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Shinnecock Hills will host back-to-back U.S. Opens for men and women in 2036

March 02, 2024
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Dom Furore

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on New York’s Long Island is as steeped in USGA lore as any course in the country, and it will add a special distinction more than a decade from now.

On Saturday, while holding its annual meeting, the USGA announced that the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open will be held a week apart in 2036, and both will be contested at Shinnecock. In 2014, Pinehurst No. 2 was the first to pull off the double, with Martin Kaymer winning the men’s title and Michelle Wie taking the women’s championship. Pinehurst already was tabbed to again hold the two majors back-to-back in 2029.

The women, who are seeing their U.S. Open played at more venues that have historical significance to the USGA, will be contesting their first major at Shinnecock. The men will return for their sixth U.S. Open in 2026 and come back again seven years later in a year that marks the 140th anniversary of the first U.S. Open staged at Shinnecock.

“As an organization, we felt that such an iconic venue would be an ideal stage for both our men’s and women’s premier championships,” John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s chief championships officer, said in a press release. “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.”

Brett Pickett, Shinnecock’s club president, noted in the press release that Shinnecock was the first golf club in America to welcome women members in 1891. “We are extremely excited to build on that legacy,” Pickett said.

Shinnecock in one of five founding members of the USGA and is the oldest incorporated golf club in the U.S. However, of the nine events staged by the USGA there, only one involved women—the 1900 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Brooks Koepka won the most recent U.S Open held at Shinnecock in 2018.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
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Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
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Generally considered to be the earliest links in America, heavily remodeled by C.B. Macdonald, then replaced (except for three holes) by William S. Flynn in the early 1930s, it’s so sublime that its architecture hasn’t really been altered for nearly 50 years. Most trees that once framed many holes have been removed, and in 2012, the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw did make a few changes, mostly green expansions and new mowing patterns, to prepare Shinnecock for the 2018 U.S. Open, won by Brooks Koepka. Shinnecock will again host the U.S. Open in 2026.
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