Penfold Heart Golf Ball
Famed for the playing card suits stamped on the golf balls, a Penfold ball became the most famous golfing ball in cinematic history when used in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger. James Bond (Sean Connery) played a Penfold Heart golf ball when defeating Auric Goldfinger in a golf match against the Bond villain. Stoke Park Golf Club, Stoke Poges was the backdrop for one of cinema's most celebrated golf matches of all time.
If the 1960s Bond movies made the young Sean Connery a star, they also shot the Penfold Heart to fame. Never before was a golf ball in such demand. Orders for Penfold Hearts sky-rocketed as golfers competed to be seen with the uber-cool golf ball after James Bond's line: "Mine's the Penfold Heart!"
Penfold released a new version of their Heart Golf Ball. The original golf ball from the 60s used in the movie probably had the old Penfold logo on it, which is different from the current logo.
The original golf balls are sometimes available on Ebay, fetching high prices. The new version comes in different sets:
Collector's set of Penfold Heart Golf Balls made to celebrate the Ian Fleming Centenary 2008
A limited collector's set of one dozen Penfold Hearts has been specially produced to celebrate the anniversary of Ian Fleming's birth. Only 500 sets were produced. Each set of 12 balls comes with a card of authenticity and a commemorative slipcase. These collector's sets are only available via the Penfold Golf website (see link below). These sets will appreciate in value - we have already seen demand for the old Penfold golf balls, with single balls being snapped up at auction. Be the first to own the premier batch of relaunched Penfold Heart golf balls. Each limited edition set is being offered at £50 including VAT and postage within the UK. A collectable gift for Bond fans, golfers and investors.
A similar set is currently still available on Penfoldgolf.com, but without the Ian Fleming references.
Deluxe Golfer's Gift Set
A gift set with three Penfold Hearts golf balls, a selection of Red Logo Penfold Golf Tees, a Pitch Repairer and Ball Marker was available on Penfoldgolf.com for £20 but this seems to be sold out now.