Golf is a patient man’s game. Some think of it as an easy sport, in which you spend half your day pummeling a ball until it falls down a hole. Even some of the toughest athletes in the world find this sport difficult and frustrating. Just ask Charles Barkley or Michael Jordan. They may be able to run up and down a basketball court for 48 minutes, but walking down the fairway is a totally different challenge.
In playing the game, you will need a complete golf club set. The set should include several fairway woods, irons, wedges and a putter in a golf bag, along with some accessories like tees and head covers. As you gain more experience, you can create a personalized set by buying special clubs that you find especially useful.
These clubs however can cost a fortune. Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive golf clubs in the world.
10. Maruman Majesty Prestigio Driver – $2,000
Maruman is one of the most prestigious names in golf clubs. It was a major sponsor in the Japan PGA Tour back in the 90’s. It released a driver that featured a fullerene titanium head. In order to optimize the club, tungsten weights were inserted in three different locations. The shafts are also extremely light in order for the golfer to offer a sharp follow through and give him a good feel for the ball. The Maruman Majestry Prestigio Driver costs $2,000.
9. Adams Golf Tight Lies Spin Control – $8500
Adams Golf is a manufacturer of golf clubs based in Plano in Texas. Barney Adams established the company in 1991 after buying the assets of the bankrupt Preceptor Golf in 1988. At first, the company specialized in golf clubs that were custom fitted for the user. The clubs were associated with Hank Haney after he set up a fitting and repair shop at his golf ranch. Haney was also the coach of Tiger Woods at that time. Along with Carol Mann, a Hall of Famer, and Bill Rogers, the 1981 British Open champion, Haney served as spokesperson of Adams Golf. The Tight Lies line of the company proved to be a commercial success, with the Spin Control retailing for as much as $8,500.
8. Titleist Scotty Cameron Tiger Woods Stainless Masters Winner Limited Edition – $20,000
Titleist is the American brand name of Fila’s golf equipment. A limited edition of the stainless clubs similar to the ones used by Tiger Woods in one of his Masters victory were released by the company. Only 21 units were made of the special clubs designed by Scotty Cameron. Titleist clubs were so favored by Woods that even after he had moved his endorsement to Nike, he still used his old Titleists. The clubs are made of pure material of metal, brass or copper. There are no plastic inserts used because the company believes it may compromise the integrity of the club, as plastics may change shape or deform during travel at high altitude. This one is priced at $20,000.
7. Honma Five Star Golf Clubs – $32,000
The Five Star golf club set from the Japanese manufacturer called Honma is the most expensive set currently on the market. By set, the company means drivers, woods, irons, wedges and putter, along with the bag, tees and head covers. The Honma Five Star golf set has 14 pieces, each made out of gold and platinum. 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. This club set is priced at $32,000.
6. A.G. Spalding & Brothers Palmer Patent Fork Shaft Wood – $49,000
Spalding is a name that has been associated with sports for a long time. It is known mainly for its basketballs, though it also manufactures a range of products for other sports, like baseball, American football, volleyball, softball and soccer. Albert Spalding Jr. founded the company in 1876 and it has remained a huge name in sports manufacturing. Several decades ago, the company also created golf clubs. A Palmer Patent Fork Shaft Wood was sold in a 2007 Sotheby’s auction for $49,000. The head was stamped with “The Spalding” and it came from the antique golf club collection of Jeffrey B. Ellis.
5. Long-Nosed Scraped Golf Club – $91,000
A long spooner was also made available during a 2007 Sotheby’s auction. The club was billed as a long-nosed scraper and dated back to the 18th century. Despite its age, the club was in excellent condition. It was auctioned off for $91,000.
4. Barth & Sons Golden Putter First Lady Special Edition – $150,000
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.
3. Square Toe Light Iron Golf Club – $151,000
How many antique golf clubs from the 17th century can you still find? Experts believe that only around a dozen are still available, much less in good condition. A light iron from the 1600’s with a square toe was auctioned off during the 2007 Sotheby’s auction for $151,000.
2. Simon Cossar Fruitwood Metal-Headed Blade Putter – $165,000
One of the first club manufacturers to stamp his name into the clubs was a man named Simon Cossar. He was actively making golf clubs from the late 18th century to the early part of the 19th century. Christie’s auctioned off a putter that was attributed to him in 1998 for $165,000. The club features a metal headed blade putter, which was already rare in itself; it also had an even rarer shaft made of fruitwood and hozel. It would have been even more expensive if it was really verified as a Cossar club.
1. Andrew Dickson Long-Nosed Putter – $181,000
The oldest verified club with the club manufacturer’s stamp was a putter from Andrew Dickson from the 1700’s. Sotheby’s auctioned off this long-nosed putter in 2007 for $181,000.