The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced Hidden Creek Golf Club, in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., as the host site for the 2015 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. This will be the first USGA championship held at Hidden Creek. The dates of the championship are Sept. 26-Oct. 1.
“The USGA is pleased to bring the 2015 Senior Amateur Championship to a venue that has supported its mission by hosting several USGA qualifying events,” said USGA Vice President and Championship Committee Chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. “This newer yet traditional design will provide a comprehensive test for the best senior amateur players.”
Designed by the renowned team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and opened in 2002, Hidden Creek Golf Club offers multiple angles of play to its subtly contoured green complexes. The holes are bordered by native grasses and framed by pine, maple and oak trees.
“Our members and staff are very pleased and proud that the USGA has selected our club to play host to this prestigious championship,” said Hidden Creek owner Roger Hansen. “Having hosted qualifiers for the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open in past years, this is a fitting and welcome next step in our relationship with the USGA. We look forward to providing the Senior Amateur participants and spectators with a memorable experience.”
Hidden Creek has hosted qualifying for three USGA championships. The club was the site for a 2011 U.S Open local qualifier and was used in sectional qualifying for both the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open in 2004.
This will be the third USGA Senior Amateur in the state of New Jersey. Ridgewood Country Club hosted the 1957 championship and Mountain Ridge Country Club, in West Caldwell, hosted the 2012 championship.
The USGA Senior Amateur was first played in 1955. The championship is open to male amateurs age 55 and older with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4. In 2013, the USGA Senior Amateur Championship will be played at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C., from Sept. 21-26. The 2014 championship will be played Sept. 13-18 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The Minikahda Club, in Minneapolis, Minn., will host the 2017 Senior Amateur.