Offered here is an original Park Royal gutta percha golf ball. The Park Royal is, without question, a Holy Grail piece for golf ball collectors. We at Green Jacket Auctions have sold nearly every significant golf ball in our 12+ year history, either publicly or privately, but an original Park Royal ball has always eluded us until now.
According to The Story of the Golf Ball by Kevin McGimpsey, Willie Park was a great golf ball innovator and he designed two extremely pretty golf balls [the diamond mesh and the Park Royal). The Park Royal golf ball was registered on May 30, 1896. The unusual hexagon pattern meant that the ball was not perfectly round. This was intentional by Park, as it was "supposed to prevent the ball from 'running too easily' on very keen greens or downhill."
A scant few original Park Royal golf balls are known to exist. The most recent auction record for a Park Royal that we could find was a sale for $35,650 at Phillips Auction House, New York, November 2, 1996.
The ball is in good overall condition with much of its original paint. You can still read the "Royal" mark at the pole.
This piece is being offered today from the famed Ronnie Watts Collection