The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced that Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood, Wash. will be the host site of the 2027 U.S. Senior Women’s Open. It will be the fifth USGA national championship held at the historic club.
“As we celebrate the fourth iteration of this championship this week at NCR Country Club, the USGA could not be more pleased to secure a strong future for this event over the next few years,” said John Bodenhamer, chief championships officer at the USGA. “Having an exceptional lineup of championship sites only furthers our commitment to providing ideal stages to showcase and celebrate these legends of the game who are still top competitors. We look forward to continuing to make history at these venues in the years ahead.”
Considered to be the oldest golf club in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, Tacoma Country & Golf Club was founded in 1894 by a group of Scotsmen and Englishmen who sought to play the game of their homeland. By 1896, the original 18-hole course and an additional nine-hole course were built on pastureland.
Tacoma Country & Golf Club was one of the six founding clubs of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, which itself was founded in 1899 and is the fifth-oldest golf association in North America.
The club has previously hosted the 1961 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by Washington native Anne Quast Sander; the 1984 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, won by Constance Guthrie; and the 1994 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, won by Sarah LeBrun Ingram. Most recently, the club hosted the 2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior, won by Kristen Park.
Other significant championships and events held at the club include 11 PNGA Amateur Championships (including the first one held in 1899) and three Washington Men’s Amateurs, as well as numerous USGA championship qualifiers including Final Qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Open.
“The community of Lakewood, Pierce County and our membership are looking forward to hosting a USGA championship once again,” said Rich McEntee, president of Tacoma Country & Golf Club. “From the arrival of the players through to the moment we crown a champion, we know this will be a special championship for all involved.”
The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is open to professional females, and amateur females with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4, who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship. The field includes 120 players, who will earn entry into the championship via qualifying at various sites nationwide or through an exemption category.
The format is a walking-only, 72-hole stroke play competition over four consecutive days with a 36-hole cut to the top 50 players, including ties. Laura Davies won the inaugural playing of the championship in 2018 at Chicago Golf Club, followed by Helen Alfredsson winning in 2019 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Making her championship debut in 2021, Annika Sorenstam won the 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn.
This year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open is being held at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio; and the 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be held at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore.
About the USGA
Founded in 1894, the USGA is a non-profit organization that conducts many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica. With The R&A, the USGA governs the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, N.J. is home to the association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where they honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit USGA.org.