When the Golf Collectors’ Society gathers in St. Charles for their annual national meeting and trade show, the general public will receive a ‘hat trick of free’ to attend the show. Anyone interested in the history of golf can visit the Pheasant Run Resort Mega Center and not be charged for admission, parking, or appraisals — that’s 300% free!
The three day gathering of golf collectors will feature two days of closed meetings, seminars, and bartering, with the third day, Saturday, September 19, being open to the general public with thousands of historic items available for viewing and purchase. The general public may also bring their own old, personal golf items to sell or trade, or to be evaluated; the Saturday hours are from 9:00am until 5:00pm.
The Golf Collectors’ Society will start things off on Thursday with a closed session highlighted by an enlightening USGA Symposium, and an exciting auction of varied golf memorabilia by PBA Galleries of San Francisco. Another closed day on Friday will continue the fun with Golf Collectors’ Society seminars, and the annual Golf Collector’s Society Hickory Championship at the Pheasant Run Resort course.
The Golf Collectors’ Society has invited LPGA Hall of Famer Hollis Stacy to attend their show. Hollis will join the collectors and play in the 18-hole Hickory Championship on Friday afternoon, then she will deliver the keynote speech at their Friday evening dinner. Stacy won 18 LPGA Tour events, four of those were majors — three being the U.S. Women’s Open. Only Betsy Rawls and Mickey Wright have won more U.S. Women’s Opens (4) than Hollis Stacy (3).
Hollis has experience playing golf in the Chicago area, having played at LaGrange Country Club in both the 1974 and the 1981 U.S. Women’s Opens, then again at the Merit Club in the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open. Whether your round is to be played in a major championship, any tour event, a tournament using only hickory shafted clubs, or merely a weekend round with your golf buddies, Hollis’ key words of advice are to “keep your eyes directly over the ball, keep your grip pressure between firm and light, and keep a nice even tempo on the stroke.”
The Golf Collectors’ Society is quite familiar with the Chicago area as they have previously held their annual national show at Pheasant Run; additionally, for many years the Golf Collectors’ Society Midwest trade show visited the Holiday Inn in Rolling Meadows and The Glen Club in Glenview.
Here is a photo review of the past GCS National Trade Show at Pheasant Run, along with photos of sample items that may be found available for sale at the show.