Shoal Creek, the site of the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, will host the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open, the USGA announced on Tuesday afternoon in a press release.
The venue, located just outside Birmingham, Ala., will host its third USGA event after the 1986 U.S. Amateur (won by Buddy Alexander) and the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Cameron Peck).
The 2018 USWO will run from May 31-June 3.
“Shoal Creek has a great track record as a championship site and the USGA is quite pleased to partner with the club for a U.S. Women’s Open,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “We regard Shoal Creek as a wonderful test of golf and are confident it will again shine as a competitive venue for a USGA national championship.”
The dates also signal a change, as beginning in 2018, the USGA will move the USWO to before the men’s U.S. Open.
“Conducting the U.S. Women’s Open earlier in the year will allow the USGA to provide optimum playing conditions for the world’s best players across a broader variety of the country’s finest golf courses,” Burton said.
Shoal Creek opened Nov. 1, 1977 after being designed by Jack Nicklaus. It has also hosted the Regions Tradition, one of the five Champions Tour majors, since 2011.