The History of Callaway Golf

By Brendan O'Brien

Callaway Golf is a international maker of golf clubs and equipment. The company, based in Carlsbad, California, was started in 1981 by entrepreneur Ely Callaway, who became enamored with hickory-shafted clubs in a local pro shop.

Hickory Stick USA

Ely Callaway sold his vineyard for $14 million before purchasing a piece of Hickory Stick USA for $400,000 in 1982. A year later, Callaway renamed the company Callaway Hickory Stick USA.

Name Change

In 1988, Callaway Hickory Stick USA became Callaway Golf Company as sales hit $4.8 million.

S2H2 Irons and Woods

In 1988 and 1989, the company introduced the S2H2 irons and woods. The clubs became popular among amateurs and professionals as they became the number one iron on the Senior PGA Tour.

The Big Bertha

Callaway Golf Company introduced the Big Bertha in 1991. The Big Bertha, the first wide-head steel wood, was a huge hit as the company sales reached $54.8 million that year.

Callaway Golf Balls

Callaway started its golf ball business in 1996. During the next 10 years, the company launched several golf ball lines including the HX series and the Red and Blue series.

About The Author

Brendan O'Brien is a professional journalist in Milwaukee, Wis. He has worked for several news organizations, newspapers such as the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" and trade magazines during his 15-year career. He is currently a freelance writer who works for several publications.


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