Palmer: Lancaster ready for '15 U.S. Women's Open

Arnold Palmer speaks to a crowd in downtown Lancaster, Pa., host of the 2015 U.S. Women's Open.
Arnold Palmer speaks to a crowd in downtown Lancaster, Pa., host of the 2015 U.S. Women's Open. ( Courtesy photo )

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Marking a year to the day of next year's U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster (Pa.) CC, Arnold Palmer took part in the town's Lancaster First Swing event Saturday.

"Well it's beautiful; the golf course looks absolutely pristine, it's very pretty," Palmer said during an interview at the club. "Looks like it's in great shape and ready to go."

The Women's Open will provide an opportunity to showcase golf in Palmer's original home state, as he alluded to.

"The golf courses are really a great collection of very fine golf courses, and you can't beat that," he said. "When you have good golf courses, good weather and the character of the state of Pennsylvania, it works out really well."

As for Lancaster on the heels of a tough test this year at Pinehurst? "A golf course like Lancaster Country Club will be one that will give them all they want for a challenge," he said. "And certainly, they'll play well."

In a ceremony downtown attended by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, tournament chairman Jerry Hostetter and other dignitaries, Palmer helped present a ceremonial first ticket to the Women's Open to fan Rebecca Hodson. He also told a good-sized, appreciative crowd that the renovated course can be a source of pride for Lancaster, about an hour west of Philadelphia and well east of Palmer's hometown of Latrobe.

"When it's over, don't say I didn't tell you you're going to be bragging about the fact that you had the (U.S. Women's Open) here."