When the R&A announced earlier this month the host site for the historic 150th Open Championship in 2021, there was one clear choice: the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Similarly, as the R&A and USGA prepare to celebrate the Walker Cup turning 100, the Home of Golf seemed once again a fitting venue to mark the occasion. On Monday, the R&A formally named the Old Course as the site for the 2023 Walker Cup, which will be played 101 years after the first matches were held at National Golf Links of America in 1922.
This will be the ninth time that the Old Course will host the biennial amateur matches between the United States and Great Britain & Ireland—the most of any single course. Most recently, the Walker Cup was played at St. Andrews in 1975, when future major winners Jerry Pate, Craig Stadler and Curtis Strange propelled the U.S. to a 15½-8½ victory.
“We are delighted to see the Walker Cup return to our calendar of prestigious events at the Old Course,” said Euan Loudon, chief executive of the St. Andrews Links Trust. “I am sure many talented golfers on both sides of the Atlantic, some of whom may just be at the beginning of their golfing journeys, will be inspired by the prospect of competing in amateur golf’s premier match at the Home of Golf.”
The choice of the Old Course adds to an impressive list of upcoming venues for the prestigious amateur matches: Royal Liverpool in 2019, Seminole Golf Club in 2021 and Cypress Point Club in 2025.