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Kebo Valley up in or near Bar Harbor, Maine. Beautiful 18 holes links course. Est. 1888

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Actually, the oldest golf course in America is nearly a full century older than the one in Chicago, the Country Club of Charleston, built in 1786 by Harleston Green

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Preakness Valley Golf Course Wayne ,NJ
How old by comparison to other US courses. I golf as a youth and played competition in High School at the old course. 1895?

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Hello Brandon
Back In 1995 I was Centenary Captain of Duddingston Golf Club in Edinburgh Scotland. When we had finished our Centenary celbrations I felt we should have something to remember this milestone of our club. I hit upon the idea of clubs formed in 1895 having reciprocal arrangents between themselves.
In March 1996 along with the captains of Craigmillar Park and Torphin Hill who were based in Edinburgh and also celebrating their Centenaries we convened a meeting at Handsworth Golf Club Near Birmingham England which 19 clubs attended. It was agreed to allow all our members access to free golf at each others courses subject to certain rules so as to make sure the system was not abused.
In the last 23 years the 1895 Club membership has increased to 50 clubs mostly in the U.K. but others based in France,Belguim, Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately no American clubs have joined us and it may be something you might want to make golfers in the United States aware of that when they are visiting Europe or Australasia.
Our Idea has been copied by other golf clubs celebrating their foundation and between them all there is now in the region of 300 clubs who now have mutual arrangements. To find out more go into the internet and search The 1895 Club (Not to confused with the USGA's Open dining facility.)
If you need any further information contact me on email or phone ++447872674988.

Regards
Bill Flockhart

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Pisstogne

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Golf Digest recognized The Dutcher Golf course in Pawling N.Y. as the oldest Municipal Golf Course in the United state, established in 1885 and public in 1890....

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Dutcher is the oldest public course in the U.S. It did not become municipal course until 1955. Van Cortlandt Park, which opened in 1895 and was/is owned and opered by New York City, is the oldest municipal course.

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Foxburg Country Club in Foxburg Pennsylvania, near Emlenton, claims to be the oldest, established in 1887. They have a historical society plaque along the road.

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Dutcher Golf Course in Pawling NY was established in 1885 as a private course and became a public course in 1890.

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Will check out, thanks!

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Brandon: Nice piece on vintage golf courses in America. I love playing "old" golf courses. I was surprised Otsego Golf Club in just outside Cooperstown NY was not mentioned. I have played the course several times and was told it was the oldest original layout of any course in the US. Not sure that can be proven or not, but the club dates back to 1894. www.otsegogolfclub.com It's a fun 9-hole layout, however, overshadowed by the Leatherstocking Golf Club resort course in the village of Cooperstown on the south end of the lake.

I would also like to mention Burnet Park Golf Course owned by the City of Syracuse originally built in 1901, renovated and reestablished in 1988. At $6 for golfers and $3 for seniors and $3 for juniors, I would bet it is the most affordable 9-hole golf course in America.

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Have played Leatherstocking but not familiar with that one. I'll keep it in mind. Thanks!

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Correction. The oldest continuously played golf course in North America is the 'CLUB DE GOLF ORLEANS" in Ste-Pétronille, Ile D'Orléans, Québec, just outside of Quebec city. It was founded in 1868 and is still played today on the same grounds (9 holes)

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That is correct

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Siasconset Golf Club on Nantucket is as old school as it gets. Opened in 1894 & recently had the quaint original clubhouse renovated. Don’t forget to put your ball in the rack, there are no tee times or golf carts.

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Cool-looking place!