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By Golf Advisor Staff
Mar 12, 2018
If you haven’t yet finished sorting out your 2018 travel calendar, perhaps this listing of Golf Advisor’s 10 great golf destinations of the year can help.
To determine our destinations to visit this year, we looked at several key criteria: particularly new and renovated courses or resort facilities, plus marquee events that make for exciting centerpieces to a golf vacation. Click here to read about the 13 best new golf courses opening this year, and our top 18 renovations to look for.
You’ll find that these vacation spots run the gamut from well known and established destinations, to the more exotic or lesser known and value oriented. There’s a destination here for every budget.
Tweet us @GolfAdvisor about the golf destinations you’re most excited to visit this year, or tell us in the comments below.
10. Kiawah Island Golf Resort
On the southeast coast, the rich are getting richer. With Sea Pines Resort having debuted sweeping upgrades in recent years, and Sea Island announcing their own plans last year, the present is an exciting time for Kiawah Island golfers. It represents the first full year that all five of its resort golf courses are on the other side of renovations since before to the 2012 PGA Championship. Converting the Ocean Course to Platinum Paspalum turf was a bold move just a year before hosting the major, but the experiment (paspalum was an unknown this far north on the Atlantic Coast) paid off in spades, especially weathering storm surge from recent hurricane activity. With the completion of a Cougar Point renovation last fall, the courses on this narrow, sea breeze-laden island are now re-grassed with varying degrees of design renovations and updates. Nicklaus’ Turtle Point has a new outdoor patio that is becoming a popular 19th hole. More off-course amenities are expected to be announced soon.
2018 is also a Ryder Cup year, and the 1991 “War by the Shore” host has a special Ryder Cup package for golf groups of 12 or more that includes three rounds of competition, team shirts, receptions and much more.
9. Dominican Republic
Following a challenging 2017 hurricane season, 2018 is a banner year for golf in the Dominican Republic. Following a Web.com event in 2016-17, the country will fill in for Puerto Rico and host its first ever PGA Tour event. The host course, the lavish and spectacular Tom Fazio-designed Corales Course, reopened in late-2017 following storm damage to its ocean holes and is better than ever. Corales is the headliner among the golf courses in Punta Cana, but perhaps even more spectacular is nearby Punta Espada in Cap Cana, a Jack Nicklaus design that is rivals the Caribbean’s most memorable.
An hour down the road at Casa De Campo is the course that started it all and continues to shine, Teeth of the Dog. Updates include a new driving range that was installed prior to the Latin America Amateur Championship, new clubhouse at Dye Fore, and for resort guests, a sparking new beach club. The Corales-Punta Espada-Teeth of the Dog trio is about as good as it gets for golf in tropical climes. But for even more golf, an entirely new oceanfront course can also be experienced near Casa De Campo, La Romana Golf Club, which is part of the Bahia Principe Resort.
8. Baja Peninsula, Mexico
The dynamite Rees Jones course at Danzante Bay Golf Club made a splashy debut at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto in the Baja Peninsula last fall. But the real golf boom in Mexico is happening farther south in Los Cabos.
At present, Los Cabos Tourism reports more than 5,000 rooms with 13 new resorts in the pipeline. Developed within Diamante Los Cabos are the 639-room Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos (an early 2019 opening) and the 200-room Nobu Hotel Los Cabos (opening later this year), which will finally allow some public access to the three current Diamante courses.
The Twin Dolphin Golf Club, a project by Fred Couples with Todd Echenrode’s Origins Golf Design in California as the lead architect, could open later this year for property owners and guests at Montage Los Cabos, which comes online in May. The Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa and Grand Solmar The Residences at Rancho San Lucas recently completed phase one of development within Rancho San Lucas, a 834-acre master-planned community featuring 1.2 miles of beachfront. Its Greg Norman course should be ready by winter of 2018-2019, featuring six showcase holes on the Pacific Ocean.
7. Paris, France
Le Golf National
Can a powerful American team full of young stars (and maybe Tiger Woods?) win the Ryder Cup for the first time on European soil since 1993? Organizers expect the Albatros course at Le Golf National outside of Paris to attract the largest crowds in Ryder Cup history with up to 65,000 fans per day. Many will be foreigners visiting for the culture, tourist spots in Versailles (15 minutes away) and Paris (40 minutes away) and the spectacular French food and wine, with a little golf thrown in for good measure. France features plenty of nice golf courses, although there aren’t enough local golfers for the game to thrive. Could a single event inspire an entire nation to take up golf?
6. Alberta’s Canadian Rockies
The total 36-hole rebuild of flood-ravaged Kananaskis County Golf Courses in Alberta was over five years in the making. But this summer, both Calgary locals and worldwide visitors to the spectacular Canadian Rockies finally have their two courses back.
The grand reopening is all the more reason to visit two of the best National Parks Courses in the world, Stanley Thompson’s Jasper Park and Banff Springs. Also, modern, dramatic standouts Stewart Creek and Silvertip are nearby. Breathtaking scenery and wildlife encounters are around every corner. The return of Kananaskis solidifies the Canadian Rockies as perhaps the world’s best mountain golf destination.
5. Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
There’s always a reason to visit the Sandhills and in 2018 that’s especially so. Pinehurst made major changes in 2017 by remodeling the No. 3 and No. 5 courses to make way for the Cradle short by Gil Hanse and the expanded Thistle Dhu putting course. Now all eyes turn to Hanse’s renovation of Pinehurst No. 4, which will totally deviate in style from the Tom Fazio-designed layout.
There is plenty going on outside the Pinehurst resort, however. Talamore and Mid South are sporting new renovations, Tobacco Road unveiled a new onsite cabin to rent, and Mid Pines and Pine Needles are also in the groove following respective updates.
Also, debuting is the Pinehurst Brewery inside the remodeled steam plant that once powered the entire Village of Pinehurst for almost a century.
4. Big Cedar Lodge
Since Johnny Morris dropped his line into the golf business, no destination has been as regularly newsworthy as his Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock in Missouri’s Ozarks. Happenings have included everything from sinkholes to Tiger Woods to the Legends of Golf tournament and an unparalleled commitment to short courses. But 2018 is particularly notable, because it signals the first regulation 18 holes commissioned by Morris are opening, Ozarks National (Morris acquired what is now called Buffalo Ridge Springs and has been steadily upgrading it). Major championship golf is also coming back to Missouri. The 2018 PGA Championship will be held in St. Louis at Bellerive. Tacking on a few days at Big Cedar before or after the championship would be smart travel.
3. Sand Valley
In a year’s time, Sand Valley has become a 53-hole mecca of inland links golf set among rolling hills in remote central Wisconsin. On the heels of last May’s opening of the Sand Valley course by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw comes the Sand Box, a 17-hole short course by the duo opening May 1, followed by the May 31 grand opening of Mammoth Dunes, the hyped David McLay Kidd project that allowed some preview play last summer. To keep up with demand, Sand Valley will be adding an intimate residential community, more lodging, a new practice facility, an expanded clubhouse with additional dining and a grass tennis court complex during the season. Perhaps not even developer Mike Keiser could have envisioned Sand Valley becoming so popular, so quickly.
2. Northern Michigan
The Midwest’s arms race of golf continues. After 2017 brought another major to Wisconsin, Michigan will host two Champions Tour events this summer and also debut two highly-anticipated course openings. First is the follow-up to Arcadia Bluffs, the South Course, a Chicago Golf Club-inspired layout that is already generating plenty of buzz for its square greens and other Raynor-inspired novelties.
There is a second brand-new course opening in Michigan, but it’s way, way up there. In the Upper Peninsula, Sage Run will open next to Sweetgrass, which complements a handful of nearby courses that include Greywalls and Timberstone. The U.P. standouts make for one of the more well-known value golf packages in the Midwest.
1. St. Andrews
Carnoustie Golf Links
Once again, the Home of Golf will be the epicenter of the game for two weeks in July. The Championship course at Carnoustie Golf Links, on the other side of the Tay River bridge from St. Andrews, will host its eighth rendition of The Open the week of July 15-22, its first major since Padraig Harrington’s playoff win over Sergio Garcia in 2007. Then comes the Senior Open Championship on the Old course at St. Andrews July 26-29. Senior Writer Jason Deegan learned during his visit prior to the 2015 Open there’s a misconception that tee times will be sold out before, during and after big events. That’s not the case. There are enough courses, and many golfers are busy with the events themselves. Don’t count on getting on the Old course, but there are other tee times to be had.
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., will be the host site for the 77th U.S. Women’s Open in 2022. The championship, considered the ultimate test in women’s golf, will be held June 2–5.
The 2022 U.S. Women’s Open will be the seventh USGA championship and record fourth U.S. Women’s Open contested at Pine Needles, which is also set to host the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2019. The USGA was last at Pine Needles for the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, when Cristie Kerr won the first of her two majors with a two-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa and Angela Park.
“We are thrilled to bring another U.S. Women’s Open to one of the most respected courses in the United States,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Three great USGA champions have conquered the ultimate test in women’s golf at Pine Needles, and we look forward to adding the 77th U.S. Women’s Open champion to that illustrious list.”
In addition to Kerr’s victory in 2007, Pine Needles also played host to the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Karrie Webb, and the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Annika Sorenstam.
“Pine Needles is, if not my favorite U.S. Women’s Open venue, it’s in the top three,” said Webb, whose 2001 victory was her second straight Women’s Open title. “Pine Needles [in 1996] was my very first U.S. Open I ever played in, and then when we went back in 2001, I was so excited to be there as a defending champion. Obviously, it was a special week where I played fantastic golf at a tremendous golf course. I’ll always have special memories of Pine Needles.”
Designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1928, Pine Needles was renovated in 2004 by John Fought, who oversaw the restoration of greens and bunkers to their original forms with the aid of vintage aerial photos. In the summer of 2016, Kyle Franz was brought in to assist with a green rebuilding and bunker restoration project that aimed to maximize hole locations. The club, which was owned by women’s golf advocate, renowned instructor and LPGA Tour charter member Peggy Kirk Bell from 1953 until her death in 2016, also hosted the 1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur championships.
“To host the most prestigious event in women’s golf for the fourth time speaks to our longstanding relationship with the USGA, and we’re honored they accepted our invitation to host the Women’s Open in 2022,” said Kelly Miller, president and CEO of Pine Needles. “The Donald Ross-designed course has already crowned three memorable Women’s Open champions, and we’re confident it will again be a welcoming yet challenging host for the world’s best players. I can only imagine how happy Mrs. Bell would have been to host another Women’s Open.”
Bell is largely credited with being the driving force behind Pine Needles hosting its first three U.S. Women’s Opens.
This will be the 34th USGA championship contested in North Carolina, which most recently hosted the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst. Upcoming USGA championships in the Tar Heel State include the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club, the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst and the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur at Old Chatham Golf Club. Pinehurst No. 2 will also host the 2024 U.S. Open.
Upcoming U.S. Women’s Open Championships will be contested May 31-June 3, 2018, at Shoal Creek (Ala.); May 30-June 2, 2019, at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.); June 4-7, 2020, at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas; June 3-6, 2021, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.; and June 1-4, 2023, at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links in Pebble Beach.
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Still basking in the success of hosting the U.S. Open and the Women’s Open in consecutive weeks last summer, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club landed another prestigious U.S. Golf Association event Tuesday night.
The USGA and Pinehurst announced that the resort will host the U.S. Amateur in 2019, using the No. 2 and No. 8 courses for stroke-play qualifying and the No. 2 course for match play, the Donald Ross track that was the venue for the U.S. Open in 1999, 2005 and 2014.
Pinehurst hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2008 using the No. 2 and No. 4 courses for stroke play and No. 2 for match play. It also hosted the event in 1962.
This is the second USGA event on the schedule for Pinehurst, which will host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in 2017, the third edition of that new tournament.
With the long-rumored U.S. Amateur officially headed to Pinehurst, attention now turns to the return of the U.S. Open. In June, outgoing Pinehurst president Don Padgett II said he expected it wouldn’t be long.
“Do we know exactly which year? No,” Padgett said. “But they’re coming back, and we’ll probably host an Amateur before we host an Open.”
The USGA has awarded Opens through 2021, with The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., expected to host in 2022 and Los Angeles Country Club in 2023.
Also on the Sandhills golf radar: The Women’s Open could return to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club for a fourth time at some point in that rough time frame, potentially as early as 2020.
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February 5, 2016
FAR HILLS, N.J.
The United States Golf Association today announced Chicago Golf Club, in Wheaton, Ill., and Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, in Southern Pines, N.C., as the host sites of the inaugural 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship and 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, respectively.
“The USGA is proud to realize its vision of hosting national championships for players of all age demographics, and we are thrilled that the first two editions of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be contested at two of the most respected courses in the United States,” said USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., who announced the establishment of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open in February 2015. “We hope this championship will inspire generations of female golfers to continue competing at the highest level long into their careers.”
The championship will be open to professional females, and amateur females with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4, who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship. The field will include 120 players, who will earn entry into the championship via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide or through an exemption category, the details of which will be announced at a later date.
The format will mirror that of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open championships: a walking-only, 72-hole stroke play competition over four consecutive days with a 36-hole cut to the top 60 players, including ties. Prize money will be announced at a later date.
The first U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be contested July 12-15, 2018 at Chicago Golf Club, one of the five founding clubs of the USGA and the oldest golf club in the U.S. in continuous use at the same location. The club was founded in 1893 by Charles Blair Macdonald, who won the inaugural U.S. Amateur in 1895. The original 18-hole course was renovated in 1923 by Seth Raynor and remains largely unchanged today.
This will be Chicago Golf Club’s 12th USGA championship. The club hosted its first two USGA championships in 1897 – the U.S. Open, won by Joe Lloyd, and the U.S. Amateur, won by H.J. Whigham. It also hosted the 1900 U.S. Open, won by Harry Vardon, a six-time winner of the Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, and the 1911 U.S. Open, won by 19-year-old John J. McDermott, who survived a three-man playoff to become the championship’s first American winner. Additional USGA championships contested at the club include: the U.S. Amateur (1905, 1909 and 1912), U.S. Women’s Amateur (1903), U.S. Senior Amateur (1979), and two Walker Cup Matches, both won by the USA Team (1928 and 2005).
“As a founding member of the USGA, Chicago Golf Club is honored to support the USGA’s newest championship by hosting the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open,” said Brad Kinsey, president of Chicago Golf Club. “We look forward to making this, our 12th USGA championship, an exceptional event for players and spectators alike.”
The 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, the 61st USGA championship to be contested in Illinois, will be the state’s first Open championship since the 2003 U.S. Open, won by Jim Furyk at Olympia Fields Country Club. The 2015 U.S. Amateur, won by Bryson DeChambeau and also played at Olympia Fields, was the most recent USGA championship played in Illinois.
Pine Needles will host the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open from May 16-19. Designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1928, the course was most recently renovated in 2004 by John Fought, who oversaw the restoration of greens and bunkers to their original forms with the aid of vintage aerial photos.
This will be the sixth USGA championship contested at Pine Needles and the first since the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Cristie Kerr. The club, owned by women’s golf advocate, instructor and former LPGA Tour player Peggy Kirk Bell, also hosted the 1996 and 2001 U.S. Women’s Opens, won by Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb, respectively. Additionally, the 1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur championships were contested at Pine Needles.
“On behalf of the Bell family and our entire community, Pine Needles is thrilled the USGA has accepted our invitation to host the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship,” said Kelly Miller, president of Pine Needles. “Having hosted three previous U.S. Women’s Opens, we look forward to seeing some familiar faces and welcoming all competitors to this new USGA championship. I’m confident our Donald Ross-designed course will identify another great champion.”
This will be the 32nd USGA championship contested in North Carolina, which most recently hosted the historic back-to-back 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open championships at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst. Upcoming USGA championships in the Tar Heel State include the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and the 2019 U.S. Amateur, both at Pinehurst, and the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club.
The U.S. Open keeps coming back to Pinehurst.
The U.S. Golf Association officially announced Wednesday that the 2024 U.S. Open would be played on the No. 2 course at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, marking the fourth time in 25 years that Pinehurst will host the major championship.
The announcement came barely a year after Pinehurst hosted both the 2014 U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks, an unprecedented coupling. While the USGA does not have an official rotation of U.S. Open courses, Pinehurst No. 2 now has been the choice for the 1999, 2005, 2014 and 2024 Opens.
“It’s very important to continue to host a U.S. Open. It’s something that continues to make Pinehurst relevant to each new generation.”
Pashley said there had been no discussions with the USGA about hosting the 2024 U.S. Women’s Open in another Open doubleheader.
In the 1999 Open, the late Payne Stewart won with a par putt on the final hole, edging Phil Mickelson and striking a victory pose for the ages.
Pinehurst quickly was awarded the 2005 U.S. Open, won by Michael Campbell of New Zealand in a last-day duel with Tiger Woods. Martin Kaymer of Germany was a runaway winner in the U.S. Open last year, and Michelle Wie scored her breakthrough victory in a major championship by winning the U.S. Women’s Open seven days later.
“The thrill of hosting an Open never goes away,” Pashley said. “There are distinct memories from each Open. I remember last year feeling so proud of having so many people at Pinehurst, so many talking about Pinehurst. We’re in it and around it every day, but when the world sees it, it’s invigorating.
“Each Open carves out its own identity, its own memories. It should be that way in 2024.”
Pinehurst officials were expecting the USGA to break the news on the 2024 Open with its announcement this week. But the Pinehurst Village Council voted last week to approve a licensing agreement with the USGA for the 2024 championship. The agreement will include a payment of $350,000 by the USGA to the council.
“We are absolutely pleased to partner again with the USGA,” Pinehurst mayor Nancy Fiorillo said last week.
The USGA on Wednesday announced the sites for three U.S. Opens: The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. (2022, Los Angeles Country Club (2023) and Pinehurst. The 2024 Open will be played June 13-16.
“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places in golf in this country,” USGA president Thomas O’Toole said in a statement. “Some say it’s our St. Andrews — it’s certainly something special, and that’s why we’re going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open.”
Having the 2014 Opens in back-to-back weeks was an economic boon. There was $140 million in visitor spending, with an economic impact of more than $238 million over a 26-county region.
Pashley didn’t completely rule out a U.S. Open-U.S. Women’s Open repeat in 2024. He noted the USGA typically makes an announcement on a U.S. Women’s Open site about two years after its U.S. Open selection, but added, “We’ve had no conversations at this point.”
Pinehurst will host a pair of USGA events before the 2024 Open. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be played in 2017 and the U.S. Amateur will return in 2019.
Pinehurst No. 2, the Donald Ross masterpiece, underwent an extensive renovation before the 2014 Opens. The golf design team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore narrowed fairways and added more natural areas and native grasses to give No. 2 a more rustic look.
The bent-grass greens on No. 2 then were replaced by Champion bermuda grass soon after the championships.
“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places in golf in this country,” USGA president Thomas O’Toole said in a statement. “Some say it’s our St. Andrews — it’s certainly something special, and that’s why we’re going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open.”
Pressed to pick an early-line favorite for the 2024 U.S. Open, Pashley said Mickelson and Woods should have aged out but noted Jordan Spieth, this year’s U.S. Open champ, will be just 30.
“In theory he should be in his prime, and there’s no telling how many Opens he may have won by then,” Pashley said.
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July 22, 2015
FAR HILLS, N.J.
Three outstanding venues in three distinct regions of the U.S. were part of a landmark announcement today, as the USGA awarded the 2022, 2023 and 2024 U.S. Open Championships to The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club and Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., respectively.
“We are elated to host our national championship at these three historic venues,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., president of the USGA. “Each one is located in an area where golf and sports are celebrated, and we have already felt tremendous community support. We look forward to the test of golf that each of these classic designs will present to the world’s best players.”
The 2022 U.S. Open, to be held June 16-19, will be the fourth U.S. Open at The Country Club, which most recently hosted the 2013 U.S. Amateur, won by Matthew Fitzpatrick, of England.
“We are thrilled to bring the 122nd U.S. Open Championship to such a storied golf course and a great club, one of the five clubs that founded the USGA in 1894,” said O’Toole. “Arguably the most significant event in American golf happened there in 1913, when the young local amateur Francis Ouimet defeated the top pros of the day, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, in the first U.S. Open played at The Country Club.”
The 2022 U.S. Open will be the 17th USGA championship hosted by The Country Club, second-most among U.S. clubs to Merion, with 18. The three previous U.S. Opens conducted at the club – all of which were decided in 18-hole playoffs – were in 1913 (won by Ouimet), 1963 (won by Julius Boros) and 1988 (won by Curtis Strange).
Other USGA championships played at the club include five U.S. Amateurs (1910, 1922, 1934, 1957 and 1982), as well as the 1902, 1941 and 1995 U.S. Women’s Amateurs, the 1932 and 1973 Walker Cup Matches, the 1953 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the 1968 U.S. Junior Amateur. It also hosted the 1999 Ryder Cup, won by the USA in a rousing final-day rally capped by Justin Leonard’s clinching putt.
“The Country Club has a long-standing, valued partnership with the United States Golf Association, so our membership is very excited and proud to have been chosen as the host site of the 2022 U.S. Open,” said Will Fulton, The Country Club’s general chairman for the 2022 U.S. Open. “We have been fortunate to have held 16 USGA events and to have witnessed some of golf’s great moments. Along with our gracious co-hosts, the Town of Brookline, we look forward to welcoming golf fans from New England and around the world.”
The 2023 U.S. Open will be held June 15-18, and Los Angeles Country Club will become just the third U.S. Open venue in Southern California, joining Riviera Country Club in nearby Pacific Palisades (1948) and Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego (2008, 2021).
“This George Thomas-designed gem, the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club, was recently restored by Gil Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro,” said O’Toole. “It’s a perfect opportunity to take the U.S. Open to Los Angeles.”
The 2023 U.S. Open will be the fourth USGA championship at the club, which hosted the 1930 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by six-time champion Glenna Collett Vare over three-time winner Virginia Van Wie) and the 1954 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Foster Bradley Jr. over Al Geiberger). It will also host the 2017 Walker Cup Match, which is scheduled for Sept. 9-10.
“The city loves to host major events,” said John Chulick, club president. “This region, not having hosted the U.S. Open for 75 years, will be ecstatic about this.”
The 2024 U.S. Open, to be held June 13-16 on Pinehurst’s Course No. 2, will mark the fourth U.S. Open and 11th USGA championship at the historic venue. In addition to the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in June 2014, won by Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie, the USGA has conducted these national championships at Pinehurst No. 2: the 1962 U.S. Amateur (won by Labron Harris Jr.); the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Vicki Goetze-Ackerman); the 1994 U.S. Senior Open (won by Simon Hobday); the 1999 U.S. Open (won by Payne Stewart); the 2005 U.S. Open (won by Michael Campbell) and the 2008 U.S. Amateur (won by Danny Lee).
“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places in golf in this country,” said O’Toole. “Some say it’s our St. Andrews – it’s certainly something special, and that’s why we’re going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open.”
Prior to the 2024 U.S. Open, Pinehurst will host the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named as the site for the 2024 U.S. Open,” said Tom Pashley, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club president. “We take great pride in our relationship with the USGA and feel fortunate they have chosen to bring the national championship back to Pinehurst for the fourth time in just 25 years.”
|2016 (June 16-19)||Oakmont Country Club||Oakmont, Pa.|
|2017 (June 15-18)||Erin Hills||Erin, Wis.|
|2018 (June 14-17)||Shinnecock Hills Golf Club||Southampton, N.Y.|
|2019 (June 13-16)||Pebble Beach Golf Links||Pebble Beach, Calif.|
|2020 (June 18-21)||Winged Foot Golf Club||Mamaroneck, N.Y.|
|2021 (June 17-20)||Torrey Pines Golf Course||San Diego, Calif.|
|2022 (June 16-19)||The Country Club||Brookline, Mass.|
|2023 (June 15-18)||Los Angeles Country Club||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|2024 (June 13-16)||Pinehurst Resort & Country Club||Village of Pinehurst, N.C.|
Until recently, only property owners of Mid South and Talamore could enjoy the club’s membership. Now, for the first time, a limited number of non-property owners will have access to one of the area’s premier club membership opportunities.
A limited number of “Magnolia Memberships” will be made available to non-property owners. Opening the membership to non-property owners is among a series of recent changes at the two clubs off Midland Road in Southern Pines.
For starters, there is the newly renamed “King’s Course” at Mid South, the only Arnold Palmer Signature course in the Sandhills. Palmer’s masterpiece has been high on everyone’s list of great courses in the area, including one Pinehurst magazine that gave it the ranking of “No. 1 Private Course in the Area.”
This summer, the King’s Course got new Champion Bermuda greens along with a host of other course renovations.
“The greens restoration is nothing short of a watershed event,” said General Manager Matt Hausser. “Some greens increased in size by as much as 40 percent, as the many years of Bermuda encroachment were removed and the greens have been restored to their original shape and size. It’s incredible. All of the greens had shrunken to oval shape because of the Bermuda encroachment. We now have fingers and approach areas that we never knew existed. The opportunity for many unique pin placements will make the course even more fun and challenging.”
Along with the green’s renovation is a Mid South clubhouse overhaul.
“Our membership has grown in a lot of new directions over the past several years and the Clubhouse needed to move with the times,” said Hausser.
The back porch has now been enclosed to include a new bar, which has indoor and outdoor seating and big screen TVs for sporting events.
The main floor receives a full cosmetic overhaul with new furniture, flooring and a few other surprise touches to give it a unique and updated feel. Also in store is a dedicated kids area for members, which will have PlayStations, Nintendo, comfortable beanbag seating and more. “Members will be able to visit the club and feel comfortable to enjoy their time while the kids can do their thing,” said Hausser.
A new deck with pergola covered seating, outdoor living spaces with fire-pits geared up for “S’mores Night” are also in store. Upstairs at Mid South is the adult’s only Crow’s Nest, which boasts the finest views and bartending in the area. Comfortable seating indoors and out make this the ultimate private club hangout out.
“The new Clubhouse features along with our renowned Crow’s Nest are in keeping with where private Clubs need to be,” said Hausser. “It’s all about quality time with friends and family. The Club is the center of their universe and needs to have the facilities to pull it off.”
At Talamore, the Rees Jones masterpiece is coming off its acclaimed course and greens renovation also with Champion Bermuda. The New Course at Talamore is being heralded as whole new playing experience.
“It has been an incredible year,” said Tag Leon, Talamore’s Manager. “I have been here for 15 years and in the golf business all my life and never seen anything like it. We removed 75 bunkers, enhanced cart path access to all holes, improved walk on and off to greens, and of course added our new signature sod wall bunkers. Members and guests are thrilled with the new experience.”
Talamore also received a major clubhouse renovation that included an expanded bar, enclosed rear patio, and comfortable seating with a unique new old time, rustic feel. It’s now a whole new game at Talamore.
Alongside the Palmer and Jones’ centerpieces are a plethora of club amenities including two clubhouses, pools at both properties, Jacuzzis, kiddie pool, tennis, basketball and even pickle ball. More than 50 member-only social and golf events adorn an active, year-round calendar at the clubs. Member Guests, Men’s and Ladies Day, the club’s famous Putt-Putt, Casino night, Pumpkin Painting, Guest Chefs, Chili cook off and more provide something for all ages and tastes.
Members can also enjoy seamless privileges with Talamore’s two highly renowned clubs in Pennsylvania — Talamore Country Club and Applecross Country Club by the Nicklaus Design group. Championship golf, exceptional private club dining, pools, fitness and great local accommodations make Talamore’s pair of Pennsylvania clubs a unique and fun experience for all members. Members have access to all club events so they can plan their trip around special events at all the Talamore clubs.
For more information, call Tag Leon at 910-692-5884 x 127 or email@example.com.
Review of: Mid South Club
Played on 10/18/2017
“After renovation, certainly one of the best in the Sandhills”
Reviewed on 10/20/2017
I expected Mid South to be pretty good, but quite honestly, this exceeded my expectations. First off, it’s in perfect shape following the reopening in September after new Champion Bermuda greens were installed. The new greens recovered lost greens surface, but more than that, they rolled and looked perfect. As for the rest of the course, it was flawless as well, but even more importantly, this is a really fun course to play. Each hole has its own identity, there’s plenty of water and bunkers that come into play, and the course has more than its share of signature holes. The par-4 16th, with water off the tee and the approach, is one of the best, but I also liked the preceding par 5 as well as the finishing holes on both nines that share a common green.
Review of: Talamore Golf Club
Played on 10/19/2017
“Don’t skip Talamore on your trip to the NC Sandhills”
Reviewed on 10/23/2017
No doubt Talamore is one of the Sandhills hidden gems and better values. Renovated in 2016, this Rees Jones layout is solid in every way and in excellent shape, including the year-old Champion Bermuda greens. With plenty of elevation change, doglegs and terrific bunkering (adding sod wall bunkers were part of the renovation), Talamore is a really nice championship level course that is truly playable by all levels of golfers. It’s also a great starting or ending point for any trip to this year. For those on somewhat of a budget, Talamore Golf Resort offers terrific packages that can also include Talamore’s sister course, the wonderful Mid South Club, as well as nearby gems like Mid Pines and Pine Needles, which have also been perfectly restored. In addition, those staying at the resort get free breakfast and barbecue pork dinner on Thursday evenings.
Take a look at some beautful shots at Applecross Country Club, located in Downingtown, PA…a part of the Talamore Family.
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