History of Golf at Exmoor

Famous players and famous tournaments. A long, proud history of championship play and champion Members.

Exmoor Country Club was established in 1896 and was a founding member of the Western Golf Association in 1899. 

Golf Tournament Heritage

Exmoor hosted the first tournament ever organized by the Western Golf Association, the Exmoor Open held on June 17, 1899. Since then, Exmoor has been the site of 17 national championships organized by the United States Golf Association, the Western Golf Association and the Women’s Western Golf Association, including:

 


1904 Western Amateur Championship
1933 United States Women’s Amateur Championship
1952 Western Amateur Championship
1964 United States Women’s Senior Championship
1991 Women’s Western Junior Championship
1998 Men’s Western Junior Championship
2001 Women’s Western National Centennial Championship
2012 Western Amateur Championship
2018 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

Champion Golfers

From its first days in the 19th century, Exmoor has been a leader in promoting both Member and tournament golf.

H. Chandler Egan, who learned golf as a junior player at Exmoor, won the U.S. Amateur Championships of 1904 and 1905 and was the #1 ranked amateur in America. Egan was also captain of the team that won the gold medal in golf at the 1904 Olympic Summer Games in St. Louis. The ten-man team included five Exmoor Members.

Chick Evans, World Golf Hall of Fame member and winner of the U.S. Open and two U.S. Amateurs, was an Exmoor Member beginning in 1909.

Exmoor Member S. Davidson Herron defeated golf great Bobby Jones to win the 1919 U.S. Amateur Championship.



You will find additional information and stories about Exmoor history on the "Historic Exmoor" and "History of Curling at Exmoor" pages of this web site. Enjoy.

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