This Pinehurst Country Club bronze "Putter Boy" statue measures approximately 9 1/2" tall with the base measuring 9" x 9". This sculpture, made to function as a sun dial, is modeled after the much larger bronze created for Pinehurst that sits near Pinehurst's putting green. The smaller solid bronze Putter Boys were made by Balfour, a Jewelry company whose sticker is still on the underside of this base.
A 2014 article by Lee Pace tells the story of Pinehurst famous bronze golf boy. I quote in part:
"In 1912, sculptress Lucy Richards
used the lad as the model for her bronze statuette in sundial form.
Since Richards wasn’t a golfer, [Donald] Ross demonstrated the proper grip and
stance for her—but the image is not of Ross, who was a grown man at the
"The shaft of the club created the
shadow that would be used on the sundial to tell time, and in order to
get the proper angle, the length of the club had to be inordinately
"The statue was known as “The Sundial Boy” until the 1970s, when “The Putter Boy” name caught on."
More information about Richards, the sculptor who created the bronze Pinehurst putter boy, is found in a September 4, 2015 article by Paul Dunn:
"Pinehurst Resort owner Leonard Tufts
commissioned Richards, a distinguished Boston sculptor, to create an
iconic figure to represent the resort to guests and ultimately to
golfers throughout the world. She was a friend of Leonard’s wife,
Gertrude Ware Sise Tufts.
had studied at The Boston Museum School, and in Europe with Kops in
Dresden, Enstritz in Berlin, and at the Paris Académie Julian when
Thomas Hart Benton, Henri Matisse, Diego Rivera and Edward Steichen also
attended. Her bronzes were featured at the 1912 Chicago Art Institute
Exhibition and 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition.
inspiration was Pinehurst Resort’s “Golf Lad,” who appeared in early
advertising and on calendars sent each year to guests. Roman Bronze
Works’ archives show that Lucy Richards paid a fee of $50 for one bronze
casting of a “Golf Boy Sun Dial” on Aug. 5, 1910. That may have been
the one she presented to the Tufts."