Golfers at the Fore!front with Embroidered patches


This embroidered patch image for the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most famous emblems in all of golf.

Whether you are a weekend duffer struggling to break 100 or a PGA touring professional sinking that long putt for an eagle to lead the tournament, odds are that some of your golfing equipment and attire features a colorful embroidered patch. 


Most golf and country clubs use an embroidered patch to identify members and their equipment.

Virtually every private golf club and many courses open to the general public offer a uniquely designed embroidered patch to create a distinctive look.  One of the most famous images, the flagstick in the hole positioned over the southeastern U.S., is on international display every April when the Masters tournament is played at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.  Other famous courses in the United States, especially ones that have hosted the major tournaments including the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, feature a distinctive image captured in colorful embroidery.

One of the other major uses of embroidered emblems is to promote the various companies that manufacture golf equipment, including clubs, balls, shoes, attire, and other products, part of the multimillion dollar golfing industry in the U.S.  Even just a few seconds of TV visibility for an embroidered patch on the tournament-winning player’s hat, bag, shirt or other accessory on Sunday (the final day of the tournament) can translate into a surge in product sales the following week.


This die-cut patch is representative of the many golf associations that provide embroidered patches as a member benefit.

Another major consumer of embroidered patches related to golfing are the sport’s governing bodies, with the United States Golf Association (USGA) being the largest and most dominant.  USGA, in addition to running qualifying for the annual U.S. Open Championship, offers a ranking system (handicap) so golfers of differing skill levels can compete on equal footing.  Patches signifying a golfer’s handicap are a common site on U.S. golf courses.

To learn more about creating a unique embroidered patch for your golf club, team or any organization, contact the Chicago Embroidery Company at or call 312/664-4232.


Embroidered Patches Are Out of This World

Almost since the beginning of manned space flight, which started with Soviet cosmonaut

This iconic embroidered image commemerates mans first walk on the moon.

This iconic embroidered image commemerates mans first walk on the moon.

Yuri Gagarian’s sub-orbital flight in 1961 to present day multi-national crews logging months of flight on the International Space Station, many missions to outer space have featured uniquely designed embroidered patches for the astronaut’s uniforms and apparel worn byBlog Space members of the support crews.
Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, flying the Vostok 6 mission, set a world record 50 years ago by becoming the first woman in space. But her gender wasn’t the only contribution that Tereshkova made to the cultural history of space exploration — she was also the first person to wear a mission emblem on her spacesuit, although it was hidden from view.


These are some of the earliest US space flight patches from Project Mercury.

In the early days of U.S. space missions, astronauts were allowed to name their spacecraft, i.e. John Glenn’s Freedom 7, and these names, used as radio call signs to avoid confusion, especially during the Gemini missions when multiple spacecraft were orbiting the earth, invariably found their way on to the mission’s commemorative embroidered patch.  Patches from these early missions, often limited in number, are highly prized by embroidered patch enthusiasts and collectors.

With the advent of the Space Shuttle and multiple missions to the International Space Station, often in the same calendar year, the reuse of the spacecraft led to a system of numbering missions.  These numeric designations also found their way on to embroidered patches.  Even with the larger crews used for the space shuttle, the last names of each crew member are featured on the patch.


Space shuttle mission patches feature the names of each of the crew members and some spectacular embroidered artwork.

At the new space shuttle museum/display at Cape Canveral, an entire wall is dedicated to embroidered patches, including the official mission emblems for all 135 shuttle flights. An 8-inch emblem, specially created for the exhibit by artist Tim Gagnon, honors all 33 of Atlantis’ missions.  Featuring the Space Shuttle Atlantis logo at its bottom, includes “iconic scenes and payloads” associated with the retired orbiter’s 26-year history, and includes 33 stars and 10 international flags representing each of Atlantis’ missions and the countries represented by its crew members.

But you don’t have to go to outer space to have custom embroidered emblems; learn more about creating a unique patch for your group or organization, visit the Chicago Embroidery Company at , email us at  , or call 312/664-4232.