How about a little respect for the USGA’s memorabilia collection? You won’t believe how much stuff they’ve got –and what they’re doing with it.
Following more than three years of renovation, expansion and new construction, the United States Golf Association Museum celebrated the grand opening of the USGA Museum and the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History on Tuesday.
Located in Far Hills, New Jersey, he museum has more than 42,000 artifacts of famous golfers, 20,000 library volumes, thousands of hours of film and more than 500,000 photographs.
The expansion encompasses the new 16,000-square-foot Palmer Center, comprising more than 5,000 square feet of public exhibition galleries, a research room to facilitate access to the collections and state-of-the-art storage areas that provide the proper climate and security for the long-term care of historical artifacts.
Throughout the galleries, highlights from the Museum’s world-class collection are featured, including the clubs used by Francis Ouimet in the 1913 U.S. Open; Bob Jones’s famous putter, Calamity Jane II; Ben Hogan’s 1-iron from the 1950 U.S. Open; and the makeshift Wilson 6-iron Alan Shephard used to hit golf’s first lunar shot remain showcase pieces of the collection. Modern memorabilia from Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart, Annika Sorenstam and many other stars of today’s game are also on display.
In the Museum’s new Research Center, visitors can view, study, and examine artifacts, documents, and memorabilia from the collections in one area. These collections include a library, photographic collection, film and video collection, and a museum collection.
The USGA believes 50,000 visitors will find their way to Somerset County where USGA executive director David Fay says many of “our neighbors include horses, cows and sheep.”
GolfWeek magazine has more and also reports that the USGA is creating a ‘virtual museum’ on its website and will also have a travelling exhibit.