1883
Bob Ferguson of Musselburgh, losing the British Open in extra holes, comes one victory shy of equalling Young Tom Morris' record of four consecutive titles. Ferguson ends up later in life penniless, working out of the Musselburgh caddy-shack.



1884
The Oakhurst Golf Club is founded at White Sulphur Springs. The first hole at The Homestead survives from this course and is the oldest surviving golf hole in America.

Oakhurst
Oakhurst

1885
The Royal Cape Golf Club is founded at Wynberg, South Africa, the first club in Africa.

1886
A.J. Balfour is appointed Chief Secretary (Cabinet Minister) for Ireland-his rise to political and social prominence has an incalculable effect on the popularity of golf, as he is an indefatigable player and catalyzes great interest in the game through his writing and public speaking.

1887
The Art of Golf by Sir Walter Simpson is published.

The Art of Golf

1888
The St. Andrews Golf Club is founded in Yonkers, N.Y., the oldest surviving golf club in America.

1890
John Ball, an English amateur, becomes the first non-Scotsman and first amateur to win the British Open.

John Ball
John Ball

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