January 30, 2018
USGA Selects Shoal Creek for U.S. Women’s Open Championship
“Shoal Creek has a great track record as a championship site and the USGA is quite pleased to partner with the club for a U.S. Women’s Open,” said Daniel Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the championship committee. “We regard Shoal Creek as a wonderful test of golf and are confident it will again shine as a competitive venue for a USGA national championship.”
The 2018 U.S. Women’s Open will be the third USGA championship conducted at Shoal Creek.
“Shoal Creek is deeply honored to host the greatest women’s golf championship in the world,” said Shoal Creek president Mike Thompson. “We feel that hosting the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open is a testimony to the quality of our golf course and the dedication of our members. We hope it is a great event for the golf fans of Alabama, the southeast and beyond. We thank the USGA for the opportunity to work together on this prestigious championship.”
Shoal Creek was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened on Nov. 1, 1977. Shoal Creek has hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships and numerous collegiate events. The 2018 U.S. Women’s Open will be the sixth USGA championship held in the state of Alabama.
Beginning in 2018, the USGA will move the U.S. Women’s Open to dates in advance of the U.S. Open.
“Conducting the U.S. Women’s Open earlier in the year will allow the USGA to provide optimum playing conditions for the world’s best players across a broader variety of the country’s finest golf courses,” Burton said.