The San Sebastian Hickory Golf Open, an ode to the most vintage sport

The San Sebastian Hickory Golf Open, an ode to the most vintage sport

One of the blows of the previous edition in the Mexican modality, which is contested by the teams. / GR

The tournament, which will take place on August 29 and 30 in Basozabal, is played with clothing and equipment from before 1935

The Basozabal Golf Course will host the fourth edition of the Hickory Golf Open San Sebastián on Monday August 29 and Tuesday August 30. This is a golf tournament reserved for the most nostalgic and vintage lovers of this sport. And it is that in this discipline you play and wear special clothes, in addition to respecting the rules of the oldest golf. All players will be required to play in period clothing and wooden sticks from before 1935, which projects a visually very powerful and striking image. The tournament is committed to sustainability over time and traditional values, while respecting the history and heritage of golf. It’s a sporting event that’s hard to find anywhere else.

The balls are made of Gutta-Percha -latex- and imitate those used almost a century ago in the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition, all will have the Basozabal CD shield printed on them, and each participant will be given one of them, regardless of their performance. Gloves are not allowed and players will not be able to place the ball, as before. It will also not be possible to use current technology, such as strollers, electric cars, lasers or personalized watches.

  • Speakers
    About sixty amateur and professional golfers will meet in Basozabal.

  • Terms. Players must dress according to the rules of the era
    baggy pants, long socks, bow ties, skirts and hats.

  • Solidarity
    The money raised will go to the NGO College of Engineers of Guipuzcoa.

Exponential growth

The tournament grows every year. During its first edition, just over a dozen players took part, whereas this time around sixty participants are expected. Registration will open a week before the tournament, open to anyone looking to have a good day of golf the old-fashioned way. Players from all walks of life are expected for this fourth edition. Madrilenians, Andalusians and French will meet the local golfers.

Within the tournament, there are two different competitions. One of them is played in scramble (Mexican) mode, in groups, which will be held on the 19th. The other event will be the individual, which will take place on the 20th. In addition, amateurs and professionals are differentiated. In the case of the expert competition, the winner will be awarded with an economic prize. In the past two years, a player of the stature of Txema Olazabal, champion of two Augusta Masters, has participated, among others. The championship has charitable objectives, so all the money raised will go to the NGO of the College of Engineers of Gipuzkoan.

The irruption of golf hickory

Hickory golf became popular in the United States and the United Kingdom, where the practice of golf began to grow. Until 2016 it did not reach Spanish lands, coinciding with the centenary of the Real Club de Golf de Zarautz. The starting point of this discipline was born from the debate on whether the players of today are better than those of yesterday, which is why since 2019, every summer, a tribute is paid to the most golf pure from Basozabal.

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