A rare putter created by U.S.-based KRONOS Golf Founder Phillip Lapuz is now on display at the British Golf Museum in St. Andrews, Scotland.
It took three months for Lapuz to design the "Hinotori Touch Putter" followed by months of polishing the rare flat-stick to perfection.
The design on the sole of the putter features the Japanese Hinotori which literally translates in English to "bird of fire," or "phoenix."
"The high relief engraving design on the Hinotori was inspired by years of traveling throughout Japan and experiencing its many wonders," Lapuz said. "In particular, the beautiful and intricate imagery that composes Byodoin Temple in Kyoto served as a memorable symbol of my time in Kyoto. The phoenix engraving is itself a representation of those emotions, crafted out of a desire to express my fond feelings of Kyoto to others in the form of art, as well as to serve as a shining example of what golf should aspire to become."
The "Hinotori" is amongst more than 16,000 golf-related items in the collection at the British Golf Museum, known as one of the most comprehensive golf collections worldwide.
"Golfing Links Organization and the British Golf Museum both recognize and respect true golf craftsmanship and knew there wasn’t a better place to showcase the 'Hinotori' to golf enthusiasts worldwide than the home of golf, St. Andrews," said Golfing Links Organization CEO Vincent Walker.
The "Hinotori" will be on display through October 2016.