Programming and Content

Exhibitions and Artifacts

The USGA Museum showcases the nation’s largest and most significant collection of golf artifacts and documents. The interactive multimedia exhibits tell the story of the game’s development in the United States, highlighting the greatest moments in the game's history, with a particular focus on USGA champions and championships.

Some of the most special collections in the USGA Museum are showcased in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History, where more than 2,000 artifacts are displayed.

The Hall of Champions

The Hall of Champions, the signature architectural space in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History, celebrates every USGA champion and championship to date. The oval rotunda, illuminated by a clerestory, houses all 15 USGA national championship trophies, while the names of every USGA champion are inscribed on bronze panels that encircle the room.

The Permanent Galleries

The Permanent Galleries in the USGA Museum tell the story of golf in America, from the late 19th century to the present. Each gallery focuses on an iconic moment—champions and events in the game’s history that are pivotal for understanding the growth, evolution, and significance of the game in our nation’s history. These moments include:

  • Francis Ouimet’s historic victory in the 1913 U.S. Open
  • Bob Jones’ Grand Slam achievement in 1930
  • The Great Depression and its impact on democratizing the game
  • The heroic comebacks of Ben Hogan at the 1950 U.S. Open and Babe Didrikson Zaharias at the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open
  • The rivalry between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in the 1960 and 1962 U.S. Opens
  • Tiger Woods’s victory at the 2000 U.S. Open and the emergence of a global game


Also displayed throughout the galleries is the USGA Museum’s extensive collection of artifacts, like Bob Jones’ famous putter "Calamity Jane II," Ben Hogan's 1-iron from the 1950 U.S. Open and the "Moon Club," as well as items from Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and many other stars of today’s game.

The John Russell Pope House

The original John Russell Pope House, completed in 1919 and home to the USGA Museum since 1972, was most recently renovated in 2008. The Pope House is now home to rooms named for Arnold Palmer, Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Mickey Wright and, in May 2015, Jack Nicklaus. These special galleries document the remarkable accomplishments of these five legendary golfers, both on and off the course.

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