Activities Sports & Athletics When and Where Was the First US Open Golf Tournament? Share PINTEREST Email Print The Newport Country Club clubhouse. A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Golf Tournaments Basics History Gear Golf Courses Famous Golfers Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated November 04, 2019 The first U.S. Open was played at the 9-hole Newport Golf and Country Club in Newport, R.I., in 1895. The 1895 U.S. Open was the first one ever played. It took place at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, with four rounds of nine holes each, 36 holes total. All 36 holes were contested in one day, Oct. 4, 1895. And Horace Rawlins was the first U.S. Open champion. Fourteen players (including four amateurs) entered, and 10 of them completed the tournament. In addition to the 10 golfers listed below, there was also William Norton, who withdrew after 18 holes; plus Charles B. Macdonald, Winthrop Rutherford and Lawrence Stoddart, each of whom withdrew before play began. The U.S. Open was played one day after the completion of the very first U.S. Amateur (won by Macdonald), which was contested on the same course. (The Open and Amateur were played on the same course each of the first three years of their existences.) The Amateur is the tournament that actually got most of the fanfare; the first Open has been described as something of an "afterthought" by the USGA, which itself had only existed since December of 1894. Rawlins won by two strokes over Willie Dunn and by three over James Foulis and amateur Andrew Smith. For winning, Rawlins received a gold medal and $150; the total amount of money handed out in Year 1 was $335. Rawlins was runner-up the following year (to Foulis), and played in 15 U.S. Opens total, the last in 1912. Rawlins was an Englishman by birth, a golf professional by trade. In those days that meant working at a club - there was no pro golf tour to play, although pro golfers would often play challenge matches and exhibitions, as well as the occasional tournament. The 1895 U.S. Open was just the third tournament Rawlins had ever played in, but he had one big advantage over most of the others in the field: local knowledge. Rawlins was the assistant pro at the host course, Newport Country Club. (William Davis, who finished fifth, was the club's head pro and the designer of the original nine holes on which this tournament was played.) Fun historical note: The U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open tournaments at Newport were originally supposed to be played in September. But they were postponed a month while Newport hosted America's Cup yachting event during September. In 1995 - the 100th anniversary of the first Amateur and Open at Newport CC - the club again hosted the U.S. Amateur, with Tiger Woods the winner. Annika Sorenstam won a U.S. Women's Open there in 2006. 1895 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores Results from the 1895 U.S. Open golf tournament played at Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island (a-amateur): Horace Rawlins 45-46-41-41--173 $150 Willie Dunn 43-46-44-42--175 $100 James Foulis 46-43-44-43--176 $50 a-Andrew Smith 47-43-44-42--176 William Davis 45-49-42-42--178 $25 Willie Campbell 41-48-42-48--179 $10 John Harland 45-48-43-47--183 John Patrick 46-48-46-43--183 Samuel Tucker 49-48-45-43--185 John Reid 49-51-55-51--206 1995 U.S. Open: Pavin Comes Through in the Clutch 1913 US Open: Ouimet's Unlikely Victory Spurs Growth of US Golf US Senior Open Golf Tournament 1997 US Open Scores and Tournament Recap Who Was the First Native-Born American Winner of the US Open? 1973 US Open: 63 Reasons Johnny Miller Won 1920 US Open: A Year of Comings and Goings Famous Male Golfers U.S. Women's Open Golf Tournament Meet Shinnecock Hills, One of America's Historic Golf Clubs 1966 US Open: A Famous Charge, an Infamous Collapse US Open Aces: Every Hole-in-One in Tournament History The U.S. Open's Most Golfed Courses Oakmont Country Club: The Historic, Major Championship Golf Course Golf Majors: These Are the Biggest Tournaments In Golf 1974 U.S. Open: 'The Massacre at Winged Foot'