US Opens Bound for Iconic Shinnecock Hills

The 16th hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Picture by John Mummert/USGA.

Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States: The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced that in 2036, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club will play host to both the 136th US Open and 91st US Women’s Open Presented by Ally, with the championships taking place in consecutive weeks.

“Few places can match the historic importance of Shinnecock Hills to golf in the United States,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Chief Championships Officer.

“As an organisation, we felt that this 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,” added Bodenhamer.

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 in Southampton, New York, hosts the US Women’s Open and the seventh time the club will host the US Open.

Most recently, Shinnecock Hills served as the site for the 2018 US 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’ President. “And we are extremely excited to build on that legacy through this historic, back-to-back presentation of men’s and women’s Major championship golf in Southampton in 2036. 

“The seventh US Open at Shinnecock will be played 140 years after the first, as we continue to be the only club to have hosted the US Open in three different centuries.

“And our first US 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 US 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 US Amateur and second US Open in 1896. The latter saw John Shippen make history, becoming the first African American to compete in a Major championship, finishing fifth.

Not only was Shinnecock Hills the first club in the US to admit women as members from its 1891 inception, but it also played host to the sixth US Women’s Amateur in 1900. The club would later host the 1967 US Senior Amateur and 1977 Walker Cup match. 

In 1986, the US 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-and-forth final round in which 10 competitors held at least a share of the lead.

Corey Pavin’s four-wood to the 18th green – a 228-yard approach that finished five feet from the flagstick – sealed his lone Major victory in 1995 and is considered one of the greatest shots in US Open history.

Retief Goosen captured his second US 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 US 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 US Open will visit the state of New York and the sixth visit by the US Women’s Open. The last US Open in New York was won by Bryson DeChambeau in 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club, and the last US Women’s Open winner in New York was Park In-bee, who captured her second title just down the road from Shinnecock Hills at Sebonack Golf Club in 2013. 

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