Opened in 1999, the Tom Weiskopf-designed Meadow Course became the second 18-hole layout created at Forest Highlands Golf Club. The Canyon Course, which was designed by Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, opened in 1986.
Unlike its hillier older sibling, the Meadow Course is more of a traditional parkland course. Created in a mountain meadow, the layout features lakes and scenic wetlands, as well as twice as many bunkers and larger greens than the Canyon Course.
Forest Highlands, two hours north of Phoenix, is nestled at 7,000 feet above sea level among majestic pines and groves of oaks and aspens. Given the altitude, players will be challenged by club selection in determining how far their golf ball carries in the thinner air.
While the yardage is subject to change, the Meadow Course, at 6,714 yards, would be the longest in U.S. Girls' Junior history.
This will be the third USGA championship contested at Forest Highlands, but the first time the Meadow Course will be utilized for match play. It served as the companion stroke-play qualifying venue for the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Dave Womack over current University of Oklahoma men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl.
In 1996, the Canyon Course hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur, where Shane McMenamy defeated future PGA Tour winner Charles Howell III in 19 holes in the championship match.
Other major events held at Forest Highlands include the 1991 and 2001 Pacific Coast Amateurs and the 1993 and 2004 Arizona State Amateur.
Forest Highlands joins The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.; Brooklawn Country Club in Bridgeport, Conn.; Wilmington (Del.) Country Club; Florence (S.C.) Country Club; Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colo.; Manor Country Club in Rockville, Md; Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club; Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J.; Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.; and Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas as courses that have hosted both the Junior Amateur and the Girls’ Junior.