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The Idea

The earliest golf flags in Scotland would have been made by local artisans and fashioned from canvas or burlap or even repurposed shipping sails. Some golf courses then marked hole locations using metal "flags," or even wicker baskets.

In 1912, David Foulis, of the famous St Andrews golf family that emigrated from Scotland around the turn of the century, was the first to receive a U.S. Patent on a golf flag mechanism to attach flags to flagsticks. Everything about the flag depicted in his patent application is what we're trying to honor with Artifact Golf - the twill tape, the metal grommets, and even the materials and methods that would have been used to produce a flag in the early 1900s.

This early sense of craftsmanship was lost in the mid-20th century when golf flags throughout the world started to be produced with synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester. Unfortunately, this trend continues to this day. 

With Artifact Golf, we aim to produce golf flags in a manner that we believe the early stewards of the game would be proud of. Our flags only use the finest materials, crafted the old fashioned way - by hand. 



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