If you thought golf clubs are expensive nowadays, you clearly haven’t seen these clubs. From gold and diamond encrusted clubs to antiques dating back to the 17th century, some of these have fetched over $100,000.
Here are 10 of the most expensive golf clubs ever sold around the world.
Honma Five Star Golf Clubs
If you are not going to go big, you might as well go home. We start with a full set from Japanese golf club manufacturer Honma, but this is not just any set. This is their famous Five Star edition which comes with the whole kit and kaboodle including a driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges, putter, bag, head covers, and, of course, you can’t forget about tees.
The 14 piece set is made from gold and platinum and was sold for $75,000 all in. The brand is especially popular in Japan, though there are some prominent celebrity users in the United States, like the actors Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito.
Andrew Dickson Long-Nosed Putter
The oldest verified club with the manufacturer’s stamp was a putter from Andrew Dickson from the 1700’s. Because of its authenticity and rarity, this club was a piece many collectors battled for garnering the absurdly high price. To this day it still is the most expensive single club ever sold, fetching $181,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.
Titleist Scotty Cameron Tiger Woods Stainless Masters Winner Limited Edition
Titleist released only 21 of this limited edition Scotty Cameron Newport 2.0 Tiger Woods edition putter. It was designed to the exact specifications of the now 14-time major winner. The asking price for it was $20,000. While it’s an amazing collector’s item, unfortunately, it doesn’t help you putt like Tiger!
Maruman Majesty Prestigio Driver
Maruman was a major sponsor of the professional Japan Golf Tour back in the early ’90s. It also was one of the more prestigious names in golf clubs. This limited edition Maruman Majesty Prestigio Driver is made with fullerene titanium head and tungsten weights, along with a super light shaft. At just $2,000, this is one of the least expensive clubs on this list!
Long-Nosed Scraped Golf Club
The club was known as a long-nosed scraper or long spoon and dated back to the 18th century. As early Scottish links courses were tended most by its resident sheep, golfers needed a heavy and hearty club to cut through the thick grass. Therefore, the scraper was designed with a good load of lead and a fair amount of loft for effective use in high grass and tough rough, much like today’s rescue clubs. It sold for $91,000 in a Sotheby’s auction.
Square Toe Light Iron Golf Club
This square toe light iron dating to the 17th century was one of the dozen or so surviving iron heads in existence. Back in the day, it was used when the ball lied “on the surface of sandy ground.” Due to the condition and rarity of this club, it fetched $151,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.
Adams Golf Tight Lies Spin Control
Who knew Adams made such an expensive golf club? This here is their Tight Lies Spin Control line that retailed for $8,500! Unless it magically hits every par-5 green in two, we aren’t sure who’d spend that kind of money for a fairway metal.
A.G. Spalding & Brothers Palmer Patent Fork Shaft Wood
You’ve heard of the Spalding brand. They’ve been manufacturing quality sports goods since 1876. But did you know they made a club that sold for $49,000 in an auction? This wooden wood features “Spalding” stamped on it, as well as a fiber slip screwed into leading edge of the sole, lead back weight, and a crown drilled with two sockets to receive a unique forked wooden shaft.
Barth & Sons Golden Putter First Lady Special Edition
Made with a gold shaft, leather grip, head with crystal inlays and plenty of other expensive features, the First Lady Special Edition of this putter runs a mere $150,000. It’s coated with 24-carat gold on the shaft and comes in a cherry wood case. This is a German-made club with a five-micrometer thick coating of 24-carat gold in the shaft. Made of cherry wood, it also has diamonds encrusted on it, thus accounting for its $150,000 price tag. A version without the diamonds cost about 50 times less.
Simon Cossar Fruitwood Metal-Headed Blade Putter
Simon Cossar was actively making golf clubs from the late 18th century to the early part of the 19th century and was one of the first to start stamping his name into the clubs he made. The shaft on this extravagant putter is made of fruitwood and has a complementary fastened hosel. It fetched $165,000 when sold at auction.