Wednesday, October 5

My Visit to the USGA Research Center

LARGE BANNERS OF LORENA OCHOA and Ernie Els hung at the entrance of the USGA Museum as I approached the Georgia Colonial mansion on Monday, a drizzly and chilly day in central New Jersey. Also known as the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History, the museum also houses the USGA Research Center, where I happily spent Monday and Tuesday amid stacks of golf books, periodicals and other fascinating historical materials.

The USGA Museum in Far Hills, New Jersey.
This is no ordinary library. For one thing, it’s all about golf. For another, it’s the world’s largest golf library, with more than 22,000 volumes, some of which date back to the 19th century. The research center also includes photographic archives and film and video collections. It’s the perfect place to jump start a golf book or a research or writing project.

The research center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. It’s best to make an appointment. The staff is extremely helpful. (Librarian Nancy Stulack is a whiz.) Just follow the rules. More information here.

If you go, be sure to also visit the museum. It’s terrific. I seem to end up there once a year and always enjoy the exhibits. You can tour the museum in an hour (or less), or spend longer if you’re a golf history junkie like me. More information here.

The USGA is located on a large, attractive campus in Far Hills, New Jersey, a short hop from the village of Liberty Corner and just a few miles off I-78 and I-287.

−The Armchair Golfer


Golfworld118 said...

Thanks for the sharing, Neil. It is really lucky to visit what you love for life in person. I really recalled the memory when I was a student sitting in a museum, reading books. The picture was taken by you or just a pic online?

The Armchair Golfer said...

It's an online pic. I had my camera but just didn't take the time to snap any photos. The days were full!