Past Champions
      Course Overview

      Located between historic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and Peconic Bay, National Golf Links of America was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, who is often called the “Father of American Golf Architecture.” Macdonald, winner of the inaugural U.S. Amateur in 1895, had been schooled at St. Andrews in Scotland during the 1870s. He had built Chicago Golf Club, the first 18-hole golf course in the U.S., and was a driving force behind the creation of the United States Golf Association in December of 1894.

      Macdonald had been a member of Shinnecock Hills, but he later left the club following the 1896 U.S. Open that was conducted there. His goal was to design a course that would rival the prominent layouts in Great Britain and Ireland. He looked at potential sites in Cape Cod and Napeague before finally settling on a plot of land on Sebonac Neck near Shinnecock Hills and adjacent to the Great Peconic Bay.

      When the course opened in 1911, it chose the name National Golf Links of America because its 67 founding members were from various parts of the U.S.

      Championship Facts

      PAR AND YARDAGE: National Golf Links of America ( will be set up at 6,995 yards and will play to a par of 36-36–72. (All yardages subject to change)

      TICKETS: Daily tickets and weekly packages are available at various prices. For more information, visit

      ARCHITECT: National Golf Links of America was founded under the leadership of Charles Blair Macdonald. The golf course was constructed with the assistance of Southampton engineer Seth Raynor. Macdonald incorporated the better qualities of golf courses in the British Isles over a 285-acre area located on Peconic Bay in the town of Southampton.

      WALKER CUP MATCH: The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States of America and one team comprised of players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the USA and in Great Britain and Ireland.