I have a ball marker from the U.S. House of Representatives that was once owned by Tip O’Neill.
I like to use coins left over from trips to other countries (before the CoVID-19 pandemic!). Off the top of my head, I have ones from Cayman Islands, Jamaica, South Korea, Japan, Costa Rica, Canada and Mexico.
I try to buy a ball metal marker at every course I play. Friends that go on trips to "destination" courses often bring me home a marker from where they've been. I keep two display boxes, one for places I've been and one for places I've been gifted ball marks from. Last year I was able to move a Barton Creek marker from the "someday" case to the "been there" case.
Enjoyed your article and agree that ball markers give a golfer the chance to show a little style while not overdoing it. I usually use a magnetic Clemson University ball marker accessible from a hat clip. Clemson is my alma mater. As a retired Air Force officer, I occasionally use one of my military coins or a patriotic-themed marker. I have a small collection of markers from courses I’ve played — mostly in the Spokane area.
I use a 5 pence silver coin that I picked up in Scotland in 1990s - it is the size of a US or Canadian dime, and although British coins are for the entire UK, it has a thistle on it, which, of course, is a symbol of Scotland.
It is low profile, but it means something to me.
I have several favorites:A “B/U“ in green and gold for my Alma Mater Baylor ;A two-toned Euro coin;A golf ball looking marker with my name on it;and a very flat plastic one for use when the possibility exists of my marker being hit by a playing partner’s shot
My favorite marker is an outsized double-sided one with a smaller marker inside the magnetized side from Merion Golf Club.It was given to me by my friend who was a long time member at this venerable club.
I use a poker chip style ball marker that is essentially also a business card for my travel agency. I give them away to new playing partners, and at charity tournaments that I sponsor. I'd be happy to send you one if you send me an address.
I’ve taken to try and finish the golf digest top 100 and collect a ball marker from each course plus those courses i just like. Have them in a picture frame with a magnetic back.
Looking at each one I can recall different highlights from the round.
This is a really cool idea, John. Send a picture! Love to see it.