10 of the Most Expensive Golf Balls Ever Sold

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Golf has roots in 15th century Scotland where players would attempt to hit a small rock over sand dunes using a stick. This early form of golf would eventually turn into the game we know today, but not without some twists and turns along the way. What twists and turns? Strangely, the first hurdle golf faced came along in 1457 when Scotland banned the sport after it became so popular that soldiers neglected their training to practice their swing.

However, golf would prove to be a resilient sport. Today, the game is widely popular across the globe — and that popularity has led to some very expensive golf balls. To get a peek into the world of expensive golf equipment, let’s look at the most expensive golf balls.

First up: the most expensive golf balls ever sold.

  1. Experimental WWII Wooden Core Golf Balls
  2. Sale Price: $90.48
    Time Period: 20th century
    Unique Feature: Wooden core
    Reported Condition: Split open
    Experimental WWII Wooden Core Golf Balls
    photo source: thegolfauction.com

    Golf balls require a rubber core, but rubber supplies became scarce during WWII — so golf ball makers had to get creative. This set of 65 golf balls was made by Dunlop, a European company that worked in a wide variety of industries, including the creation of golf gear. As rubber became hard to find, Dunlop experimented with wooden core golf balls.

    Unfortunately, golf balls with wooden cores probably didn’t work great, so the idea never caught on.

    Still, Dunlop’s experimental golf balls hold some value, especially among collectors. This set sold for over $90 — or about $1.30 per ball.

    Did you know?

    Dunlop didn’t start out as a golf ball manufacturer. The company’s founder, John Boyd Dunlop, actually kicked off his career after inventing inflated bike tires for his son’s tricycle. That spark of innovation would lead the Dunlop company to work in several fields, including golf.

  3. Worthington PGA 1923 Rubber Core Golf Ball
  4. Sale Price: $496.80
    Time Period: 20th century
    Unique Feature: Alternating square pattern
    Reported Condition: Lightly used
    Worthington PGA 1923 Rubber Core Golf Ball
    photo source: jeffellisgolfauctions.com

    This golf ball was made in 1923 by the Worthington Golf Ball Company. The unique design makes this ball stand out and helped it fetch an incredible $496.80.

    Beyond being so old, this golf ball is notable for its unique square dimples. The alternating pattern isn’t commonly seen today, adding to the collectible allure.

    Although Worthington didn’t maintain the production of these unique golf balls, the company did reproduce a similar design in the 1990s. However, as Jeff Ellis Golf Auctions puts it, “The reproductions…look nothing like this ball.”

    Did you know?

    Worthington Golf Ball Company was at the forefront of rubber core golf balls. In fact, the brand’s founder, George Cushing Worthington, was friends with a man named Dr. Haskell — the inventor of the rubber core golf ball.

  5. Haskell Remade Rubber Core Golf Ball
  6. Sale Price: $816
    Time Period: 19th century
    Unique Feature: Stamped with Remade Patent April 1899
    Reported Condition: Poor condition with cracks
    Haskell Remade Rubber Core Golf Ball
    photo source: bonhams.com

    Since this golf ball was made by Dr. Haskell — the inventor of the rubber core golf ball — it’s not surprising that it sold for over $800.

    Haskell made several golf ball prototypes and versions, but this version features a pattern of small squares and a stamp that reads “Remade Patent April 1899.” That age contributed to part of the ball’s massive price tag, but the fact that the ball is so rare probably influenced the price as well.

    Interestingly, the condition of this golf ball was described by the seller as “poor” and “distressed,” but it still sold for $816.

    Did you know?

    Dr. Haskell used the help of Bertman G. Work to bring his rubber core golf ball idea to life. Later, Bertman would become president of B.F. Goodrich Tire and Rubber Company.

  7. 19th Century J. Gourlay Feather Golf Ball
  8. Sale Price: $6,791
    Time Period: 19th century
    Unique Feature: Includes a maker’s mark
    Reported Condition: Fine condition
    19th Century J. Gourlay Feather Golf Ball
    photo source: scottishgolfhistory.org

    John Gourlay was a golf ball maker in the 18th century. Living in the U.K., Gourlay produced feathery golf balls. This early type of golf ball was stuffed with feathers, hence the name.

    As an iconic part of golf history, this golf ball sold at auction for $6,791. The ball was stamped with Gourlay’s name and featured “a neat final stitch.” The auction house which sold this rare golf ball also noted that the ball was in fine condition, adding to the steep price.

    Did you know?

    At the height of their popularity in the 19th century, featheries sold for about 5 shillings. Today, that equals about 25 U.S. dollars.

  9. Allan Robertson’s Feather Golf Ball
  10. Sale Price: $10,611
    Time Period: 19th century
    Unique Feature: Stamped with the original owner’s name
    Reported Condition: Unplayed condition
    Allan Robertson’s Feather Golf Ball
    photo source: bonhams.com

    Allan Robertson’s Feather Golf Ball is the most expensive golf ball ever sold.

    At over $10,000 for just one ball, this is easily the most expensive golf ball ever sold. Interestingly, like other collectible golf balls, this ball is also a feathery. The rare golf ball is from 1842 and was owned by Allan Robertson. Allan was a famous golfer in the 19th century, with some calling him “the best golfer of his time.”

    Incredibly, despite being well over 150 years old, this golf ball is reportedly in unplayed condition.

    Did you know?

    As such an iconic golfer, it’s said that Allan Robertson allowed his opponents to get an early lead before easily taking over late in the game.

The Most Expensive Golf Balls You Can Buy

So those are the most expensive golf balls ever sold, what about the most expensive ones you could actually buy?

  1. Titleist Velocity
  2. Sale Price: $28
    Time Period: Titleist
    Unique Feature: More colors available than other golf balls
    Reported Condition: White, matte pink, orange, and green
    Titleist Velocity
    photo source: titleist.com

    Kicking off the most expensive golf balls you could actually buy is the Titleist Velocity. This ball is said to promote low-spinning drives and softer landings on the green. Interestingly, this ball features a larger-than-normal core, which might help users experience a better launch than with other balls.

    As a high-end golf ball, the Titleist Velocity goes for about $28 per dozen. Part of that price comes from the iconic Titleist brand, which has been in the golf industry since the 1930s.

    Did you know?

    The founder of Titleist, a man named Phil Young, started designing his first golf ball with the help of MIT graduate Fred Bommer. After spending three years on the project, their first ball was ready in 1935.

  3. Titleist AVX (2020)
  4. Sale Price: $47.99
    Time Period: Titleist
    Unique Feature: Softer feel
    Reported Condition: White and Optic Yellow
    Titleist AVX (2020)
    photo source: mygolfspy.com

    Prices jump with another Titleist ball: the Titleist AVX. This expensive golf ball goes for over $47 per dozen.

    The Titleist AVX is known for its softness and low-spinning design. As another premium ball in the company’s catalog, the 2020 version of the Titleist AVX was made to fly a little faster and featured a larger core.

    With these changes and updates, the Titleist AVX 2020 was called “high-performing” and “ideal.”

    Did you know?

    The Titleist AVX is a “soft” golf ball, but what does that mean? And why does it matter? Basically, soft golf balls aren’t compressed as much, leading to a ball that can fly higher.

  5. XXIO Golf Balls
  6. Sale Price: $49.99
    Time Period: XXIO
    Unique Feature: Made for moderate swing players
    Reported Condition: White and Ruby Red
    XXIO Golf Balls
    photo source: untilthenexttee.blog

    XXIO’s golf balls are another example of soft golf balls. According to reports, these were made for moderate swing players and feature design details to promote a low spin while maximizing distance off the tee.

    These golf balls are very expensive — selling for nearly $50 for a set of just 12 balls.

    Since these golf balls feature softer cores, they’re said to reduce the shock of a moderate swing without compromising travel.

    Did you know?

    Interestingly, XXIO golf balls are very popular in Japan. Since the company was founded in the year 2000, the brand has steadily gained popularity among Japanese golfers and is reportedly the number one selling golf brand in the country.

  7. Titleist Pro V1 Custom Golf Balls
  8. Sale Price: $52.99
    Time Period: Titleist
    Unique Feature: Personalizable
    Reported Condition: White
    Titleist Pro V1 Custom Golf Balls
    photo source: tgw.com

    Yet another entry by Titleist, these expensive golf balls go for a solid $52.99 — that’s over $4 a piece.

    Buyers aren’t just paying for premium golf balls, though. With a box of Pro V1s, users can customize their golf balls with a specific number and even a short message.

    Interestingly, Pro V1s also feature a softer-than-normal feel, giving a lower spin while the ball’s core promotes longer travel.

    Did you know?

    The iconic Titleist logo was designed to mimic the handwriting of a woman named Helen Robinson. Helen was a secretary for the Titleist company in the 1930s and apparently had “beautiful penmanship.”

  9. The Dixon Fire
  10. Sale Price: $74.95
    Time Period: Dixon Golf
    Unique Feature: 100% recyclable core
    Reported Condition: White
    The Dixon Fire
    photo source: hauteliving.com

    The Dixon Fire is the most expensive golf ball on the market.

    In July 2010, a company called Dixon Golf debuted an “eco-friendly” golf ball. A 12 pack of the new design retailed for an incredible $74.95. And what did buyers get for that price? Well, it’s hard to say exactly what’s so special about the ball beyond its high-performance dimple pattern, but the company’s CEO said the recyclable ball was designed for “the golfer that demands the absolute best in performance.” So that’s gotta count for something.

    Interestingly, the Dixon Fire isn’t the Dixon Golf company’s first “green” golf ball. In 2009, the brand unveiled its first environmentally conscious golf ball: the Dixon Earth.

    Did you know?

    Despite their big price tags, these golf balls seem to be selling just fine. A report from 2010 said that the new golf ball was available in PGA Superstores nationwide and a variety of other retailers.


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