Golf has been played competitively for centuries; according to The Guinness Book of Golf Facts and Feats the first international match was held in 1682 when the Duke of York and a shoemaker defeated two English noblemen at Leith. However, more than 170 years would pass before eight professional golfers assembled at Prestwick Golf Club in 1860 to determine who would become the Champion Golfer.

Prior to his death in 1859, Allan Robertson was the de facto champion golfer, but when Willie Park Senior beat Old Tom Morris by two shots to claim the Challenge Belt, little did those early golfers know how championship golf would change over the next hundred years.

The birth of The Open championship paved the way for the first club match between Oxford and Cambridge in 1875. Ten years later, the first Amateur championship was staged at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 1885. In 1892 the first Indian and South African Amateur championships were played, then in 1893 the Ladies' Championship (now the Womens Amateur) and the New Zealand Amateur were both inaugurated.

The Open - golf's oldest championship

The Open - golf's oldest championship

In 1895 the first U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur championships were played at Newport Country Club, Rhode Island. The same year the Canadian, Argentinean and U.S Women's Amateur championships started.

In 1902 the first amateur international match was staged between England and Scotland (now the Women’s Home Internationals). In 1903 the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society sailed to America to undertake the first overseas golf tour.

The Australian Open and Canadian Open started in 1904, as did the French Amateur championship, two years later the first French Open was staged.

Many dozens of championships – amateur and professional, male and female – are played each year in numerous countries. Our ultimate aim is to showcase as many championships as possible.

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Top 100 Golf Courses - Championships

Aberto do Brasil 11 Courses

The first Aberto do Brasil (Brazil Open) was played at Gávea G&CC in 1945, with Argentinian Martin Pose winning the championship. Pose had won both the Argentine Open and Argentine PGA twice in previous years...


Abierto de Argentina 17 Courses

The inaugural Abierto de Argentina (Argentine Open) took place on 7th September 1905 when it was called the Río de la Plata Open Championship, with 42 amateurs and only two professionals participating in the first 36-hole competition.


Abierto Mexicano de Golf 5 Courses

The Mexican Open, or Abierto Mexicano de Golf to give the tournament its proper name, was first played at Club de Golf Chapultepec in 1944 and it was at this Mexico City venue where fourteen of the first sixteen editions were held.


Arnold Palmer Cup 24 Courses

The Golf Coaches Association of America approached Arnold Palmer in 1997 with regard to him lending his name to an international collegiate competition between the US and GBI where the top academy players on either side of the Atlantic compete...


Australian Amateur 27 Courses

The Australian Amateur championship started out as the Victorian Golf Cup in 1894, with Melbourne Golf Club organizing a tournament which was open to all amateur players in the country.


Australian Open 18 Courses

The early winners of the Australian Open didn’t receive a trophy but that was remedied in 1930 when the Stonehaven Cup was presented to Frank Eyre from New South Wales when he won the event at Metropolitan in Melbourne by seven strokes.


Australian PGA 31 Courses

​During the first sixty years of the Australian PGA Championship, most of the editions were played as a match play contest, with qualification for the tournament dependent on scores posted in the Australian Open the week before.


Australian Women's Amateur 28 Courses

​The first Australian Women’s Amateur Championship was played in 1894. It was held at Geelong in Victoria as a 36-hole Bogey Competition and seventeen players took part with handicaps ranging from scratch to 24.


Austrian Open 7 Courses

Established in 1990, the Austrian Open is a men’s professional tournament on the European Tour. After seven editions, it dropped down to the Challenge Tour between 1997 and 2005 before returning to the main circuit.


Belgian Open 8 Courses

​The Belgian Open is a European Tour event that dates back to 1910 at Ravenstein, the home of the Royal Golf Club of Belgium, when Arnaud Massy won the 36-hole stroke play championship by five strokes from Sandy Herd and Harry Vardon.