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1888 St Andrews Golf Club in Yonkers, New York is officially founded, today the oldest surviving golf club in the United States. In February of that year Scotsman John Reid (pictured right, courtesy of USGA) and a small group of friends had knocked some gutta-percha balls around an improvised three-hole course in a cow pasture just 20 miles from New York City, where they quickly designated an apple tree as their clubhouse to hang their coats, earning themselves the nickname of "The Apple Tree Gang".

From those modest beginnings in 1888 (right), St Andrews became a founder member of the USGA, and continue the traditions of Reid and his friends to this day, with members wearing a red jacket in his honour, and continuing close relationships with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Saint Andrews, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Royal Burgess and Royal Dornoch.
The current par 71 course was redesigned by jack Nicklaus in 1983.

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