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Golf’s American Anniversary

On November 14, 1888—125 years ago today—five golfers finished their round in Yonkers, New York, and repaired to the home of John Reid for a dinner of “particular significance.” That evening, the St. Andrew’s Golf Club was formed, its first slate of officers elected (Reid unanimously elected president), and its first members enlisted. And with that, golf formally began in America. Tonight, during a commemorative dinner at the current St. Andrew’s Golf Club (in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, about five miles from the “original” site), that history will be retold with this very entertaining video, created by current St. Andrew's member Paul Posnick. As for the rest of us, we should take a moment today and raise our glasses to the game’s American forefathers and give a toast of thanks.

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