Story by Cassie Campise
The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced on March 16th that the 61st U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in 2023, and the 44th US Mid-Amateur Championship in 2025, will be held at the Troon Country Club in Scottsdale.
“The Members of Troon Country Club are honored to partner with the USGA to host these two prestigious National Championships,” said Troon Country Club General Manager Garrett Wallace. “Tom Weiskopf’s first golf course design has stood the test of time, and with the refinements completed under his watchful eye in 2020, it will provide a challenging test to the best amateur golfers in the world.”
Some challenges on the course will be on the back nine. Wallace’s favorite hole, the 14th, also known as the Cliff Hole, requires an accurate shot off the tee and another challenging second shot. He is excited to see how players will perform at their four unique par-3 holes as well.
“They all play different yardages. They all have their own bit of trouble, and even with our short par-3, the 15th hole, which only plays 125 yards, you could make a one or you could make a seven,” Wallace said.
Wallace is confident players will have a great time on the desert course and enjoy the clubhouse and all it has to offer. With world class amenities and top-notch customer service, he is hopeful that players will love their time at the venue moving forward.
“I’m sure many of the players of both these events will be members of some of the finest private clubs in the world and hopefully when they are here at Troon Country Club, they’ll feel like they are at home,” Wallace said.
Featuring Pinnacle Peak in the background, fans can come out and experience the scenic course and watch some great, high-caliber golf.
What sets this championship apart from any other is fans will be able to relate to the golfers in some way. It’s very interactive.
“It won’t be as wide of a gap. You might like to shoot a basketball, but when you go to a Suns game, you never are going to think you can go out there with Chris Paul,” Wallace said. “When you come and watch these players, they are going to be some of the best players in the world, but you’ll be able to relate to their game a little more and I think that’s something for the casual fan to come out and enjoy.”
Troon Country Club is grateful for the opportunity to host two major USGA golf championships in the span of three years. From the members to Mr. Weiskopf’s design and renovations he made last summer, this is a notable achievement for the club, the city of Scottsdale, and the state of Arizona.
The club is already preparing for its first USGA Championship, which is the 61st U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in 2023.
This summer, Wallace and the country club’s championship committee will head to The Lakewood Club in Alabama to see how they host the event. With the work they put into the first championship, it will tie nicely into the 2025 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
“To think that the winner of the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur gets to play in the Women Senior U.S. Open is exciting and then, the winner of the Mid-Amateur in 2025 not only gets an exemption in the U.S. Open, but gets an exemption into the Masters, which is pretty cool,” Wallace said. “So, we’re really excited to work with USGA and our members are excited to host. It’s going to be a great time here in Scottsdale in the years ahead.”