HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR CLUBS HISTORY
For those of you who are thinking, ‘I would like to begin research on my golf club, but I don’t know where to start,’ we would like to offer some tips on the best ways to find the information you need.
Check out this research article written by the curator of Golf Canada – The CGHF Research 101
Step 1: Form a History Committee
Step 2: Begin the Search
The first task of the committee is to inform club members of the project. Members tend to collect exactly the kind of information that you will require. Ask specifically for old club papers, photographs, trophies or other memorabilia that you can borrow, photograph or scan. Instead of spending hours looking for something that might be right under your nose, ask your members what they have!
For more modern clubs, consider performing oral history interviews with older members, who may still remember pivotal events and can provide a boundless source of anecdotes. (Keep in mind that no one’s memory is entirely reliable all of the time, so if at all possible, try to find more than one source.)
There are a lot of primary sources to help you find information. Look for:
Step 3: Sort and Organize
When your research and collecting is done, sort through the material and put it into chronological order. With the information organized in this fashion, it will be easier for you to determine the specifics on important dates, key figures and major events. Any club history should have information about founding members, location changes, changes in course layout, the evolution of the clubhouse, the growth of the membership, staff and tournaments history.
If your golf club has had members who have won a provincial or a national title, or if any such championships were ever held at your course, definitely make the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum a priority when sourcing information. If you aren’t within driving distance, try writing to the Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can gather information on these events for you. All member clubs have access to free research and referencing – a great resource right at your fingertips!
‘Is there any other places or people that you would recommend I contact?’
Alberta Golf– albertagolf.org or 1-888-414-4849.
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame – albertasportshalloffame.com or 403-341-8614.
Royal Alberta Museum
New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame – nbsportshalloffame.com/en/ or 506-453-3747
Golf New Brunswick – golfnb.ca or 506-451-1324
New Brunswick Museum – nbm-mnb.ca or 506-643-2300
Golf Association of Ontario – gao.ca or 905.852.1101
Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – nwosportshalloffame.com or (807) 622-2852
Ontario Golf Hall of Fame – gao.ca/about-us/ontario-golf-hall-of-fame/ or 905-852-1101
Golf clubs in British Columbia should contact the BC Golf Museum bcgolfmuseum.org or 604-222-4653. They have a very comprehensive collection and knowledgeable staff.
BC Sports Hall of Fame – bcsportshalloffame.com or 604-687-5520.
British Columbia Golf – britishcolumbiagolf.org or 1-888-833-2242.
Royal BC Museum – royalbcmuseum.bc.ca or 250- 356-7226
Golf Newfoundland – golfnl.ca or 709-895-8721
Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame – sportnl.ca/programs/hall_fame.php or 709-576-4932
The Rooms – therooms.ca/archives/sports_archives.asp
Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador – manl.nf.ca or 709-722-9034
|Prince Edward Island
PEI Golf – peiga.ca or 1-902-393-3293
PEI Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – peisportshalloffame.ca or 902.436.0423
PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation – peimuseum.ca or 902.368.6600
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame – halloffame.mb.ca or 204-925-5736
Golf Manitoba – golfmanitoba.mb.ca or 204-925-5730
Manitoba Museum – manitobamuseum.ca or 204-956-2830
Nova Scotia Golf Association – nsga.ns.ca or 902-468-8844
Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame – nsshf.com or 902-421-1266
Nova Scotia Museum – museum.novascotia.ca or 902-423-4677
Golf Québec – golfquebec.org or 514-252-3345
Québec Sports Hall of Fame / Panthéon des sports du Québec – rds.ca/pantheon or 514-722-2551
Golf Museum of Quebec / Musée du golf du Québec – golflescedres.com/boutique or 450.372.0167
Saskatchewan Golf Association – golfsaskatchewan.org or 306-975-0850
Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – sshfm.com or 306.780.9232
Royal Saskatchewan Museum – royalsaskmuseum.ca or (306) 787-2815
PGA of Canada – pgaofcanada.com or 1-800-782-5764
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame – sportshall.ca
LA84 Foundation – la84.org