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PBA Galleries – Rare Golf Books and Memorabilia

The San Francisco based PBA Galleries Auction House a renowned purveyor of rare golf books and memorabilia have their next auction on 12 April 2018 consisting of the collection of John Burns and the Library of Ron Muszalski.

Rare golfing books of Irish interest include:

The Irish Golf Directory, for 1929-30, Hewson, Lionel, editor

“First Edition. Includes chapters on rule decisions, championships, the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golfing Union, etc. The first copy we have encountered.”


Golf Stories by Marietta – Dublin 1905

“A rare early Irish golf book. D&J M9880. Not in the USGA Library collection or Alistair Johnston’s latest list, and the first copy PBA has encountered.”

Both lots were unsold after bididng had ceased.

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Irish Golf Quotes

Of all the golfers I have watched down the years there was one whose game had a quality of excitement that was incomparable. Hogan and Cotton could stir the imagination..Thomson and Snead could create an awareness of beauty..but the golf of none of these men had a greater dramatic appeal for me than that of James Bruen, Citizen of Cork.

Pat Ward-Thomas

“The Klondyke and the Dell are defective golf holes, but at Lahinch they are absolutely right: two living museum pieces, two perfect holes”

Herbert Warren Wind

“But the links giveth and the links taketh away. It can be cruel and beautiful, usually in the same round, occasionally on the same hole, and once in a while on the same shot.”

Tom Watson : True Links by George Peper and Malcolm Campbell