Lancaster to host second U.S. Women’s Open

Mike Butz, senior managing director for open championships and association relations for the United States Golf Association, announces the 79th annual U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club on Nov. 27. - (Photo / Ioannis Pashakis)

Lancaster Country Club will host its second U.S. Women’s Open in 2024, after the open broke record numbers for attendance in 2015 on the same site.

The United States Golf Association said Tuesday that it has selected Lancaster Country Club as the site for the 79th annual U.S. Women’s Open, scheduled to be held from May 27 to June 2, 2024. 

Lancaster Country Club hosted the 70th U.S. Women’s Open in 2015 and amassed the largest crowd that the event has seen, with over 134,000 fans attending.

Mike Davis, CEO of USGA, said the association was pleased to return to the Lancaster course.

“The community support was truly amazing,” Davis said in a live message from the association’s headquarters in Liberty Corner, New Jersey. “The players love it. It’s really a property that has been an unknown secret in the world of golf.”

The 2015 open surprised the country club at every turn during the week it ran, according to the club’s president, Ted Bloom. Bloom said that in 2024, the club plans to build on everything from attendance to sponsorship.

“I think we surprised the corporate community with just how great of an event this could be,” Bloom said. “One of our goals for 2024 will be to get that word out to a larger web to not only local and regional corporations but to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.” 

USGA officials said they picked the course for its elevation changes, which pose difficulty to golfers, and a layout that allows spectators to see up to four holes in one location. 

“The golf course is one of the best in the United States, and the community’s support for golf is record-setting,” Davis said in a statement.

Mike Butz, senior managing director for open championships and association relations, estimated that the 2024 open will bring in between $25 million and $30 million to Lancaster County, which matches estimates from the 2015 event.

Ioannis Pashakis
Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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