1848 - The Guttie ball was invented by Rev.
Adam Paterson made from Dried Sap of the
Malaysian Sapodilla Tree. The Sap had a
rubber-like feel that was made round by heating
and shaping in a mold. These Balls were less
expensive, allowing more people to play the
The Guttie Ball was heavier than the
Featherie, so Clubs had to be made
1860 - the first Open Championship is played
at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire
with Willie Park Sr beating Old Tom Morris by
two shots. The first 12 Opens were played at
1872 -The Claret Jug was made for the winner
of The Open as Young Tom Morris had won The
Open three years running, allowing him to keep
the original Challenge Belt.
1873 - The Open is played at St Andrews for
the first time with Tom Kidd winning.
The Open is now held at Carnoustie, Royal
Portrush, Royal St George's, St Andrews, Royal
Birkdale, Muirfield, Royal Liverpool, Royal
Lytham and St Annes, Royal Troon, and
Courses that used to host The Open are
Prestwick, Prince's, and Royal Cinuque
1898 – the Wound Golf Ball was created, made
up of a Rubber Core with Strands of Elastic
wound around the Core then covered with a
Plastic Coating. Softer Coatings for more
control were known as Balata, used by
Professionals that would change them every
three holes as they did not last long.
1900s early – Dimples were added to Golf
Balls to give more Control.
1929 – first Metal Shafted Clubs are
1934 - Henry Cotton from England won The
Open at Royal St Georges Golf Club with one of
the rounds shooting a 65, leading to Dunlop
making the legendry Dunlop 65 Golf Balls.
1939 - R&A introduced it's 14 Club
1962 - Fiberglass Shafts were introduced but
were not popular as they often cracked.
1970 - the first Graphite Shafts were
produced, becoming the Shaft of the future.
1970 - Jack Nicklaus wins The Open at St
1972 - the first modern Two Piece Balls were
introduced by Spalding with a Solid Rubber Core
covered in Plastic giving Greater Distance.
Many Professionals continued to use
Balatawound Rubber Core Balls, claiming they
had More Accuracy.
1974 - first Aluminum Woods are
1978 - Jack Nicklaus wins The Open at St
1980s - first Cavity Back Irons are
produced, claimed to have a Larger Sweat
1980s - fist Titanium Woods are
1984 - Seve Ballesteros wins the Open at St
1990 - Nick Faldo wins The Open at St
1991 - Callaway's over sized Big Bertha
Driver was introduced, first of the much Larger
1995 - John Daly won The Open at St
2000 - Tiger Woods won the US Open at Pebble
Beach and The Open Championship at St Andrews
playing with Nike Solidconstruction Balls with
a Fairly Tough Coating, leading to most
Professionals changing from Balatawound to
2005 - Tiger Woods won The Open at St
The latest trend is Woods with Titanium
Heads and Graphite Shafts which are