The United States Golf Association announced yesterday that the U.S. Senior Open Championship will return to historic Salem Country Club in 2017.
Salem Country Club hosted the Senior Open in 2001 with overwhelming success, and discussions have been ongoing for years about bringing the tournament back to the challenging Donald Ross design.
The tournament will be held June 29 to July 2, 2017.
“We invited the USGA to take another look at our course and consider us, probably, three, four or five years ago,” said Salem Country Club member Bill Sheehan, who will serve as the 2017 general chairman for the Senior Open. “We spoke with Tim Flaherty, a fellow at USGA in charge of the Senior Open as well as the Women’s Open, and then we wanted to make sure the membership at the club was happy with it. They were, and then we were able to move forward to put together a contract.”
The 2017 Senior Open will be the sixth USGA Championship that Salem Country Club has hosted, beginning with the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 1932.
Salem also hosted the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open Championship that was famously won by Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who had just recovered from surgery for colon cancer. Zaharias was 43 at the time of her victory, a record that still stands for oldest winner in the Women’s Open.
The 1977 U.S. Senior Amateur and the 1984 U.S. Women’s Open were also held at Salem Country Club.
“The USGA is delighted to return to Salem Country Club and the New England region,” Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman, said in a USGA press release. “Salem Country Club was a demanding and competitive test for the best senior players in 2001. We expect an enthusiastic setting for conducting a successful 2017 U.S. Senior Open.”