Welcome to The Golf Artist site!
Quality Golf Art, Unique Golf Gifts, Golf Decor made by a golfer, for golfers, for the love of the game.
Answering the question, “What to get for the golfer who has everything?” since 2013.
Small Batch, Hand Made with Vintage & Salvaged Materials in Efland, NC, USA.
The Golf Artist is me, Mark Cool, an artist working with reclaimed wood and found objects. I’m also a golf lover and I play regularly.
I love woodcraft, creative re-use and historic preservation. I have a passion for words and stories, and for lettering and design. All of these loves came together when I stumbled upon the idea of making reclaimed wood golf plaques* with a vintage golf club attached and a classic golf quote written onto the wood.
In 2013 I made the first few of these, just for fun and because I had old golf clubs lying around. I took them to the Durham (NC) Craft Market where I used to set up and sell my creations on Saturday mornings and they sold right away and continued selling about as fast as I could make them.
Since selling those first few pieces at the craft market, I’ve shipped thousands of reclaimed wood golf plaques to people in every state in the US and some to Europe and Asia too. I’ve sold them online and at craft markets as well as in some upscale gift shops in the Southeast.
I have developed a habit of scouring thrift stores and metal yards within a 50 mile radius of my shop for vintage golf clubs to use in art. I’ve been fortunate enough to have purchased batches from private golf club collections too.
My work is available here in The Golf Artist Shop: (Shop link) I make the reclaimed wood golf plaques in small batches and make them available in the shop about every other month. The number of pieces in the batch is based on how much wood and how many vintage golf clubs I’ve salvaged recently.
I make the golf plaques in 16-20 quotes in two colors and two sizes. People buy them for golf birthday gifts, Fathers Day Golf Gifts, Golf Christmas Gifts, Graduation, Golf Themed Nursery, Golf Weddings and Groomsmen Gifts, Valentine’s, and lots of other occasions. A couple of creative women have gotten them for their husbands for their 6th, iron anniversary gift.
Other Golf Art that I make :
While my biggest golf art seller by far has been the reclaimed wood golf plaques, I also make whimsical golf folk art pieces like “birdies” made from golf club grips, golf tees, and leather from vintage golf bags and head covers. Golf tee mandalas too, the first one I made in 2013 was purchased by the hit TV show, Hawaii 5-0 as a set piece for a scene. I also make large wall art pieces using golf clubs, as well as coat & hat hooks and racks from antique wooden clubs.
The golf folk art and decor pieces are one of a kind and made in small batches in my Efland, NC shop and posted on the site as they are available.
Custom work is available too.
More about Mark Cool/ The Golf Artist
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*I call “em golf plaques because that’s what I named them when I started making them in 2013, before every other person in america had a Cricut or a Silhouette machine and started making stenciled “signs”. Most people call them signs, and that’s ok with me. Mine are different than any others though, nobody else that I have seen is using repurposed golf clubs or hand lettering their text.