFORE placing your order on the website.