LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The USGA recently announced that The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, Calif., has been selected as the host site for the 2030 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
The club has previously hosted 11 USGA championships, mostly recently the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open won by Yuka Saso, and it will host the 125th U.S. Amateur in 2025.
“The Olympic Club has produced some of the most memorable USGA championship moments, and we are thrilled to be able to provide this incredible stage for the first time to the best female amateurs in the world,” said Mark Hill, USGA senior managing director, Championships.
“The members at The Olympic Club have always been such staunch supporters of the USGA and its championships, and will no doubt help us conduct a world-class championship once again.”
The club’s Lake Course has previously held three U.S. Amateurs (1958, 1981, 2007) and five U.S. Opens, including Jack Fleck’s stunning three-stroke playoff victory over Ben Hogan in 1955 and Billy Casper’s four-stroke playoff win over Arnold Palmer in 1966. Webb Simpson (2012), Lee Janzen (1998) and Scott Simpson (1987) each also produced come-from-behind U.S. Open victories.
In 2021, Saso defeated Nasa Hataoka in a three-hole playoff to become the first female to hoist a USGA trophy at The Olympic Club. The club will become just the fifth in history to host the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur, joining Atlanta Athletic Club, Baltusrol Golf Club, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links, which will join the list when it hosts the U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica in 2023.
“We are thrilled to partner with the USGA to bring another championship event to The Olympic Club,” said Paul O’Driscoll, president of The Olympic Club. “This commitment builds on the goodwill the club shared with the USGA when we hosted the U.S. Women’s Open last year, promoting women’s golf at an unprecedented level. Our membership looks forward to celebrating these amazing athletes with a fantastic event in 2030.”
Designed by Willie Watson and built by Sam Whiting, the Lake Course opened in 1924. After damage from storms in the winter of 1925-26, Whiting redesigned the course, and it reopened in 1927 with all 18 holes north of Humphrey Drive.
Only the first four holes of the original course remained. Prior to the 1955 U.S. Open, Robert Trent Jones lengthened the course, altering par on several holes and adding a fairway bunker on No. 6.
In 2009, Bill Love, former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, oversaw restoration and renovation efforts that featured the first routing change since 1927. A new par-3 eighth hole was created in the natural amphitheater below the clubhouse.
In 2016, the club undertook a renovation of the Lake Course’s bunkers. Most recently, the board approved plans to restore the Lake Course with architect Gil Hanse, a project which will be completed in 2023.
The 2030 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be held Aug. 5-11. Founded in 1895, the same year as the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Amateur marks the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country.
Most recently, Saki Baba of Japan captured the title on Aug. 14 at Chambers Bay in dominant fashion, defeating Monet Chun of Canada, 11 and 9, in the final match.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion earns an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open, which in 2031 will be held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
U.S. Women’s Amateur Future Sites
|2023||Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif.|
|2024||Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.|
|2025||Bandon Dunes (Ore.) Golf Resort|
|2026||The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.|
|2028||Brae Burn Country Club, West Newton, Mass.|
|2029||Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.|
|2030||The Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif.|