This Tom Dunn play club with its distinctly hooked face is in incredible condition, showing little to no use. The 43 1/2" gorgeous greenheart shaft is thin and slender near the head, which measures 5 1/2" in length, 1 3/16" in face depth, and 1 7/8 in width. The original finish on the head is still rich and strong. The sheepskin grip looks like it was installed yesterday (it wasn't). Overall, the condition on this club is about as perfect as can be hoped for. After all, long nose clubs 140 years old don't come any nicer.
The son of the famed Willie Dunn and brother of Willie Dunn Jr, Tom Dunn learned clubmaking from his father. He began working as his own as a clubmaker at North Berwick in 1870. He soon left North Berwick to work for the London Scottish Golf Club in Wimbledon. In 1881 he moved back to North Berwick and re-entered his duties as custodian of the links there.
In addition to being a fine clubmaker from one of the most famous nineteenth century golf families, Dunn was also a prolific golf course architect, laying out 137 courses—a number of them outside of Great Britain—during his lifetime.
Tom married Elizabeth Gourlay of the famous ballmaking family. Tom's two sons, John Duncan Dunn and Seymour Gourlay Dunn, moved to America where they became well known and respected in the golf world.
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