Championship Venue The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.
Opened 1983
Architect Pete Dye
Dates of Championship Aug. 24-29
Yardage/Par 6,836 yards/Par 72 (Yardages and par subject to change)
Course/Slope Rating TBD
Spectators Admission is free of charge and spectators are encouraged to attend.
Field Size 156 players
Entries Open Spring 2024
Eligibility Open to any golfer who is 55 years of age as of August 24 and whose Handicap Index® does not exceed 7.4
Qualifying Qualifying, over 18 holes, will be conducted at to-be-determined sites in July/August.
2023 Championship Todd White, 55, of Spartanburg, S.C., captured the 68th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in his first year of eligibility with a 4-and-3 victory over Jody Fanagan, of the Republic of Ireland, at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif. It was a matchup of past Walker Cup competitors: White in 2003 for the USA and Fanagan for Great Britain and Ireland in 1995. Fanagan was the first international player to advance to the championship match in U.S. Senior Amateur history. To read more, click here.
Quotable “At this point in time … words fail me,. I sit here and I look at all the hard work that's gone into it over the course of my life, and it's just incredible validation of that work. Hopefully it's something that I can take back with me into my career in the classroom and show the students that hard work does pay off, and nothing is given to you. You have to earn it. I feel like that's what I've done here this week is I've earned it.” -- Todd White
Hole by hole (Yardages and par subject to change) THE HONORS COURSE
Hole 1:
400 yards (Par 4)
Hole 2: 548 yards (Par 5)
Hole 3: 182 yards (Par 3)
Hole 4: 431 yards (Par 4)
Hole 5: 422 yards (Par 4)
Hole 6: 541 yards (Par 4)
Hole 7: 408 yards (Par 4)
Hole 8: 170 yards (Par 3)
Hole 9: 360 yards (Par 4)
OUT: 3,462 yards (Par 36)
Hole 10:
417 yards (Par 4)
Hole 11: 565 yards (Par 5)
Hole 12: 354 yards (Par 4)
Hole 13: 391 yards (Par 4)
Hole 14: 150 yards (Par 3)
Hole 15: 421 yards (Par 4)
Hole 16: 161 yards (Par 3)
Hole 17: 495 yards (Par 5)
Hole 18: 420 yards (Par 4)
IN: 3,374 yards (Par 36)
TOTAL: 6,836 yards (Par 72)
Notable Events at The Honors Course 1991 U.S. Amateur (Mitch Voges)
1994 Curtis Cup (Tie, GB&I retained Curtis Cup)
1996 NCAA Championship (Team: Arizona State; Individual: Tiger Woods)
2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur (Kevin Marsh)
2010 NCAA Championship (Team: Augusta State; Individual: Scott Langley)
2011 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur (Terri Frohnmayer)
2016 U.S. Junior Amateur (Min Woo Lee)
U.S. Senior Amateurs in Tennessee (2) 1955: Belle Meade C.C., Nashville (J. Wood Platt)
1959: Memphis Country Club, Memphis (J. Clark Espie)
Did You Know? Club founder Jack Lupton wanted to honor amateur golfers that have had great success so he created the honors circle. Each hole is named after a golfer and tells of their successes and accolades within amateur golf. Recipients of this honor range from college players to Senior Amateur champions and have been both men and women.
Notable U.S. Senior Amateur Champions J. Wood Platt (1955); J. Clark Espie (1957, 1959); Dexter Daniels (1961, 1966); Curtis Person Sr. (1968-69); Gene Andrews (1970); Lewis W. Oehmig (1972, 1976, 1985); Dale Morey (1974, 1977); William C. Campbell (1979-80); Ed Updegraff (1981); William Hyndman III (1983); John Richardson (1987); O. Gordon Brewer (1994, 1996); Bill Shean Jr. (1998, 2000); Kemp Richardson (2001, 2003); Stan Lee (2007); George “Buddy” Marucci (2008); Marvin “Vinny” Giles (2009); Paul Simson (2010, 2012); Louis Lee (2011); Doug Hanzel (2013); Pat Tallent (2014); Chip Lutz (2015); Sean Knapp (2017); Jeff Wilson (2018), Gene Elliott (2021), Todd White (2023)
Notable U.S. Senior Amateur Runners-Up J. Clark Espie (1956); Ernest Pieper Jr. (1971-72); Lewis W. Oehmig (1974, 1977, 1979); Dale Morey (1981); Ed Updegraff (1982); Richard Runkle (1983-84); John Harbottle (1986); George Zahringer (2008); Pat Tallent (2010); Bryan Norton (2014); Paul Simson (2017); Sean Knapp (2018); Doug Hanzel (2022), Jody Fanagan (2023)
What Champion Receives *-A gold medal
*-Custody of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy for one year
*-Exemption from local qualifying for the 2025 U.S. Open Championship
*-Exemption from qualifying for the 2025 U.S. Senior Open Championship (must be an *-amateur)
*-Exemption from qualifying for the 2025 and 2026 U.S. Amateur Championships
*-Exemption from qualifying for the 2024 and 2025 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships
*-Exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Senior Amateur Championships
Schedule of Play Saturday, Aug. 24 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Sunday, Aug. 25 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Monday, Aug. 26 (Round of 64, match play)
Tuesday, Aug. 27 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Wednesday, Aug. 28 (Quarterfinals/Semifinals, match play)
Thursday, Aug. 29 (Championship Match, 18 holes)
Match-Play Cut The low 64 scorers following stroke play will qualify for match play. If necessary, a playoff will be conducted to determine the final match-play spots.
Future Sites 2025: Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville, N.C./Aug. 23-28
2026: Baltimore Country Club (East Course), Baltimore, Md./Aug. 29-Sept. 3
2028: Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, Texas/Aug. 26-31
2029: The Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Va./Aug. 25-30
2030: The Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C./Aug. 24-29
2033: Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio/Aug. 27-Sept. 1