The earliest painting I can find of a woman actually playing golf, or attempting to learn is from the 1600s.
1600s "Madam, please keep your eye on the ball!" The 1st kolf lesson. Flemish painting by unknown artist.
Accurate records of women playing golf in America only begin to appear in the 19C.
1891 -The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island opens its doors to women. Golf proved so popular that the club opened a 9-hole course for women 2 years later.
1894 - The 1st ladies golf tournament in the United States is held on the 7-hole Morristown, NJ course on Oct 17-1894. Miss Hollard A. Ford won with a 97 scored on the double-7, 14 strokes under her nearest rival.
1895 - The first Women's Amateur Golf championship in the United States is contested among 13 golfers at the Meadow Brook Club, Hempstead, N.Y., on Nov. 9. The match is won by Mrs. Charles S. Brown with a 132 & the runner-up is Nellie Sargent.