Jump to content

The First 100 Clubs in America


Recommended Posts

Click to see full list>>>Here

 

 

Actually, it's the first 126 clubs in America. In the true spirit of the game, we thought it was only fair to take the first 100 and ties. Simply because breaking the ties would have created the opportunity for vast argument.

 

The United States Golf Association, which compiled this list, has been receiving letters from clubs of all sizes from across the country, asking that their founding dates be recognized.

 

 

 

1786

South Carolina Golf Club

Charleston, South Carolina

(now the Country Club

of Charleston)

 

1794

Savannah Golf Club

Savannah, Georgia

 

1854

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

1856

Germania Town & Country Club

Saginaw, Michigan

 

1875

Vesper Country Club

Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

 

1878

Rockaway Hunting Club

Cedarhurst, New York

 

1879

Olympic Club

San Francisco, California

 

1880

Edgewood Club of Tivoli

Tivoli, New York

 

1881

Meadow Brook Club

Jericho, New York

 

1882

Pittsburgh Field Club

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

The Country Club

Brookline, Massachusetts

 

1885 Tuxedo Golf Club

Tuxedo Park, New York

 

1886 Dorset Field Club

Dorset, Vermont

 

1887

Dakota Dunes Country Club

Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

(originally located in Sioux City, Iowa)

 

Essex County Country Club

West Orange, New Jersey

 

Foxburg Country Club

Foxburg, Pennsylvania

 

Onteora Club

Tannersville, New York

 

Quogue Field Club

Quogue, New York

 

1888

Ausable Club

Saint Huberts, New York

 

Richmond County Country Club

Staten Island, New York

 

St. Andrew's Golf Club

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

(originally located in Yonkers, New York)

 

Town & Country Club

St. Paul Minnesota

 

1889

Binghamton Country Club

Binghamton, New York

 

Buffalo Country Club

Buffalo, New York

 

Exeter Country Club

Exeter, New Hampshire

 

Middlesboro Club

Middlesboro, Kentucky

 

The Country Club

Cleveland, Ohio

 

White Bear Lake Yacht Club

White Bear Lake, Minnesota

 

1890

Apawamis Club

Rye, New York

 

Albany Country Club

Albany, New York

 

Bluff Point Golf Club

Lake Champlain, New York

 

Philadelphia Country Club

Gladwyne, Pennsylvania

 

Plainfield Country Club

Plainfield, New Jersey

 

Ridgewood Country Club

Ridgewood, New Jersey

 

Westhampton Country Club

Westhampton, New York

 

1891

Grindstone Neck Golf Club

Winter Harbor, Maine

 

Maidstone Club

East Hampton, New York

 

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Southampton, New York

 

1892

Bedford Golf & Tennis Club

Bedford Village, New York

 

Chevy Chase Club

Chevy Chase, Maryland

 

Chicago Golf Club

Wheaton, Illinois

 

Country Club of Farmington

Farmington, Connecticut

 

Downers Grove Golf Course

Downers Grove, Illinois

 

Fairfield Golf & Country Club

Fairfield, Iowa

 

Gearhart Golf Links

Gearhart, Oregon

 

Glen Arven Country Club

Thomasville, Georgia

 

Greenwich Country Club

Greenwich, Connecticut

 

Highland Golf Course

Truro, Massachusetts

 

Litchfield Country Club

Litchfield, Connecticut

 

Merchantville Country Club

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

 

Milton-Hoosic Golf Club

Canton, Ohio

 

Moorestown Field Club

Moorestown, New Jersey

 

Palmetto Golf Club

Aiken, South Carolina

 

Passaic County Golf Course

Wayne, New Jersey

 

Powelton Club

Newburgh, New York

 

St. Louis Country Club

St. Louis, Missouri

 

1893

Burlingame Country Club

Hillsborough, California

 

Country Club of New Canaan

New Canaan, Connecticut

 

Eagle Springs Golf Resort

Eagle, Wisonsin

 

Essex Country Club

Manchester, Massachusetts

 

Hampton Roads Golf Club

Hampton Roads, Virginia

 

Harbor Point Golf Club

Harbor Point, Maine

 

Kahkwa Club

Erie, Pennsylvania

 

Montclair Golf Club

Montclair, New Jersey

 

Newport Golf Club

Newport, Rhode Island

 

Riverside Golf Club

Riverside, Illinois

 

Poland Spring Golf Club

Poland Spring, Maine

 

Segregansett Country Club

Taunton, Massachusetts

 

Stockbridge Golf Club

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

 

1894

Baltimore Golf Club

Baltimore, Maryland

 

Cohasset Golf Club

Quincy, Massachusetts

 

Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

 

Country Club of Bristol

Bristol, Tennessee

 

Glen Ridge Country Club

Glen Ridge, New Jersey

 

Janesville Country Club

Janesville, Wisconsin

 

Knollwood Country Club

Elmsford, New York

 

Milwaukee Country Club

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Morris Country Golf Club

Morristown, New Jersey

 

Myopia Hunt Club

Hamilton, Massachusetts

 

Otsego Golf Club

Otsego, New York

 

Point Judith Country Club

Narragansett, Rhode Island

 

Portage Club

Akron, Ohio

 

Powelton Club

Newburgh, New York

 

Siasconset Golf Course

Siasconset, Massachusetts

 

Storm King Golf Club

Cornwall, New York

 

Tacoma Golf Club

Tacoma, Washington

 

Washington Golf & CC

Arlington, Virginia

 

Waveland Golf Course

Des Moines, Iowa

 

Westchester Country Club

Rye, New York

 

Weston Golf Club

Weston, Massachusetts 1895

Allegheny Country Club

Sewickley, Pennsylvania

 

Ardsley Country Club

Ardley-on-Hudson, New York

 

Baltusrol Golf Club

Springfield, New Jersey

 

Brooklawn Country Club

Fairfield, Connecticut

 

Cincinnati Golf Club

Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Clinton Country Club

Clinton, Connecticut

 

Concord Country Club

Concord, Massachusetts

 

Country Club of Rochester

Rochester, New York

 

Cummaquid Golf Club

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

 

Duxbury Yacht Club

Duxbury, Massachusetts

 

Greenock Country Club

Lee, Massachusetts

 

Lake Zurich Golf Club

Lake Zurich, Illinois

 

Lexington Golf Club

Lexington, Massachusetts

 

Loon Lake Golf Club

Loon Lake, New York

 

Misquemicut Golf Club

Westerly, Rhode Island

 

Nittany Country Club

Wayne, New Jersey

 

Onwentsia Club

Lake Forest, Illinois

 

Pinehurst Country Club

Pinehurst, North Carolina

 

Portland Country Club

Falmouth, Maine

 

Reservation Golf Club

Mattapoisett, Massachusetts

 

Sadaquada Golf Club

Whitesboro, New York

 

Salem Golf Club

Peabody, Massachusetts

 

San Francisco Golf Club

San Francisco, California

 

Sharon Country Club

Sharon, Connecticut

 

Soangetaha Country Club

Galesburg, Illinois

 

Springdale Golf Club

Princeton, New Jersey

 

Stockbridge Country Club

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

 

Tatnuck Country Club

Worchester, Massachusetts

 

Twin Lake Village Golf Club

New London, New Hampshire

 

Van Cortlandt Park Golf Club

Bronx, New York

 

Waterbury Country Club

Waterbury, Connecticut

 

Wentworth-by-the-Sea Golf Club

New Castle, New Hampshire

 

Waumbek County Club

Jefferson, New Hampshire

 

Wollaston Golf Club

Milton, Massachusetts

Before sending me a message for help, please look at the website support section:
Have a Ad/BST question, first look and post here:
BST AD Help
If you have a general help question, post here:
GolfWRX Website Help Desk

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 9 years later...
  • Replies 16
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

This list is 1) misleading and 2) incorrect in at least one case.

The list is misleading from the standpoint of determining the oldest U.S. golf clubs because it is based on a club's founding date versus the date when golf started at the club. Many of the clubs did not have golf until several years after their founding.

One case of incorrect information is that The Edgewood Club of Tivoli was founded in 1884, not 1880. This club had golf in its founding year and has had golf continuously since then. Therefore, The Edgewood Club of Tivoli is the oldest U.S. club with continuous golf at the same location.

The following is a list of early U.S. clubs that I've prepared from research. It includes both the club founding date and the date when golf started at the club.

[center][b]EARLY [/b][b]U.S.[/b] [b]GOLF[/b][b] CLUBS[/b][/center]

The following list of golf clubs is derived from several sources, including the GolfWRX and Golf Club Atlas websites, and individual club websites. Any such list, including this one, is subject to debate. Questions exist about actual founding dates and whether or not golf play was in existence at the founding. Some clubs also moved to new locations, which raises the question of continuous golf at the same location as a factor.

[b]Date Club Location Comments[/b]

1786 South Carolina Golf Club Charleston SC Now CC of Charleston
New Location in 1901

1794 Savannah Golf Club Savannah GA New location in 1898

1854 Philadelphia Cricket Club Philadelphia PA Golf in 1895

1856 Germania Town & CC Saginaw MI Golf in 1930. No longer exists.

1875 Vesper Country Club Tyngsboro MA Golf in 1895

1878 Rockaway Hunting Club Cedarhurst NY Golf in 1895

1879 Olympic Club San Francisco CA Golf in 1918

1882 Pittsburgh Field Club Pittsburgh PA Golf in 1895

The Country Club Brookline MA Golf in 1893

[b]1884 [/b][b]Edgewood[/b][b] Club of [/b][b]Tivoli[/b] [b]Tivoli[/b] [b]NY[/b] [b]Golf in 1884[/b]

Oakhurst Links White Sulphur Golf in 1884. Discontinued
Springs WV in 1910. Restored in 1994.

1885 Tuxedo Golf Club Tuxedo Park NY Golf in 1889

1886 Dorset Field Club Dorset VT Golf in 1886.

1887 Dakota Dunes Country Club Dakota Dunes SD Originally in Sioux City IA

Essex County Country Club West Orange NJ Golf in 1898

Foxburg Country Club Foxburg PA Golf in 1887
Club formed in 1888

Onteora Club Tannersville NY Golf in 1890’s

1887 Quoque Field Club Quoque NY Golf in 1887
1888 Ausable Club Saint Huberts NY Golf in 1920

Richmond County CC Staten Island NY Golf in 1916

St. Andrew’s Golf Club Hastings-on-Hudson NY Golf in 1888

Town & Country Club St. Paul MN Golf in 1893

1889 Binghamton Country Club Binghamton NY Golf in 1918

Buffalo Country Club Buffalo NY Golf in 1902

Exeter Country Club Exeter NH Golf in 1889

Middlesboro Country Club Middlesboro KY Golf in 1889

The Country Club Cleveland OH Golf in 1895

White Bear Lake Yacht Club White Bear Lake MN Golf in 1912

1890 Apawamis Club Rye NY Golf in early 1900’s

Albany Country Club Albany NY Golf in 1897

Bluff Point Golf Club Lake Champlain NY Golf in 1890

Philadelphia Country Club Gladwyne PA Golf in 1892

Plainfield Country Club Plainfield NJ Golf in 1916

Ridgewood Country Club Ridgewood NJ Golf in 1929

Westhampton Country Club Westhampton NY Golf in 1914

1891 Grindstone Neck Club Winter Harbor ME Golf in 1891

Maidstone Club East Hampton NY Golf in 1891

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton NY Golf in 1891


Number of following clubs by year:

1892: 18, 1893: 13, 1894: 55

124 clubs through 1894

Link to post
Share on other sites

[quote name='golfcarte' timestamp='1418079213' post='10564233']
looking at the list quickly, seems a bit ironic that many of these clubs are not in warm-weather climates year-round.
[/quote]

Not really, have you been to Scotland in February ;)

[color=#A4A4A4][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=2]Srixon z565 Speeder 569 Evo IV SR[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#A4A4A4][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=2]TaylorMade RBZ 3 wood, [/size][/font][/color][color=#A4A4A4][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=2]Matrix Ozik R[/size][/font][/color]
[font="helvetica, arial, sans-serif"][color="#a4a4a4"][size=2]Srixon U65 2 iron, Miyazaki S[/size][/color][/font]
[color=#A4A4A4][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=2]Cobra F6 Hybrid 22 degrees RedTie S[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#A4A4A4][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=2]Srixon z945 5-pw w/ DG s200[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#A4A4A4][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=2]Miura Y 51 and K 56 DG Spinner, Yururi Raw 61 KBS [/size][/font][/color][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][color=#a4a4a4][size=2]HiRev[/size][/color][/font]
[font="helvetica, arial, sans-serif"][color="#a4a4a4"][size=2]Odyssey O-Works Black 34"[/size][/color][/font]

Link to post
Share on other sites

[quote name='golfcarte' timestamp='1418079213' post='10564233']
looking at the list quickly, seems a bit ironic that many of these clubs are not in warm-weather climates year-round.
[/quote]

Follow the money, and the big money tended to be in cold places. Golf was mostly for the very rich back then.

Link to post
Share on other sites

[quote name='TomB' timestamp='1418078994' post='10564199']
This list is 1) misleading and 2) incorrect in at least one case.

The list is misleading from the standpoint of determining the oldest U.S. golf clubs because it is based on a club's founding date versus the date when golf started at the club. Many of the clubs did not have golf until several years after their founding.

One case of incorrect information is that The Edgewood Club of Tivoli was founded in 1884, not 1880. This club had golf in its founding year and has had golf continuously since then. Therefore, The Edgewood Club of Tivoli is the oldest U.S. club with continuous golf at the same location.

The following is a list of early U.S. clubs that I've prepared from research. It includes both the club founding date and the date when golf started at the club.


[center][b]EARLY [/b][b]U.S.[/b] [b]GOLF[/b][b] CLUBS[/b][/center]

The following list of golf clubs is derived from several sources, including the GolfWRX and Golf Club Atlas websites, and individual club websites. Any such list, including this one, is subject to debate. Questions exist about actual founding dates and whether or not golf play was in existence at the founding. Some clubs also moved to new locations, which raises the question of continuous golf at the same location as a factor.

[b]Date Club Location Comments[/b]

1786 South Carolina Golf Club Charleston SC Now CC of Charleston
New Location in 1901

1794 Savannah Golf Club Savannah GA New location in 1898

1854 Philadelphia Cricket Club Philadelphia PA Golf in 1895

1856 Germania Town & CC Saginaw MI Golf in 1930. No longer exists.

1875 Vesper Country Club Tyngsboro MA Golf in 1895

1878 Rockaway Hunting Club Cedarhurst NY Golf in 1895

1879 Olympic Club San Francisco CA Golf in 1918

1882 Pittsburgh Field Club Pittsburgh PA Golf in 1895

The Country Club Brookline MA Golf in 1893

[b]1884 [/b][b]Edgewood[/b][b] Club of [/b][b]Tivoli[/b] [b]Tivoli[/b] [b]NY[/b] [b]Golf in 1884[/b]

Oakhurst Links White Sulphur Golf in 1884. Discontinued
Springs WV in 1910. Restored in 1994.

1885 Tuxedo Golf Club Tuxedo Park NY Golf in 1889

1886 Dorset Field Club Dorset VT Golf in 1886.

1887 Dakota Dunes Country Club Dakota Dunes SD Originally in Sioux City IA

Essex County Country Club West Orange NJ Golf in 1898

Foxburg Country Club Foxburg PA Golf in 1887
Club formed in 1888

Onteora Club Tannersville NY Golf in 1890’s

1887 Quoque Field Club Quoque NY Golf in 1887
1888 Ausable Club Saint Huberts NY Golf in 1920

Richmond County CC Staten Island NY Golf in 1916

St. Andrew’s Golf Club Hastings-on-Hudson NY Golf in 1888

Town & Country Club St. Paul MN Golf in 1893

1889 Binghamton Country Club Binghamton NY Golf in 1918

Buffalo Country Club Buffalo NY Golf in 1902

Exeter Country Club Exeter NH Golf in 1889

Middlesboro Country Club Middlesboro KY Golf in 1889

The Country Club Cleveland OH Golf in 1895

White Bear Lake Yacht Club White Bear Lake MN Golf in 1912

1890 Apawamis Club Rye NY Golf in early 1900’s

Albany Country Club Albany NY Golf in 1897

Bluff Point Golf Club Lake Champlain NY Golf in 1890

Philadelphia Country Club Gladwyne PA Golf in 1892

Plainfield Country Club Plainfield NJ Golf in 1916

Ridgewood Country Club Ridgewood NJ Golf in 1929

Westhampton Country Club Westhampton NY Golf in 1914

1891 Grindstone Neck Club Winter Harbor ME Golf in 1891

Maidstone Club East Hampton NY Golf in 1891

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton NY Golf in 1891


Number of following clubs by year:

1892: 18, 1893: 13, 1894: 55

124 clubs through 1894
[/quote]





you sir get the prize for largest stones in the room......called out the site co-owner on post 3.....good times!

Cobra King SZ 10.8* Fuji Atmos Black 6x

TM RBZ tour 14* ADDI 8x 

TM gapr tour 3 iron 21*Evenflow blue 6.5 

Mizuno MP20 4hmb 5-6mmc 7-PW MB Fuji pro tour spec 115x 

Ping Glide 3.0 50 54 60 Fuji pro 115S 

cameron GSS 009 1.5 - sound slot - tungesten sole weights 


 

Link to post
Share on other sites

[quote name='Prut' timestamp='1418219722' post='10571699']
My native state of West Virginia has always laid claim to the first golf course in the US, Oakhurst Links, near the Greenbrier, in 1884.
[/quote]



a good bit later than the one mentioned in Charleston no? I think it certainly makes sense that it would be near a major shipping port..i.e Charleston,, new York, boston etc.... go where the money was/is

Cobra King SZ 10.8* Fuji Atmos Black 6x

TM RBZ tour 14* ADDI 8x 

TM gapr tour 3 iron 21*Evenflow blue 6.5 

Mizuno MP20 4hmb 5-6mmc 7-PW MB Fuji pro tour spec 115x 

Ping Glide 3.0 50 54 60 Fuji pro 115S 

cameron GSS 009 1.5 - sound slot - tungesten sole weights 


 

Link to post
Share on other sites

The criteria for determining "oldest" are varied and debatable. If the criteria include "continuous golf," Oakhurst does not qualify -- golf was discontinued there in 1910 and restored in 1994. If the criteria include "same location," The two South Carolina clubs do not qualify -- both moved to new locations (1898 and 1901) and one of them has a new name (South Carolina Golf Club now the Country Club of Charleston).

Link to post
Share on other sites

[quote name='TomB' timestamp='1418229455' post='10572487']
The criteria for determining "oldest" are varied and debatable. If the criteria include "continuous golf," Oakhurst does not qualify -- golf was discontinued there in 1910 and restored in 1994. If the criteria include "same location," The two South Carolina clubs do not qualify -- both moved to new locations (1898 and 1901) and one of them has a new name (South Carolina Golf Club now the Country Club of Charleston).
[/quote]


but there is also the definition of "club" does it only include the property? Or is it more about the membership?

Cobra King SZ 10.8* Fuji Atmos Black 6x

TM RBZ tour 14* ADDI 8x 

TM gapr tour 3 iron 21*Evenflow blue 6.5 

Mizuno MP20 4hmb 5-6mmc 7-PW MB Fuji pro tour spec 115x 

Ping Glide 3.0 50 54 60 Fuji pro 115S 

cameron GSS 009 1.5 - sound slot - tungesten sole weights 


 

Link to post
Share on other sites

[quote name='Dr.Phil' timestamp='1418232978' post='10572839']
The title states oldest in America. Canada is in the Americas and has a few oldies as well. The Royal Montréal in 1883 for instance. Mileading, liste of oldest course in the USA it should have stated.
[/quote]

Good point. Although America is usually meant to mean USA, it's best to use U.S. or Canada (or North Amaerica if you wish to include both the U.S. and Canada). BTW, the Niagara Golf Club in Canada, founded with golf in 1875, claims to be the oldest golf club in North America.

Link to post
Share on other sites

[quote name='TomB' timestamp='1418148890' post='10567817']
[quote name='Hawkeye77' timestamp='1418100695' post='10565885']
Well, it did take 9 years to do the research.
[/quote]

Not quite -- the research started about a year ago.
[/quote]

Was just kidding, based on the original date of this resurrected thread.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...