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The entrance to the USGA head quarters in Far Hills NJ. (L), (R-L in picture) Rory Spears Editor and Director of Content for The Gog Blog, with USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (M) and Publisher of the Illinois Golfer Tim Cronin (R).
USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and his team including USGA Championship Director Stuart Francis have brought two of the nations finest venues to the rotation of the Walker Cup Matches.
First in 2021 in this Seminole Golf Club will host in the spring May 8-9 the 48th Walker Cup Matches. The 50th playing of the Walker Cup Matches will be contested on September 6-7 at Cypress Point in 2025. Cypress Point previously hosted the Walker Cup in 1981, the only time the club has hosted a USGA Championship.
The Walker Cup is a biennial competition between two teams that includes 10 amateur players from both the USA, and 10 players from Great Britian and Ireland.
“The selections of Seminole Golf Club and Cypress Point Club as Walker Cup venues are emblematic of what George Herbert Walker intended when he helped create the first Match in 1922,” said Francis. “To have two of the United States greatest courses as host sites will not only produce memorable competitions, but reinforces the stature of amateur golf in this country.”
For Seminole Golf Club it will be hosting it’s first USGA championship and it will mark the first time the Walker Cup will be held in Florida. The course was designed by the legendary Donald Ross and opened for play in 1929. The routing of the course that includes two dune ridges near the Atlantic Ocean, while membership has included a who’s-who from across the country, including U.S. Presidents.
“Seminole Golf Club is honored to host the 2021 Walker Cup Match and the best amateur players from both sides of the Atlantic,” said Jimmy Dunne, club president. “The club and it’s membership are proud to showcase Donald Ross’ architectural masterpiece to a worldwide audience.”
Cypress Point was designed by the famed Alister Mackenzie along with Robert Hunter. Like Seminole the course first opened for play in 1929.
The courses routing runs through coastal dunes in the early holes, then into the Del Monte Forest, before returning to a rocky coastline alongside of the Pacific Ocean. For years the course was part of the famed AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
2025 marks the third time the Walker Cup will be held in California, the 2017 Walker Cup Matches will be played September 9-10 at The Los Angeles North Country Club.
“The members of Cypress Point Club are honored to give back to the game of golf and share our wonderful treasure with one of games great amateur competitions,” said Peter K. Barker, club president. “We have proud to host a number of notable match-play events throughout our club’s history. In all, the course and competitors performed superbly. We enthusiastically look forward to the 2025 Walker Cup.”
The Walker Cup Match is contested over two days. The format includes 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches. The USA holds the all-time lead in the series 35-9-1, but each side has been victorious seven times since 1989. With four of those matches being decided by only 1 point.
For more information on the Walker Cup and it’s proud history, please visit USGA.org.