Women's Golf Month: History Timeline

Posted: June 15, 2022

Women’s Golf Month is celebrated in June and marks the start of an engaging month of fun, affordable events to encourage female participation and spread awareness about the benefits of playing golf. 

We have created a womens golf history timeline to illustrate the progress that has been made, and why events like this are so important.


Mary Queen of Scott’s, who reigned from 1542 to 1567 is considered to be the first woman to play golf. The infamous St Andrews was built during her tenure but it wasn’t until 300 years later in 1867 when the women’s course was built, later known as St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club. 


In 1811 the first female golf tournament was held in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland on January 9, for the wives of the local fishermen.


The handicapping system was invented by Isette Miller, a leading female golfer of her time. The system enabled less experienced players to compete against those with a higher ability, opening up the game to facilitate differing abilities. 


The U.S Women’s Open became the first ever women's sport event to be nationally televised in America.


2005 marked the start of Women’s Golf Month, an industry-led initiative to stimulate growth in the female golf sector. 15 years later, figures show a 16% rise in young female golfers taking up the sport compared to when the initiative began. Now 36% of all young golfers are female.


Lydia Ko became the youngest player to ever win any of the five LPGA majors, winning the 2015 Evian Championship at 18 years, 4 months and 20 days old.


The game is increasing its leveling-up initiative and encouraging players from all backgrounds to participate. Club rules are becoming looser, and driving ranges are ramping up their entertainment value to facilitate players of all abilities. It remains an integral goal to develop female participation and promote diversity and inclusion within the sport.

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