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The “Park”


The “Park” gutta percha (hardened sap of the Malaysian sopadilla tree) ball traces its history to 1848 when a St. Andrews student, Robert Paterson, melted discarded gutta from his worn shoe bottoms and rolled it into a golf ball. Willie Park, Sr. won the first Open Championship in 1860. Willie Jr. would win in 1887 and 1889 and become an international golf club maker and course architect.

We make this fully playable ball from imported synthetic gutta percha.  The gutta is warmed to a soft putty like consistancy, then compressed in 1890's style line cut molds and allowed to cool.  It is then trimmed and hand painted 6 times. Finally, 4 coats of polyacrylic are applied for durability.  This process takes 4 to 6 weeks.  

The Park gutta percha ball is approved for these pre-1900 golf events (i.e.  National Hickory Championship, Wisconsin Gutty Challenge and Foxburg Hickory Championship).  

At the NHC, the PARK ball is THE approved for use in the Open division.

Interested in customizing this ball with a company logo or a personal mark? See our Customization Page for more details.


Ball Size:

1.70 in

Ball Weight:

24.5 dwt

Historical Period:

c. 1850 -1905

The Park - 12 Ball Gift Box
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    12 Ball Gift Box
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    3-Ball Sleeve
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    Gutta Percha Ball
  • The Park - 12-Ball Clamshell
    12-Ball Clamshell