The United States Golf Association is founded as the Amateur Golf Association of the United States. Charter members are the Chicago Golf Club, The Country Club, Newport Golf Club, St. Andrews Golf Club, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Tacoma Golf Club is founded, the first golf club on the Pacific Coast.

1895
The United States Open is instituted. Willie Anderson is the first winner.

Willie Anderson
Willie Anderson

Chicago Golf Club opens the United States' first 18-hole golf course.

The pool cue is banned as a putter by the USGA.

The U.S. Women's Amateur is instituted. Mrs. Charles S. Brown is the first winner.



1896
Harry Vardon wins his first British Open.

Harry Vardon
Harry Vardon

1897
The first NCAA championship is held. Louis Bayard Jr. is the champion.

Golf, America's first golfing magazine, is published for the first time.

1898
Freddie Tait, betting he could reach the Royal Cinque Ports G.C. clubhouse from the clubhouse at Royal St. George's -- a three mile distance -- in forty shots or less, puts his 32nd stroke through a window at the Cinque Ports club.

The Haskell ball is designed and patented by Coburn Haskell. It is the first rubber-cored ball.

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