Baltimore CC to host 2 USGA amateur championships

Baltimore CC to host 2 USGA amateur championships

The USGA will return to the historic Maryland club for the first time since 1988 for the 2026 U.S. Senior Amateur and the 2031 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

September 20, 2022

Baltimore (Maryland) Country Club’s East Course will be the host site for the 2026 U.S. Senior Amateur and the 2031 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. The USGA announced the news. The club has previously hosted four USGA championships, most recently the 1988 U.S. Women’s Open. 

“We are thrilled to return to Baltimore Country Club and rekindle our relationship with a club that has produced memorable USGA moments dating back to 1899,” said Mark Hill, USGA managing director of championships. “The process of awarding these two championships has been seamless, and we appreciate the club’s staff and membership for their friendship and partnership and look forward to working closely together over the coming years.” 

Baltimore Country Club hosted the fifth U.S. Open back in 1899, when Scotsman Willie Smith prevailed by 11 strokes over 80 other players to capture his only major title. The total purse that week was $750. Baltimore Country Club also hosted the 1932 U.S. Amateur, with Canadian C. Ross Somerville defeating eventual two-time USGA champion John Goodman, 2 and 1, in the final; the 1965 Walker Cup, when the U.S. retained the cup after an 11-11 tie; and the 1988 U.S. Women’s Open, when 13-time LPGA winner Liselotte Neumann of Sweden captured her only major title with a 3-stroke victory over Patty Sheehan

“It is a privilege to be able to partner with the USGA to bring the U.S. Senior Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur to our club,” club president Thomas Carroll said. “Since its founding in 1898, some of the cub’s most memorable and historic moments have occurred during its USGA championships. Our membership is looking forward to hosting the nation's best amateur golfers on our courses. It’s exciting to see Baltimore emerge as a premier destination for championship golf.”

Baltimore Country Club was founded January 13, 1898, at its Roland Park location. After the early success of landing a U.S. Open Championship, more land was acquired north of the city in Lutherville for a second location. The East Course at Five Farms, designed by A.W. Tillinghast, opened in September 1926 and underwent a renovation in 2015 by Keith Foster, restoring the course to Tillinghast's original design.

“We’re excited to welcome the USGA back to Maryland for these two championships and look forward to the opportunities that this incredible relationship with the USGA presents for the state and its golf industry,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said. “Maryland is proud to be a top destination for tourism and world-class sporting events.”

In addition to the USGA championships, Baltimore Country Club also hosted the 1928 PGA Championship and the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Senior Players Championship.

The 71st U.S. Senior Amateur will be held August 29-September 3, 2026. The 131st U.S. Women’s Amateur will be held August 4-10, 2031.