Country Club of Detroit to host U.S. Senior Amateur in 2021

The U.S. Golf Association is bringing the U.S. Senior Amateur to Detroit in 2021. The announcement came as part of changes to future host sites for the event.

The Country Club of Detroit, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, will be the site of the 66th championship in 2021, scheduled for Aug. 28-Sept. 2. The Honors Course, in Ooltewah, Tennessee, will host the 69th U.S. Senior Amateur on Aug. 24-29, 2024.

The Country Club of Detroit, the site of two previous U.S. Amateur Championships, was originally slated to host the 2020 U.S. Senior Amateur, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honors Course, which hosted the 1991 U.S. Amateur and 1994 Curtis Cup Match among its five previous USGA championships, was scheduled to host the 2021 Senior Amateur but is moving to allow for a more complete recovery from damage sustained in a tornado in April.

“The Country Club of Detroit is excited to continue our long tradition of supporting amateur golf by proudly hosting the 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship,” said George J. Baer III, club president. “As the location where Arnold Palmer launched his historic career by winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur, the Country Club of Detroit holds a unique place in golf history, and we look forward to continuing this great tradition.”

The Country Club of Detroit was founded in 1897 and designed by two Brits, golf architects Harry Colt and Charles Hugh Alison. It was restored by Tom Doak in 2011.

In addition to Palmer’s victory in the 1954 U.S. Am, the beginning of a storied career, the U.S. Amateur was also contested there in 1915, when Robert A. Gardner claimed the second of his two championships.

By stepping up to host in 2021, the Country Club of Detroit provides some welcome relief for the Honors Course, designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1983.

“The Honors Course is grateful to the Country Club of Detroit for taking on the 2021 championship while our course attempts to recover from the recent tornado,” said Joe Richardson, chairman of The Honors Course. “Our club’s mission has always been to honor amateur golf and we are pleased to be hosting USGA championships into the next decade.”

The U.S. Senior Amateur has been played since 1955.

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