Alan just posted about a rare Nike Golf putter headcover that’s for sale on eBay, and I wanted to follow up with a quick post about another special Nike Golf headcover. You may have noticed in the photos of the Athlete scripting for the Open Championship that there is a putter headcover included in the photos. It looks to be a special Method putter headcover for this week’s Open Championship at Hoylake.
Although the resolution of the photos is not good enough to see it in full detail, it looks to have a red and blue racehorse pattern on the neck area. I love the nod to the legacy of horse racing at Royal Liverpool, which was built on the grounds of the existing race track. The following is from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club website:
Built in 1869, on what was then the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, Hoylake is the oldest of all the English seaside courses with the exception of Westward Ho! in Devon, which was established just a few years earlier. Robert Chambers and George Morris were commissioned to lay out the original Hoylake course, which was extended to 18 holes in 1871. This was also the year in which the Club was granted its Royal designation thanks to the patronage of His Royal Highness The Duke of Connaught.
For the first seven years of its life the land still performed its original function, doubling as a golf course and a horse racing track – indeed, echoes of this heritage can be found today in the names of the first and eighteenth holes, Course and Stand, while the original saddling bell still hangs in the club house. Once the horses had been dispatched to pastures new Hoylake began to take its place in the history of golf in general and of the amateur game in particular.
I doubt we’ll see this headcover at retail, as I’m guessing this one was created for the Athletes only. But it’s still cool to see the custom items that Nike Golf creates for its athletes for the major tournaments each year.