The U.S. Golf Association announced Friday that Oakland Hills Country Club will host the 2031 and 2042 U.S. Women’s Open.
The venerable club in Bloomfield Township was among five future sites announced for the women’s national championship, including Inverness Club in Toledo.
Oakland Hills is still vying to host its first U.S. Open since 1996. The next available date for the U.S. Open is 2028.
“This is truly a banner day for Oakland Hills Country Club as we proudly say we’ll be the site of the 2031 and 2042 U.S. Women’s Open Championships,” club president Rick Palmer said in a released statement. “We have added to our heritage and our long-standing relationship with the USGA with this great news. We are also pleased it has come so soon after we re-opened our restored and iconic South Course. It’s a momentous time for Oakland Hills.”
The 1916 Donald Ross course reopened in July after a $12-million restoration that lasted nearly two years. The extensive work transformed it from Robert Trent Jones’ fabled parkland “Monster” renovation that hosted the 1951 U.S. Open into a modernized, television-friendly, unencumbered layout with high-tech drainage that allows for minute control of green speeds — two key ingredients the USGA looks for at a U.S. Open venue.
“Our Donald Ross classic has been transformed into a contemporary course that will challenge and delight our membership,” then-club president Mike Dietz said in June, “while hopefully continuing our rich tradition of hosting championship golf at Oakland Hills.”
The club had no comment Friday on its ongoing efforts to land a seventh U.S. Open and its first major since the 2008 PGA Championship.
But hosting the U.S. Women’s Open, and the 2016 U.S. Amateur, are key steps in the process because the USGA looks for partnerships with clubs to host multiple championships rather than just one premier event.
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