2007 USGA Championship
March 12, 2007
Oakmont Country Club,Oakmont,Pa.
This will be the 14th USGA championship for Oakmont and a record
eighth U.S. Open, surpassing Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J.,
which has hosted seven. The club also hosted the 1992 U.S.
Women's Open and five U.S. Amateurs, the most recent being
Just like in the 2006 U.S. Open, where a couple of tees were
moved forward or back, depending on the round, holes eight, 10
and 12 will be played from different lengths during the
championship. This is a philosophy that the USGA has adopted for
all of its championships.
No walk in the park:
Oakmont could lay claim as the most-challenging venue used for
USGA competitions. At the 2003 U.S. Amateur, only one golfer out
of the 312 starters for stroke-play qualifying managed to break
par (70), while the stroke average was 79.014. Then again, Johnny
Miller carded a final-round 63 to win the 1973 U.S. Open,
considered by many to be one of the best 18-hole rounds in
Forty-plus years ago, Oakmont underwent a massive tree planting
campaign that turned the layout into a parkland course. Not long
after the 1994 U.S. Open, the club board decided to give the
classic course a major restoration, removing some 5,000 trees
over a 10-year period to give Oakmont a retro look that has drawn
rave reviews from the public and golf media. Even though the
layout now resembles a links course, Oakmont still hasn't
lost its luster as a major-championship venue.
Could overtime be in order at the 2007 U.S. Open? The last three
USGA competitions held at Oakmont have all gone to a playoff.
Patty Sheehan held off future two-time winner Juli Inkster in an
18-hole playoff at the 1992 U.S. Women's Open. Two years
later, Ernie Els won the first of his two U.S. Open titles by
defeating Colin Montgomerie and Loren Roberts in a playoff. And
in 2003, Nick Flanagan of Australia needed 37 holes (scheduled
36-hole final) to defeat Casey Wittenberg for the U.S. Amateur
Home club hero:
The first USGA championship staged at Oakmont was the 1919 U.S.
Amateur, where Oakmont club member S. Davidson Herron (not
related to Tour player Tim Herron) defeated a young Bob Jones in
the championship match, 5 and 4. Herron is one of a handful of
golfers to win a USGA championship on his home course. Six years
later, Jones would return to Oakmont to win the second of his
five U.S. Amateur titles, an 8-and-7 triumph over fellow Georgian
Watts Gunn. In 1935, Pittsburgh native Sam Parks won the U.S.
Open at Oakmont by two strokes over Jimmy Thomson. But at the
1962 U.S. Open, western Pennsylvania's native son, Arnold
Palmer, came up short to an up-and-coming star, Jack Nicklaus.
The Golden Bear outlasted the King in an 18-hole playoff for the
first of his record 18 major titles.
"Prior to this week the first time I ever played it - I
probably played the course 25 times - Oakmont is the single
hardest golf course I ever played in my entire life." - USA
Walker Cupper Trip Kuehne at 2003 U.S. Amateur.
U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship
Kearney Hill Golf Links,Lexington,Ky.
Pete Dye and P.B. Dye
This will be the club's second USGA championship. Kearney
Hill hosted the 1997 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, won
by current Tour player Tim Clark of South Africa.
Kearney Hill is one of three Pete Dye-designed courses to host a
USGA championship this year, joining Whistling Straits (Senior
Open) and Crooked Stick (Women's Amateur). P.B. Dye also
designed Boone Valley Golf Club, site of this year's U.S.
Genesis of a course:
The Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation wanted to develop
an upscale, municipal facility that could attract players from
all over the region and future championships as well. Local
officials retained the help of a well-known amateur player from
the area, Johnny Owens, who played at the of and had competed in
top-level amateur events in the U.S. and Europe. It was Owens who
got in touch with Pete Dye, who along with his son, P.B., became
the architects for the proposed course. The idea was to build a
course that was good enough to attract local players, but strong
and challenging enough to host national championships. What made
the project interesting is that Pete Dye had not many municipal
courses and his son was just a fledgling course architect at the
Kearney Hill also was the site of the Champions Tour's Bank
One Classic from 1990-97. Gary Player won the competition twice,
while Isao Aoki and Vicente Fernandez also posted victories
Public Links fact:
Kearney Hill becomes the ninth course to have hosted the U.S.
Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Women's Amateur Public
Operated by the Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation,
Kearney Hill features open, rolling terrain, deep sand bunkers,
an abundance of water and very few trees. Wind is a key defense
for the course. It has been named the No. 1 public course in
Did you know:
Three of the past four USGA events played in the state of
Kentucky have been U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships,
including 1932 at Shawnee Golf Club in Louisville. The only
non-Public Links event to be held in Kentucky was the 1994 USGA
Senior Amateur at The Champions Golf Club in Nicholasville.
For those who don't like to venture too far from the first
tee to watch golf, 14 of the 18 holes at Kearny Hill can be
viewed from the observation decks on the second level of the
364 days of golf:
Kearney Hill is open year-round except for one day: Dec. 25. The
club closes to observe Christmas.
Copa de las Americas Championship
Beacon Hall Golf Club, Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Defending champion: Canada (Men); Colombia (Women)
This will be the first major competition held at the club.
What is Copa de las Americas:
This is a biennial event that began in Puerto Rico in 2003 with
teams from North, Central and South America. The competition is
72 holes of stroke play with two-person men's and women's
teams. Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, the Cayman
Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto
Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America, the U.S.
Virgin Islands and Uruguay have participated in one or both of
the previous comopetitions.
Beacon Hall has two distinct nines. The first nine is played
through a forested landscape, at times reminiscent of what a
golfer might find in the Carolinas. The second nine, with its
rolling hills and fescues, has the feel of a Scottish links
Since it opened, Beacon Hall has been ranked among the top 10
courses in Canada by
recently rated 100 courses outside of the U.S. and placed Beacon
Hall at No. 19. Aurora also is one of the most affluent
communities in Canada.
With only 241 members, Beacon Hall can boast that starting times
are not necessary, even on the weekends. The club had just 14,700
rounds last year, while the average private course in Canada
generally has around 38,000 rounds.
U.S.Women's Open Championship
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, N.C.
This will be the third U.S. Women's Open and fifth USGA
championship overall for Pine Needles. Hall of Famers Karrie Webb
(2001) and Annika Sorenstam (1996) are the two previous
Women's Open champions at Pine Needles. LPGA Tour player
Brandie Burton won the 1989 U.S. Girls' Junior there, while
Phyllis Preuss earned a one-stroke victory over Anne Sander and
Belle Robertson at the 1991 USGA Senior Women's Amateur.
Like Pinehurst No. 2, you won't find many water hazards at
Pine Needles (only three ponds exist and all can be navigated
from the tee). Ross felt that water was too penal, so he chose
bunker placements as a way to challenge players and make them use
their creativity around the greens.
At the previous two Women's Opens staged at Pine Needles, the
15th hole was played as a par 4, measuring 405 (1996) and 409
(2001) yards. This time, the tee has been pushed back and it will
play as a 523-yard par 5.
Restoring the glory:
Over time, the original greens became smaller and more
oval-shaped so Pine Needles hired golf course architect and 1977
U.S. Amateur champion John Fought to give the Ross gem a
makeover. Fought restored Pine Needles to its original look while
adding length so it can play more than 7,000 yards. Fairway
bunkers now serve as the type of hazard Ross intended to be from
the tees. "We want to remind people that this is a Donald
Ross course," said Fought. "We're getting back to
Ross in every way we can."
Sorenstam would likely be the choice to repeat since the last two
Women's Opens played here saw the champion successfully
defend her title - Sorenstam in 1996 and Webb in 2001.
No matter what Fought did to restore the playing characteristics
of Pine Needles, the course still winds its way through rolling
landscape featuring maples, holly trees, azaleas, dogwood,
blackjack oaks and loblolly pines.
It's hard to believe that the last time the Women's Open
visited Pine Needles Morgan Pressel had just turned 13 and become
the youngest qualifier in the championship's history. Since
then, Pressel has won a U.S. Women's Amateur title (2005),
finished tied for second at the Women's Open as an amateur
(2005) and this spring became the youngest winner of a
women's major championship when she captured the 2007 Kraft
The resort and lodge is owned by noted golf instructor Peggy Kirk
Bell, who purchased the property with her late husband back in
1953. Bell played on the 1950 USA Curtis Cup team and is a past
recipient of the USGA's Bob Jones Award, the highest honor
bestowed by the Association. After his 2005 U.S. Open triumph,
Michael Campbell celebrated with Bell and her family and photos
can be found on property.
Pine Needleswas built by the same family (Tufts) who developed
the nearby Pinehurst Resort, site of the 1999 and 2005 U.S.
Opens. Ross, who designed Pinehurst's signature No. 2 Course,
was a resort employee at the time and chosen to design Pine
Needles. He also did Mid Pines, the course across the street from
Pine Needles. Mid Pines was the site of the 2002 USGA Senior
Did you know:
The first open golf competition for women was conducted at Pine
Needles in 1928. The event was titled the Women's Mid-South
The U.S. Women's Open in 1996 was not the first major ever
held at Pine Needles. The 1972 Titleholders Championship, an LPGA
major at the time, was waged here and Sandra Palmer defeated a
field that included LPGA legends Patty Berg and Kathy Whitworth.
"I love the golf course. It is, I have to say, one of my
favorite [Women's] Open courses." - Hall of Famer Nancy
U.S.Senior Open Championship
This will be the first USGA championship held at Whistling
Straits. Nearby Blackwolf Run, which is part of the American Club
Resort, hosted the 1998 U.S. Women's Open. Whistling
Straits' first foray into championship golf came in 2004 when
the Straits Course hosted the 2004 Championship, won by Vijay
Singh in a playoff over Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. The
1999 Club Professional Championship was also held there. The 2005
Palmer Cup was held on the neighboring Irish Course. The Senior
Open will be contested on the Straits Course.
By the numbers:
At 7,068 yards, Whistling Straits (Straits Course) will be the
second-longest venue for a Senior Open, trailing only 7,117-yard
Bellerive County Club in St. Louis, site of the 2004
championship. The Straits Course played at 7,514 yards for the
2004 Championship. Several holes will use different tees
depending on the round and conditions. The par-5 second could
play 593 or 554 yards; the par-3 third could play 181 or 154
yards; the par-4 fourth at 445 or 416 yards; the par-4 sixth at
355 or 332 yards; and the par-3 17th at 216 or 190 yards.
Welcome to Ireland . err Wisconsin:
Dye sculpted a bit of Ireland into a 560-acre parcel of land
along Lake Michigan and turned it into a links-style course that
already is listed among one of the best in the U.S. by several
magazine rated it seventh among the 25 best walks in golf.
The golf course is part of the elegant five-star American Club
Resort that was founded by bathroom fixture magnate, Herb Kohler.
Blackwolf Run, which features two courses ( and River), was the
site of the 1998 U.S. Women's Open. That event used holes
from both courses to create the course used for the championship.
This is the ninth USGA event (first Senior Open) to be hosted in
Wisconsin. The first was the 1951 U.S. Amateur Public Links at
Brown Deer Park in Milwaukee, which is the site of the U.S. Bank
Championship on the Tour.
Open, rugged and windswept terrain define the Straits Course that
will be used for the Senior Open. It could remind many of the
historic Irish links layouts such as Ballybunion or Lahinch.
The American Club resort, the epicenter for the four golf
courses, was built in 1918 as a boarding house for immigrants
hired to work at the Kohler Company. The
and its six rooms are each a testament to the respective cultures
that settled here in the state's early days.
U.S.Amateur Public Links Championship
CantignyGolf Club (Woodside/Lakeside),Wheaton,Ill.
This will be the club's first USGA championship, but the
course did host the 2006 Western Junior won by Jhared Hack.
Why it's right:
Chicago is home to some of the best golf courses in the country,
several of which are open to the public, including Cantigny
(pronounced Canteeny). This will be the fourth time the has
visited the area (fifth overall for the state), the last coming
in 1989 at well-known Cog Hill in Lemont. Cantigny and Cog Hill
consistently rank among the state's best public venues.
Packard accepted the job to design Cantigny's 27 golf holes
shortly after remodeling Medinah's famous No. 3 Course for
the 1988 U.S. Senior Open and the 1990 U.S. Open. He called the
project a "dream job for a great client." He is the son
of longtime architect, Lawrence E. Packard.
What's in a name:
Col. Robert R. McCormick was an artillery battalion commander in
the Army's famous 1st Infantry Division. Cantigny is a small
town in France, where McCormick's artillery battalion
supported the 1st Infantry Division in the first United
States-led offensive operation of World War I. The battle made a
lasting impression on Colonel McCormick, who later became the
publisher of the
, and he commemorated the battle by renaming his 500-acre estate
in Wheaton, Cantigny.
An ode to recreation:
In his will, McCormick instructed that Cantigny be preserved
"for the recreation, instruction and welfare of the people
of the State of Illinois." Besides the 27 holes of golf, the
facility features two museums, 10 acres of gardens and a
nine-hole golf course strictly for juniors. The is located in the
former publisher's 27-room mansion, while the features
exhibits that follow the history of the 1st Infantry Division
from World War I to the present.
The ninth hole on the Lakeside Course, which will be 18 for the ,
has a fairway bunker that is a silhouette of comic-strip
character Dick Tracy. The comic strip was a longtime staple of
U.S.Girls' Junior Championship
TacomaCountry & Golf Club,Lakewood,Wash.
This will be the club's fourth USGA championship and first
since the 1994 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. Seattle native Anne
Sander won the 1961 U.S. Women's Amateur at Tacoma C &
G.C. This will be the third U.S. Girls' Junior held in the
state of Washington. Broadmoore Golf Club in Seattle had the 1961
event and 23 years later, Mill Creek C.C. in Bothell hosted the
A club first:
Tacoma C & G.C. is the oldest private golf club west of the
Mississippi. The course opened in the same year that the USGA was
founded (1894). It is listed as one of the first 100 clubs in
How it all began:
Employees of Scottish firms in the area started playing the game
on the prairie lands of south Tacoma in 1892. Two years later,
Alexander Baillie and a handful of others organized a club,
leased 280 acres of land and built a clubhouse. Twenty years
later, the Tacoma Golf Club merged with Tacoma Country Club on
and forged a blueprint for a new clubhouse and course.
James Barnes, the 1921 U.S. Open champion and winner of two
Championships (1916, 1919), was the head pro at Tacoma C &
G.C. from 1910-15. Barnes also won the 1925 British Open. The
late Chuck Congdon, who served as the head pro at the club for 30
years, was a five-time Washington State Open champion. Another
former pro, Al Mengert, is the only "three-peat" winner
of the Washington State Open. Tacoma C & G.C. hosted that
event in 1932 and 1997.
Pat Lesser Harbottle, the 1950 U.S. Girls'Junior champion and
'55 U.S. Women's Amateur winner, is a member of the club.
Her son, John Harbottle , is a golf course architect whose works
include BanBury in Eagle, Idaho, site of the 2005 U.S. Girls'
Junior, and the Olympic Course at in Bremerton, Wash., which
played host to the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
U.S.Junior Amateur Championship
36-35 - 71
Philip Francis (ineligible to defend)
This will be the club's first USGA championship, but the
course previously hosted a pair of Champions Tour events - the
Boone Valley Classic from 1996-2000 and the Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Match Play in 2001. U.S. Open champions Hale Irwin and Larry
Nelson each won the Classic twice.
The Dye course has undergone substantial changes since opening 15
years ago, including revisions to the fifth, 15th and 18th holes.
was developed from 440 acres of farm land. The site was
discovered by one of the club's four founders, James Manion,
and the land was purchased in the fall of 1989. Architect Laurent
Torno was hired to design the 8,000-square foot clubhouse that
overlooks the valley and its two, six-acre lakes.
What's in a name:
The club is named after American pioneer and trailblazer Daniel
Boone, who settled in the region where the club is located around
1798. Boone, who is responsible for the exploration and
settlement of Kentucky, remained in Missouri the rest of his life
(he died at age 85) and was buried there along with his wife. But
a quarter of a century following his death, both were brought
back to Kentucky and laid to rest in a Frankfort cemetery.
Member honor roll:
Luminaries who are members of the club include three-time U.S.
Open and two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Hale Irwin;
three-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Ellen Port;
two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion John "Spider"
Miller; inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur winner Jim Holtgrieve; and
current USA Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci. The club will be
celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2007.
Why it's right: "
The Show Me State" has hosted 14 previous USGA
championships, including two U.S. Opens and a U.S. Senior Open,
but this is the first U.S. Junior to be played in Missouri. This
is the 10th different USGA championship to be waged in the state.
No player from the state of Missouri has ever advanced to the
championship final at the U.S. Junior.
Home away from home:
Because of its remote location, the club, in February of 1999,
opened the Cottages at . The two spacious cottages, named Augusta
and Boone, have become the ideal setting for small meetings and
special occasions. Each adobe features four bedrooms, spacious
living areas, food, beverages and a putting green. The complex
also has a conference room capable for having small meetings.
U.S.Women's Amateur Championship
Crooked Stick Golf Club,Carmel,Ind.
This will be the fifth USGA event held at the club, following the
1993 U.S. Women's Open, won by Laurie Merten, the 1989 U.S.
Mid-Amateur, 1982 U.S. Junior and 1983 USGA Senior Amateur. The
2009 U.S. Senior Open also will be held at the club.
Other big events:
Crooked Stick also was the site of the 1991 Championship, when
John Daly came out of obscurity as the ninth alternate to win the
title. In 2004, it hosted the Solheim Cup Matches.
Crooked Stick was one of Dye's first projects and it came
after he spent a year in Scotland playing many of the
country's traditional links layouts, including Cruden Bay,
which made a lasting impressing on him. Pot bunkers, wooden
sleepers, small greens, blind shots and undulating fairways - all
of which can be found overseas - made their way into the design
of Crooked Stick, along with many trees, something not often
found on Scottish links courses. Crooked Stick has been hailed as
one of Dye's better designs and
magazine ranked it the No. 1 course in Indiana and No. 76 overall
in its top-100 list. He also lives right off the 18th hole.
Visit the club and you could run into several luminaries who are
members of the club, including Indianapolis Colts quarterback
Peyton Manning; former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle (a very
good golfer); Indiana governor Mitch Daniels; former USGA
Women's Committee chairman Marcia Luigs; two-time USGA Senior
Women's Amateur champion Alice Dye (wife of course designer);
and 1997 USGA Senior Women's Amateur champion Nancy
The Olympic Club,San Francisco,Calif.
Second stroke-play course (Ocean Course):
1918 (club was founded in 1860)
Sam Whiting (Robert Trent Jones Sr. did some revisions prior to
1955 U.S. Open). Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish re-designed the
Ocean Course (originally designed by Whiting) in 1998-99, with
Bill Love doing minor revisions in 2006-07.
This will be the ninth held at Olympic, following four U.S. Opens
(1955, '66, '87 and '98), two U.S. Amateurs (1958 and
'81), one U.S. Junior (2004) and one America's Cup
(1958). It will also be the site of the 2012 U.S. Open.
"Gentleman" Jim Corbett (1892 heavyweight boxing
champion); Billy Johnston (1923 Wimbledon champion); Ken Venturi
(1964 U.S. Open champion); Mark Twain (novelist); Ty Cobb
(baseball); Joe DiMaggio (baseball). And the last U.S. Amateur
waged at Olympic witnessed a champion with celebrity ties.
Nathanial Crosby, son of the late entertainer Bing Crosby,
defeated Brian Lindley in 37 holes. Crosby will be the guest
speaker at the 2007 U.S. Amateur Players' Dinner.
Ramsay became the first Scot in more than 100 years to win the
U.S. Amateur, following H.G. Whigham in 1896 and 1897.Ramsay only
competed last year at Hazeltine because he was exempt by virtue
of being a playing member of the 2005 Great Britain and Ireland
Walker Cup team.
Three of the last four U.S. Amateur champions have been
foreign-born players starting with Nick Flanagan (Australia) in
2003. Edoardo Molinari of Italy won in 2005 at Merion and Ramsay
Generally, the second stroke-play course at the U.S. Amateur
doesn't play quite as difficult as the main site. Case in
point, Billy Horschel of Grant, Fla., posted a USGA-championship
record 60 last year at Chaska (Minn.) Town Course but struggled
to a 78 at Hazeltine. But The Olympic Club's Ocean Course
should provide the players a stern test. At the 2006 Pacific
Coast Amateur, a 72-hole, stroke-play event that was won by local
product Patrick Nagle (Pacifica), both courses at The Olympic
Club were utilized and the par-71 Ocean yielded just 22 sub-par
scores compared to just three on the par-70 Lake Course. But the
Ocean's stroke average was just 1.6 shots lower than of its
more-famous sibling (74.1 to 75.7). The , which is used for the
U.S. Open, saw only one golfer (Brian Harman) better par over 36
holes of stroke-play qualifying at the 2004 U.S. Junior.
Revising the Ocean:
Originally designed by Whiting, the course has undergone several
changes over the years, some caused by loss of real estate from a
landslide into the Pacific Ocean in 1984. Access was lost to
parts of the first nine when the tunnel under was deemed not
usable. The Ocean Golf Course recently went through the
"Ocean Enhancement Plan" under the direction of Love.
The routing and design of the current Ocean Course was done by
Weiskopf in 1998-99. The enhancement plan deals with different
cutting patterns for fairways, some creation of short-cut
chipping areas and suggestions for native grasses and planting of
trees that will help with hole separation where needed. Under the
supervision of Love, a new 15th green complex was opened in 2006
and by the middle of2007, a new 14th green will be ready for play
in time for the U.S. Amateur.
Behind the name:
The Olympic Club doesn't have golf or country in its title
because when the club was founded, golf wasn't a key
component. The Nahl brothers (Charles and Arthur) turned their
backyard into a gym in the 1850s and it was the forerunner to the
actual club. The club champions itself as an all-around athletic
club and during the early part of the 20thcentury, many Olympic
members participated in the Olympic Games. In 1924, the club sent
more participants (24) to the Paris Games than any other club in
Prior to World War II, the Olympic Club had a football team that
often competed against Bay Area colleges, including Stanford,
California-Berkeley, Santa Clara and St. Mary's. The club
dropped football when intercollegiate teams began forming
conference affiliations and no longer needed to play area clubs
for top competition.
Olympic was the first West Coast site to host the Davis Cup
A magical year:
In 1964, three Olympic Club members held USGA titles - Johnny
Miller (U.S. Junior), Venturi (U.S. Open) and Bill Higgins (USGA
Olympic runs a highly successful junior membership program, which
produced Venturi and Miller, who as an 18-year-old amateur, tied
for eighth in the 1966 U.S. Open held at Olympic. Lately that
program can boast of Elliott Wainwright (2002 U.S. Junior
semifinalist and 2003 U.S. Amateur qualifier), Jordan Cox, the
2003 U.S. Junior runner-up and 2006 U.S. Amateur participant, and
Joseph Bramlett, who advanced to the second round of match play
at the 2006 U.S. Amateur. Bramlett and Cox are teammates at
Olympic Club has been the site of some of the most dramatic
final-round comebacks in U.S. Open history. In 1955, unheralded
Jack Fleck rallied to beat Ben Hogan in a playoff, thus denying
him a record fifth Open title. Eleven years later, Arnold Palmer
blew a seven-stroke lead over the last nine holes to Billy
Casper, and lost in an 18-hole playoff. At the 2004 U.S. Junior,
runner-up David Chung became just the second 14-year-old to ever
reach the final, losing to 15-year-old Sihwan Kim.
Did you know?:
Former baseball great and the Hall of Famer Cobb was competing in
the club championship in 1940 and got handily defeated by a young
junior. The drubbing was so bad that Cobb, who was known to have
a temper, simply walked off the course in a huff of anger and did
not return for several years. The young hotshot who beat the
ex-Detroit Tigers second baseman was 12-year-old Bob Rosburg, who
would go on to win the 1959 Championship.
USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship
SunriverResort (Meadows Course), Sunriver,Ore.
1969 (revised 1999)
This will be the second USGA championship at Sunriver, following
the 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, won by Annie
Fought, who redesigned the course in 1999, won the 1977 U.S.
Amateur. Many of Fought's projects have paid tribute to
American courses built in the 1920s and '30s with directional
and fore bunkers prominently displayed.
Drive, chip and jump:
Sunriver's location in central Oregon in the Cascade
Mountains make it one of those unique areas where someone could
actually go skiing in the morning at and then drive down and play
18 holes in the afternoon at one of the resort's three
Oregonand the USGA:
This will be the 29th USGA event staged in Oregon, but the first
USGA Senior Women's Amateur. Oregon actually will be the site
of two USGA competitions in 2007, with the U.S. Mid-Amateur at
Bandon Dunes Resort taking place some four weeks after the Senior
Not just golf:
Even for those who don't play golf, Sunriver has plenty to
offer with its four swimming pools, 37 miles of paved biking
paths and walking trails, tennis courts, horse riding stable,
nature center and plenty of rivers and streams for fishing. The
resort even has a 35,000-square feet spa for those who need to
wind down after a day of activity.
Flint Hills National Golf Club,Andover,Kan.
This will be the USGA's second visit to Flint Hills National,
following the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur, won by Meredith
Duncan. The 2003 Trans Mississippi Championship was also held at
Birth of a club:
Businessman Thomas Devlin was bothered by the fact that he had to
travel from his home state of Kansas to quench his thirst for
first-class golf facilities. So Devlin created the idea of
building such a facility in the Wichita area. He contacted the
well-known Fazio who came to Wichita to survey a possible site
for the club. A 640-acre parcel of land two miles from Andover
turned into the prime spot. The land was originally owned by Bill
Graham. Graham's daughter had married Kansas Hall of Fame
golfer Johnny Stevens, who always thought the property could be
turned into a world-class golf facility.
"Flint Hills is as good a course as I've designed."
- Fazio, whose works include more than 20 courses ranked among
the top 100 byeither
Incidentally, the 2006 Senior Amateur was also played on a Fazio
design, Victoria National in Newburgh, Ind.
Flint Hills National features 67 bunkers and 24 acres of ponds
that bring water into play on eight holes.
Thomas Devlin wasn't the only member of his family to be
heavily involved in the construction of the club. His wife, Myra,
designed the clubhouse, guest house and founder's lodge, his
oldest son, Tom, built the tee boxes and son, Tim, was the head
of the irrigation crew.
Going the distance:
Not every match will reach the 18th hole, but those that do will
find quite a challenge in front of them. The hole features water
entirely down the left side, a huge willow tree that gives pause
at the tee and generally plays into the prevailing south wind.
Director of golf Dave Henson said of the hole prior to the 2001
Women's Amateur, "It's an awesome finishing
Members at the facility include Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer
George Brett and John Schnatter, founder of the Papa John's
Some of the species a spectator might encounter while sitting on
the clubhouse veranda include Red Bird wing, quail and whitetail
Home on the prairie:
This is the third visit to Kansas for the USGA Senior Amateur. In
1969, Curtis Person Sr. won at Wichita C.C., while James Stahl
Jr. was victorious in 1995 at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson.
Royal,Newcastle,County Down,Northern Ireland
George Combe (revisions by Harry S. Colt)
This will be the club's first Walker Cup, but it has been the
site of other major competitions, including the 1968 Curtis Cup,
the 1970 and 1999 British Amateur and eight British Ladies
Amateur Championships (1899, 1907, 1920, 1927, 1935, 1950, 1963
and 2006). Many other Irish national championships and
professional events have also been held at the club.
Why it's right:
While players are selected from Great Britain and Ireland, this
will only be the second time in the Match's history that the
event will be held in Ireland. The 1991 Match was held at
Portmarnock in 1991. Portmarnock is outside of Dublin in the of .
Royal is situated in Northern Ireland, southeast of Belfast.
On , the club was given its Royal Patronage by King Edward . How
it came about is unknown, but club secretary James Laidler said
it likely was suggested to His Majesty by a local dignitary.
A king's ransom:
In order to prepare for the Walker Cup and update its facilities,
the club spent approximately $5 million renovating its clubhouse.
By George, this is a piece of work:
Old Tom Morris was hired to build a championship course in 1890,
but it was member George Combe who is credited for much of the
work and routing of what is the current championship course.
Combe was an outstanding player in his time and held one of the
first plus handicaps in the country. He founded the Golfing Union
of Ireland, started the handicapping GUI system that was later
largely adopted by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
and was the first to line the hole with a metal tin. Combe
expanded 's first course from a modest 5,150 yards to 6,400
yards. By 1906, Combe, who constantly tinkered with his design,
made significant changes to the characteristics of what are now
holes 11, 12 and 13.
Some people refer to as a Colt course because of the revisions
done by Colt in the 1926. But Colt does get credit for re-working
the well-known par-3 fourth hole (raising the green) and the
famous par-4 ninth, where a tee shot is hit over a sand dune into
a large valley. Prior to Colt's work, the fourth hole ran
parallel to the third and was a par 5 measuring 515 yards. Today,
it is one of the most photographed par 3s in the world. And at
the ninth hole, Colt lowered the dune near that obscured the
ninth green to build a green complex that also ranks among the
best par 4s in the world. Another well-known Harry - six-time
British Open champion and 1900 U.S. Open winner Harry Vardon -
also visited once and advised club officials on some revisions.
Blind man's bluff:
Royal is known for several of its blind tee shots, including the
second, ninth and 11th holes. A little white stone is placed at
the top of each dune, giving the golfer the proper aim off the
tee. The most notable of these shots comes at the ninth, where
there is a dramatic 60-foot dropoff to the 40-yard wide fairway.
Please don't Mourne:
What makes Royal County Down so picturesque is its location to
the Mountains of Mourne. In fact, one of the three golf clubs
that call Royal County Down home is the Mourne Golf Club.
Bernard Darwin, one of golf's legendary writers, once said of
, "[It's] the kind of golf that people play in their
most ecstatic dreams."
The Club atCarltonWoods,The Woodlands,Texas
Yardage (Fazio Course, men):
Yardage (NicklausCourse, women):
Texas (men); Georgia (women)
2001 (Nicklaus Course); 2005 (Fazio Course)
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio
This will be the first USGA championship for Carlton Woods, but
it has been the site for U.S. Open local qualifying and has
hosted the Carlton Woods Invitational, an invitation-only event
for men mid-amateurs and seniors that began in 2006. The 2004
Texas State Amateur was held on the Nicklaus Course. The Fazio
Course hosted local qualifying for the 2006 U.S. Open, while the
Nicklaus Course hosted local U.S. Open qualifying in 2002 and
'03, and U.S. Mid-Amateur sectional qualifying in 2005. The
USGA Men's State Team event is scheduled to be played on the
Fazio Course, with the Women's State Team on the Nicklaus
Course. Both are 54-hole, stroke-play competitions using a
3-count-2 scoring formula.
Carlton Woods is one of two private country clubs in the U.S. to
offer a combination of Fazio/Nicklaus layouts, according to Bill
Langley, managing director of The Club at Carlton Woods.
The Fazio Course features several elevation changes from natural
marshes to gently, rolling terrain. It is the first course in the
Houston area to be completely grassed with Zoysia. The fairways
were sand-capped to expedite drainage. Meanwhile, the Nicklaus
Course incorporates deep-faced fairway and greenside bunkering, a
variety of flanking and frontal water hazards, sandy waste areas
and boldly contoured greens.
Want my autograph?:
The club can boast several luminaries on its membership roll,
including Tour pros Jeff Maggert and K.J. Choi, and Nationwide
Tour member Roland Thatcher. Future Hall of Fame pitcher Roger
Clemens and Houston Astros manager Phil Garner also are members,
while Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench is an honorary member and
visits the club often when he's in town.
It didn't take long for the Nicklaus Course to receive praise
from the golf media. In 2002, it was named the top new private
course in Texas and third best nationally by
Dallas Morning News
recently named it the second best golf course in Texas.
magazine rated Carlton Woods among its top 100 private clubs in
America (95th). The Nicklaus Course also is a Certified Audubon
Cooperative Sanctuary, a program that is supported by the USGA
Membership has its privileges:
Not only does Carlton Woods feature 36 holes of
championship-caliber golf, but it boasts a 53,000-square-foot
Italianate-style clubhouse, a state-of-the-art tennis and fitness
center, and a full-service spa.
U.S.Women's Mid-Amateur Championship
Golf Club, Carefree,Ariz.
Sept. 29-Oct. 4
This will be the second USGA championship at . Jackie Cummings
defeated Bobby Clark, 3 and 2, to win the 1990 USGA Senior
Amateur. The club has also hosted the Arizona State Amateur and
the 2006 Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship was contested
Arizonaand the Women's Mid-Amateur:
This is the second time the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur will be
contested in Arizona. The 1991 championship was held at Desert
Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale, where Sarah Lebrun Ingram won
one of her three titles.
The club is set at 2,500 feet above sea level, with fairways that
are bordered by native desert vegetation, including the
well-known Saguaro cactus. was one of the first courses to be
built in the Scottsdale/Carefree area, a region that now boasts a
plethora of resorts and courses.
was designed with the goal of making the least possible
disturbance to the landscape; very little soil was moved in
creating the layout. The total cost to construct the course was
an amazing $275,000, a far cry from the multi-million dollar
ventures that have been created in the last decade in the Valley
of the Sun. One unique feature to the course is the lack of
asphalt or cement cart paths. Golfers drive carts on the fairways
themselves or on simple dirt trails to get from one hole to the
next. Another unusual feature of the course is the absence of
water hazards and fairway bunkers.
Some have called Red Lawrence's work at his "Mona
Lisa." It was one of the first courses in Arizona to
incorporate target golf, a formula used today by many area
courses because designers and course owners are limited to 90
acres of actual turf due to water restrictions.
Lover of classics:
Red Lawrence received his architectural training from Walter
Travis and the firm of Howard F. Toomey and William Flynn.
Lawrence was also one of the founding members of the American
Society of Golf Course Architects.
Home course advantage:
Thuashini Selvaratnam, the 2006 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
runner-up, will have plenty of local knowledge as she is a member
at . Carol Semple Thompson is the only player to win this
championship on her home course, taking the 1990 event at
Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, Pa.Reigning champion Meghan
Bolger of Oxford, Miss., won in her adopted home state.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort,Bandon,Ore.
Sept. 29-Oct. 4
Yardage (Bandon Dunes):
Yardage second stroke-play course (Bandon Trails):
1999 (Bandon Dunes); 2005 (Bandon Trails)
David McLay Kidd (Bandon Dunes); Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore (Bandon
This is the second USGA event for the resort, following the 2006
Curtis Cup. Bandon Dunes also has been the site of the Pacific
Coast Amateur and Oregon Amateur. This will be the second U.S.
Mid-Amateur held in Oregon, following the 1993 event at Eugene
Country Club won by the late Jeff Thomas.
Created on rugged, wind-swept land 100 feet above the Pacific
Ocean, Bandon Dunes has the look and feel of classic Irish and
Scottish links courses. Some have likened Bandon Dunes to that of
Ballybunion, a well-known links layout in southwestern Ireland.
The course is completely natural and routed through an
environment of indigenous vegetation. Ocean views can be found
from virtually every portion of the course. Bandon Trails, on the
other hand, is a bit more diverse as it starts and finishes near
the ocean but runs through a picturesque forest of incredible
trees and vegetation. Bandon Trails has a completely different
look than Bandon Dunes, which should provide different challenges
for the 264 competitors.
Risk and rewards:
The USGA's setup at Bandon Dunes will feature varying
distances on six holes depending on wind and playing conditions.
The first hole could play 375 or 386 yards, while the par-3 sixth
(178 yards) could be extended to 218 yards. The par-4 11th has
the biggest variable, going from 384 to 452 yards. The others are
the par-4 14th (347/390), the par-3 15th (131/163) and the par-4
16th (305/363), which could be one of the prettiest on the
course, a dogleg-right that hugs the coastline. In addition, a
new tee has been built on the sixth at Bandon Trails that can
extend the hole to 435 yards.
Resort owner Mike Keiser wanted a facility true to the Scottish
tradition, which Kidd interpreted as no real estate, no golf
carts and no clubhouse on the beach. So that's what Kidd
strived for when creating Bandon Dunes. As Kidd said, "The
course had to provide not only a challenge to every skill level,
but also a sense of adventure and an exploration of this great
landscape." The fairways and green complexes are large as
compared to some American classics, but the shrewd player will
locate the proper angles to attack. And with wind being the
course's biggest defense, learning to play the ground game is
essential to scoring well.
Walk this way:
Unlike a lot of other American resorts, golfers are required to
hoof it on the courses at Bandon Dunes Resort. Golf carts are not
allowed unless the player has a legitimate medical excuse, but
the resort does feature a deep caddie program.
"Probably the finest land made available for a golf course
in America since Alistair Mackenzie was shown the site for
Cypress Point Club on Monterey Peninsula..." -