U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR
By Joey Geske, USGA
The Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah, will make its USGA championship debut at the 2034 U.S. Women's Amateur. (TCC)
The Country Club, in Salt Lake City, Utah, will play host to the 2034 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. It will be the first USGA championship held at the club and only the second conducted in the state of Utah.
“As one of the oldest clubs in the western United States, The Country Club is steeped in golf history and is sure to provide a spectacular setting for the 134th U.S. Women’s Amateur,” said Mark Hill, USGA managing director, Championships. “We are eager to bring USGA championship golf back to Utah and are thrilled to add The Country Club to the list of national championship host venues.”
Founded in 1899, The Country Club sits on the southeast side of Salt Lake City, a 10-minute drive from downtown. Originally located in what is now the Gilmer Park neighborhood, the club relocated once in the early 1900s before settling into its present location in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range in 1920. William Watson and Harold Lamb designed the 18-hole golf course on 175 acres near the mouth of Parley’s Canyon.
“It is an honor for The Country Club to have been selected to host the 134th U.S. Women’s Amateur, and to bring this distinguished championship to Utah for the first time,” said Chris Gose, club president. “This is an exciting opportunity for our membership and the entire Salt Lake City community, and we look forward to hosting the world’s top female amateur golfers in 2034.”
The Country Club restored the original 1924 clubhouse in 2002 and completed a golf course renovation in 2007 led by John Harbottle, which included new bunkers, teeing areas and greens. The club will host the Utah State Amateur for the 42nd time in 2023 and has hosted the Utah Women’s State Amateur 26 times, most recently in 2006. It also hosted the 1947 Western Open and the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championships.
The Beehive State previously held the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Soldier Hollow Golf Club in Midway, which was won by T.J. Vogel. Vogel’s 12-and-10 victory over Kevin Aylwin in the final was the second-largest margin of victory in U.S. Amateur Public Links history.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur marks the beginning of women’s competitive golf in the United States, having been founded in 1895, the same year as the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open. It is open to female amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4. The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion earns an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open, which in 2035 will be held at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.
Most recently, Saki Baba captured the title in 2022, defeating Monet Chun, 11 and 9, in the final match at Chambers Bay to become just the second player from Japan to win a USGA championship. The 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be held at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif., from Aug. 6-12; the 2024 championship will be hosted by Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.; and the 2025 championship will take place at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.