Here’s what you need to know about Scotty Cameron putters.
Year Established: 1991
Owned By: Acushnet (Footjoy, Pinnacle, Titleist, Vokey)
Most Popular for: Putters, headcovers
The Scotty Cameron name is synonymous with high quality putters. At the Tour level, local level, wherever—Cameron putters are recognized as the best of the best. They’re also expensive with retail models running $400+. Used models regularly fetch a few hundred dollars and certain refinished models go for more than double their original cost.
For as much as Scotty Cameron putters are golf clubs, their also collector’s items and a reseller’s dream. This goes for anything produced under their umbrella, like bags, headcovers, ball markers, and more.
Most common Scotty Cameron models
- Newport 2
- Del Mar
- Mallet Options
- There are plenty of Scotty Cameron mallets to choose from, with no individual model being overly dominant. However, you’re more likely to see a Phantom X 5, 8.5, or 12 than you are others.
Club Cameron is the entry fee to getting to the good stuff. It is a subscription that grants members access to releases of limited-edition items. Getting in on the fun is not so easy though. The membership itself sold out in less than a day in 2022. While the limited number of subscriptions always sells out, happening in such a short time was a record.
If you think that’s quick, consider that golf bags released go in just a couple minutes, headcovers an hour or so, and anything else not much longer. Item releases are not advertised beforehand, but usually happen on Tuesday mornings around 11:30am EST. (If you’re wondering if I have an alarm set for every Tuesday at 11:20, the answer is yes.)
Reselling Scotty Cameron Putters
Scotty Cameron putters maintain their value well compared to other brands of putters. This is because of two main things, initial quality and how much they resell for.
Scotty’s Custom Shop can restore and refinish their putters to nearly any color scheme you’d like. Even an old, beat down putter can be restored to its original quality through their services. This process increases the value of the club and lets you show off your personality.
Besides the official Scotty’s Custom Shop, there are countless companies and plenty of individuals who do this. Think flipping houses—but for putters ranging a few hundred to $1500.
You’ll notice Scotty Cameron headcovers at the course more than any other item they release. And no, we’re not talking about the ones that come with the club. Every Tuesday release comes with a headcover. More often than not, the headcover is for a blade putter. They are also related to something going on in the world, such as a Masters themed headcover before the Masters Tournament, or a Halloween cover the last week of October.
Scotty Cameron golf bags are among the most sought-after releases. This is because they release fewer of these compared to every other item, and can be flipped at the highest margin. Pivot tools (how to fix a ball mark guide here) and ball markers (how to mark a ball guide here) are also coveted, but since their price is lower, are less valuable.
If you want to buy hats, shirts, stickers, and other similar items, it’s not so hard. They release a larger quantity of these items, and while you will still pay more than retail, the markup is not as high.
Scotty Cameron History
Don “Scotty” Cameron started the Cameron like most other great American companies, in his garage. Well, that’s not entirely true, but Scotty Cameron’s roots as a putter-make did begin in his garage with his father.
By the early 90s, Cameron had worked with several major brands before giving it a shot on his own. To say his efforts went well would be an understatement. In 1993, Bernhard Langner used a Scotty Cameron prototype putter on the way to his second career win at Augusta.
Scotty Cameron today is pretty much what you just read. High quality putters that also serve as collector’s items. Some people buy Scotty’s to game with, others for collecting, and others for reselling. These groups are not exclusive of one another, and many golfers with a Scotty will end up with a second for that reason.