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Updated: 9:52 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 | Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
By Jan Tuckwood
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The Gary Wiren Collection
What: North Palm Beach golf pro, teacher and collector Gary Wiren has assembled one of the greatest private collections of golf equipment and memorabilia — and the stories to go with them. Fine art from the Academy of Golf is also on exhibit.
Where: Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture, at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.
When: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4:30 p.m. through April 21 — except today, when the museum is closed for Garlic Fest.
Cost: $10 general admission, $6 for seniors and students with ID, $3 for children and free for 5 and under.
Wacky and wonderful world of golf:
Five don’t-miss items in the exhibit
Featherie golf ball: How many feathers did it take to stuff a golf ball in the 1800s? As many as fill this hat. Gary Wiren holds an original featherie.
Welcome to “The Haig”: This sign once graced the front yard of golf legend Walter Hagen’s home in Traverse City, Mich. It’s one of several pieces of Hagen memorabilia in Wiren’s collection.
How does your grip compare to Arnold Palmer’s? Put your hands over these casts of the grips of famous golfers. You can also try putters from 1890, 1925 and 2012 to compare the feel.
Custom-made for Bob Hope: The “celebrity” section of Wiren’s exhibit includes a whimsical club of Bob Hope’s profile, plus a video of Fred Astaire doing “The Golf Dance” and more.
Memorable golf art: Gary Wiren’s collection includes hundreds of posters and magazine covers.