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Shinnecock to Host Back-to-Back US Opens in 2036

by | Mar 2, 2024 | PRO NEWS

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, in Southampton, N.Y., has been chosen by the USGA to host the 136th U.S. Open and the 91st U.S. Women’s Open Presented by Ally, with the championships taking place in consecutive weeks in 2036.

“Few clubs places can match the historic importance of Shinnecock Hills to golf in the United States,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA chief championships officer. “”As an organization, we felt that such an iconic venue would be an ideal stage for both our men’s and women’s premier championships. It will offer the perfect opportunity to bring the game’s best to one course and provide fans the chance to watch them compete for a national championship in back-to-back weeks.”

This will mark the third time that the USGA’s two most significant championships have been held at the same location in consecutive weeks. The first came in 2014 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, with the North Carolina venue set to host back-to-backs again in 2029. This will be the first time that Shinnecock Hills Golf Club hosts the U.S. Women’s Open and the seventh time the club will host the U.S. Open.

Its seventh U.S. Open will be played 140 years after the first one in 1896, as Shinnecock will continue its distinction as the only club to have hosted the U.S. Open in three different centuries. Most recently, Shinnecock Hills served as the site for the 2018 U.S. Open, won by Brooks Koepka. The club will also host the 2026 edition of the championship.

“Shinnecock is deeply proud of our founding association with the USGA and our role in setting the course of history for golf in America,” said Brett Pickett, Shinnecock Hills club president. “And we are extremely excited to build on that legacy through this historic, back-to-back presentation of women’s and men’s major championship golf in Southampton in 2036.

“Our first U.S. Women’s Open will build on our proud history of advancing the women’s game in America, which began when Shinnecock was the first golf club in the U.S. to have women members in 1891. We look forward to working closely with our friends at the USGA and with the Southampton community to develop these special weeks in Southampton in the years ahead.”

One of the five founding member clubs of the USGA, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is the oldest incorporated golf club in the United States, having been founded in 1891. The club has a long and illustrious history of hosting USGA championships. It served as the host site for both the second U.S. Amateur and second U.S. Open in 1896.

The latter saw John Shippen make history, becoming the first African-American to compete in a major championship, finishing fifth. Shinnecock Hills was the first club in the country to admit women as members, which it did from its inception, and played host to the sixth U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1900. The club would later host the 1967 U.S. Senior Amateur and 1977 Walker Cup Match.

In 1986, the U.S Open returned to Shinnecock Hills following a 90-year absence. Raymond Floyd, at age 43, became the oldest player at the time to win the championship after a back back-and and-forth final round in which 10 competitors held at least a share of the lead. Corey Pavin’s 4-wood to the 18th green – a 228-yard approach that finished 5 feet from the flagstick – sealed his lone major victory in 1995 and is considered one of the greatest shots in U.S. Open history. Retief Goosen captured his second U.S. Open in 2004, needing just 11 putts over the final nine holes to withstand a challenge from Phil Mickelson.

Finally in 2018, Koepka became just the third golfer to defend his U.S. Open title since World War II and the first in 29 years. His final-round 68 edged Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke.

This will mark the 23rd time the U.S. Open will visit the state of New York and the sixth visit by the U.S. Women’s Open. The last U.S. Open in New York was won by Bryson DeChambeau in 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club, and the last U.S. Women’s Open winner in New York was Inbee Park, who captured her second title just down the road from Shinnecock Hills at Sebonack Golf Club in 2013.

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