Trump National lands 2017 U.S. Women’s Open

Donald Trump, left, and USGA executive director Mike Davis

Donald Trump, left, and USGA executive director Mike Davis

It’s been a good golf year for Donald Trump, and now things just got better. Golfweek has learned that the U.S. Golf Association has awarded the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

The U.S. Golf Association will make the formal announcement Thursday morning at a news conference at Trump National, 45 miles west of midtown Manhattan. Donald Trump will be in attendance. Three USGA officials – Mike Davis, the executive director, Thomas J. O'Toole Jr., vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee, and Dot Paluck of the association's Women’s Committee – also will be on hand.

The Women's Open will be held on the Old Course at Trump National, a 2004 design by Tom Fazio that is rated No. 72 on the Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list. Trump National, a 36-hole facility, was home to the USGA Girls and Boys Junior Amateurs in 2009, held simultaneously. The 2017 U.S. Women’s Open will be the first professional national championship held on a Trump-owned and -developed golf course.

The announcement comes in a busy year for Trump’s growing collection of golf courses. In June, the much-heralded Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, opens. In March, he completed acquisition of the Doral Resort and Spa in Miami and hired architect Gil Hanse, who will design the Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games, to redesign Doral’s famed Blue Monster Course. Earlier this year, Trump’s organization was awarded the management concession of Ferry Point Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus- and John Sanford-designed municipal facility in Bronx, N.Y., that is under construction and slated to open in 2014.

Future U.S. Women’s Open sites are Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis., in 2012; Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., in 2013; Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2 in 2014; and Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club in 2015. Trump National could have been awarded the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, but club officials did not want to have to compete with the already scheduled PGA Championship at nearby Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., that summer.

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