New sponsor. New money. New golf courses.
Big things are happening with the US Women’s Open.
The premier women’s golf event becomes the undisputed premier after the USGA unveiled its plans Friday at a presentation in New York.
First, that sponsor: ProMedica, a nonprofit health and wellness organization, becomes the presenting sponsor, making the USWO the first USGA championship to have one on board. ProMedica is committed to the stated goal of using the USWO platform to generate money for its Impact Fundwhich hopes to raise $1 billion (!) over eight years to strategically invest in individual and community health.
A presenting sponsor comes with an increase in the size of the purse, not just a token increase: This year, the purse will grow from $5.5 million to $10 million. Over the next five years, the USGA says that will grow to $12 million. For comparison, the 2021 Men’s US Open had a total purse of $12.5 million.
“For more than 75 years, the US Women’s Open has been the one every little girl, in every country in the world, has dreamed of winning,” USGA CEO (and former LPGA Commissioner) Mike Whan said in a statement. A press release. “This partnership with ProMedica allows us to significantly grow the championship in every way, from its focus to its purse to the venues that host the event.” He added that the announcement was “just the start” of the event.
Let’s get to those classes, then. The USGA has unveiled a list of bucket list-level venues for the USWO over the next decade (and beyond!). The 2026 event will be played at Riviera, beloved annual host of the Genesis Invitational. The 2027 Championship will go to Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, site of the 2021 Solheim Cup. In 2029 they will travel to Pinehurst No. 2 in combination with the Men’s US Open, which will be held at the same course that year. .
Two beloved Midwestern venues will host championships in 2030 (Interlachen in Edina, Minnesota) and 2031 (Oakland Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
And these are just the new courses. We’ll forgive you if you don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of the previously announced USGA venues, and when it comes to the US Women’s Open, those include places like Pebble Beach, Oakmont and Merion as well as underrated courses like Lancaster CC and Erin. Hills. Check out the upcoming slate:
US Women’s Open Future Home Course
2022 — Pine Needles Clubhouse and Golf Club
2023 – Pebble Beach Golf Links
2024 — Lancaster Country Club
2025 — Erin Hills
2026 — The Riviera Country Club
2027 — Inverness Club
2028, 2038 — Oakmont Country Club
2029 – Pinehurst Resort & Country Club
2030 — Interlachen Country Club
2031, 2042 – Oakland Hills Country Club
2034, 2046 — Merion Golf
For good measure, let’s also add in the upcoming men’s US Open. The USGA goes far. And they take us with them.
Course for future U.S. Open men’s hosts
2022 — The Country Club
2023—Los Angeles Country Club
2024 – Pinehurst No. 2
2025 — Oakmont Country Club
2026 – Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
2027 – Pebble Beach Golf Links
2029 – Pinehurst No. 2
2030 — Merion Golf
2034 – Oakmont Country Club
2035 – Pinehurst No. 2
2041 – Pinehurst No. 2
2042 — Oakmont Country Club
2047 – Pinehurst No. 2
2049 — Oakmont Country Club
2050 — Merion Golf