U.S. Open History
The first U.S. Open was played on October 4, 1895, on a 9-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhone Island. At that time, the tournament was played in a single day as a 36-hole competition. Just ten professionals and one amateur entered the competition, with the winner being a 21 year old Englishman named Horace Rawlins. The prize was $150 cash and a $50 golf medal. At first, the tournament was dominated by experienced British players. Then, in 1911, John J. McDermott became the first native-born American winner. American golfers soon began to win regularly and the tournament evolved to become one of the four majors.
The U.S. Open comes to the Pacific Northwest for the very first time in its history. With massive, rolling fairways, towering dunes, undulating greens and unpredictable coastal winds, the traditional linksland course at Chambers Bay will provide the world's best golfers with a test unlike anything played at a U.S. Open.
If the U.S. Open is inspiring you to test out your golf skills, come try our Tom Weiskopf signature golf course at the Lake of the Ozarks! It will challenge the most serious golfer, yet plays on the friendly side. The course is renowned for its unsurpassed drama: valleys, waterfalls, hills, trees and water hazards, plus its beautiful lake setting. The elevation changes and breathtaking views will thrill you at every hole! Book your tee times today by calling the Old Kinderhook Golf Shop at 573-317-3573!