Talk about Mint! This set of MacGregor Tourney Custom persimmon 1-3-4-5 woods is exactly that. And they come with a story. 1967 was the last year that MacGregor produced clubs marked with Tommy Armour's name. When Tommy Armour left MacGregor to endorse PGA clubs, this proved to be a big change for MacGregor. Their Armour persimmon woods had helped propel the company into its position as a giant in the world of clubmakers.
To try and preserve the look of their Tommy Armour model woods, MacGregor's custom club shop began to produce special order persimmon woods marked on the crown "Tourney Custom" in such a way that it resembled the "Tommy Armour" signature. It wasn't until 1974, however, before Tourney Custom clubs were produced as a retail line according to the Golfworks Golf Club Identification and Guide Book.
The rubber grips on the Tourney Custom woods in this lot match those shown in MacGregor's 1967 through 1971 catalogs with one exception. These are marked "Custom" where the grips in the catalog are marked "Tourney." in the 1972 catalog, the design of MacGregor's rubber grips has changed. This is a clear indicator that the Tourney Custom clubs offered here were made sometime between 1968 and 1971.
This set is marked "OS73659" on the back of each neck. The "OS" portion indicates that the set was a custom order—"ordered special" for somebody. The 1 3/4" deep face of this driver would, no doubt, be one of its special features.
Overall, this is an great set in flat-out mint—could be set in a pro shop and sold as new today—condition The clubs even have their original plastic bags that cover the grips and heads. Truth be told, the auctioneer can't stop looking at these clubs! It's like turning back the clock, the condition is so unbelievable, and the driver is such a killer club with a hulk of a face. By far this is the best set of these the auctioneer has ever seen, or ever will see.
The consignor, who is not a golfer,
inherited these clubs from his father who worked at MacGregor during the
1950s and 60s.