Gifted by nature with one of the most golf-friendly climates in the world, the Bay Area / Monterey Peninsula region has hosted numerous United States Golf Association (USGA) championships over the years—everything from the Junior Championship (for boys under 18) and the Girls’ Junior Championship, to the biggest of them all, the United States Open. This summer the USGA is bringing another championship event to the area, one that has never been here before—the U.S. Women’s Open. CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, south of San José, will host this history-making event July 4 through 10, 2016.
The U.S. Women’s Open is without question the most prestigious women’s golf tournament in the world. One of five tournaments designated as majors by the LPGA, the U.S. Women’s Open is the largest of the five, and carries the largest total purse–$4.5M this year. This will be only the third time that the event has been held in California; previous Women’s Opens in the Golden State were hosted by San Diego Country Club, in 1964, and Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, in 1982.
Though the process of bringing this championship to CordeValle Golf Club was seven years in the making, the resort is no stranger to competitive golf at the highest levels of the game. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr., layout has challenged PGA golf professionals from the United States, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland in the PGA Cup; top-ranked juniors golfers from the USA and China in the USA-China Youth Golf Match; and PGA Tour professionals in the Frys.com Open, which was held at CordeValle from 2010 through 2013. The club has hosted one previous USGA championship, the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur, in 2013–a tipoff to experienced hands that something bigger might be in the works; the USGA often tests a new venue with a “lesser” championship before bringing one of the bigger events to the facility.
CordeValle is an invitation-only private club, so this event represents a unique opportunity for the public to see this beautiful golf course. Laid out over approximately 350 acres in a small upland valley in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, CordeValle offers beautiful vistas of the hillsides overlooking the course, including the vineyards of the Clos LaChance Winery, which borders the property to the northwest. Dotted with native oaks and sycamores, the course will test the skills of the contestants—the best female golfers in the world, professional and amateur alike—with a composite setup that will play to a length of just under 6,800 yards.
For those who have visited CordeValle before, either to play the course or as spectators, some changes will be evident. The USGA and CordeValle’s golf staff decided to re-route the front nine for the championship, starting at what is normally Hole #4 and ending on the resort layout’s Hole #3. In addition, Hole #5 (Resort #8) will feature a new tee box which will allow it to be played as a temptingly drivable 225-yard par-4. This hole, with a water hazard guarding the front of the back-dropped green, is certain to be a favorite with spectators.
The level of amenities that CordeValle will offer for spectators will set the event apart from the expected. Rather than the usual on-course tents for corporate hospitality, the resort’s luxury bungalows, which offer sweeping views of the course from just above Championship Hole #6 (Resort #9), will host corporate clients in air-conditioned comfort.
Another option for enjoying the championship is CordeValle Reserve, an upgraded week-long ticket that gives the holder access to the beautiful Clos La Chance winery, with dedicated parking and shuttle service, and expansive views of the upper stretches of the course from a large lawn and patio area. There are also two-day Thursday/Friday and Saturday/Sunday Reserve tickets available. Reserve ticketholders also have access to an upgraded menu, premium beverages, air conditioned rooms and large-scale LED and HD televisions so you don’t miss any of the action.
Other ticketing options are available, too, including 2-entry flexible tickets that give you control over which days you want to attend the event. These are great for one person to attend for two days, or bring a friend for one day. The 2-entry tickets are also good for families—two adults attend the same day, and kids 17 and under are always admitted free. Free public parking will be offered nearby, with dedicated shuttles running all day.
The U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle will be a family-friendly weeklong event. There’s plenty to see and do apart from the golf, with food and beverages sold on-site, a huge merchandise area, autograph signing by your favorite LPGA stars, giveaways, contests, and more.
Volunteer spots are also still available for the tournament. Volunteering is a rewarding way to see the tournament, and one of the best values—you get a week’s worth of access for four to five 4-hour shifts. Over 2,000 volunteers are required to make a championship run smoothly, and you could be one of them!
Learn more about the event, sign up to volunteer, and purchase tickets at 2016uswomensopen.com, and follow the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open on social media at the following locations:
Online at www.2016uswomensopen.com
Facebook at www.facebook.com/CordeValle2016USWHost
Twitter at www.twitter.com/CordeValle2016