A retired couple walking along the beach near the famed St. Andrews links discovered an old golf ball exposed by a changing tide. This Saturday, their rare find is off to the auction block.
John McKay and his wife Margo were walking along the beach near the Jubilee course in Scotland hoping to spot a few golf balls. That they did. One of them had been buried for around 100 years.
Gutta percha balls, made from solid moulded rubber were first used on golf courses around 1850 replacing feather balls that had been used for the two previous centuries. This one dates to around the turn of the last century.
UK auction house Bonham’s has it in their golf memorabilia auction this weekend and they’re glad to tell the whole story.