Shoal Creek, the site of this Weeks 2018 Women’s US Open is the first Major USGA Event(Non Amateur, Junior, or qualifiers) to be held in the State of Alabama. When you look at the history of this venue and the US Open in general, it is surprising to imagine this is the first Major USGA Championship.
Shoal Creek has hosted PGA Championships and other USGA events including the Junior Amateur and the US Amateur, along with the Senior Championship Regions Tradition event for 5 years.
From the tips, Shoal Creek boasts a 7400 yard layout, this week the Women will be working against a Challenging 6700+ Yard track with trouble everywhere. Water can be found throughout the course along with large deep bunkers dotting the landscape especially in landing areas and around the greens.
Shoal Creek is a private club built back in 1977 and designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Club was mired in Controversy for years because up until 1990, they did not have any African American Members. They were also on the record of saying they would not be forced to Make changes in how they approve memberships. That was until Louis Willie was invited and given a full membership with all the privileges the same year.
Shoal Creek’s membership is controlled by the club itself in the fact you can only join if they extend you an offer. There is a waiting list and they follow a process in order to bring in new members. They do not deviate or short cut processes.
One of the bigger stories is the fact that the State of Alabama has never hosted a US Open. With the fact that it is in the South and has the luxury of great weather, one would think it would get an event this large from time to time.
As far as Golf Venues in the state, Shoal Creek leads the way in best Courses in Alabama according to Golf Digest. The State also boasts several Robert Trent Jones Courses that are part of the RTJ Golf Trail. They have several courses in the top 200 of the best courses in the Nation according to that same Publication.
This should be a fun week although the weather looks like it will be hit and miss with the tropical storm blowing through. With that said, there are plans in place in case of weather delays and or cancelations.