Big Canyon Country Club, which opened for play in 1971, was originally designed by Robert Muir Graves. In 1998, John Harbottle III, whose mother Patricia Lesser Harbottle claimed the 1950 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 1955 U.S. Women’s Amateur, directed renovations to the Newport Beach, Calif., club.
The course features hilly terrain with five lakes that come into play on seven holes, approximately 80 bunkers and bermudagrass fairways. The member-owned club also completed construction of a 65,000-square-foot, two-story clubhouse in 2009.
This will be the second USGA championship for Big Canyon, which hosted the 2000 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur won by Ellen Port. Port, a St. Louis native, will captain the 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team.
Along with nearby Newport Beach Country Club, Big Canyon also hosted a 2013 U.S. Open sectional qualifier, where 2013 USA Walker Cup player Max Homa advanced out of a playoff. Nine-time USGA champion Tiger Woods was an honorary member of Big Canyon during his junior golf days.