The U.S. Women’s Open is Returning to Lancaster!

May 28-June 2 at Lancaster Country Club

Golf fans, the ladies are making a return trip to Lancaster and the timing couldn’t be more apropos: the Lancaster Country Club (LCC), the site of this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, is kicking off its 125th anniversary (founded April 6, 1900) and unveiling the completion of its ambitious “A Defining Moment” project that resulted in a comprehensive upgrade of the club’s facilities and amenities.

In Gee Chun waves to the crowd at the trophy ceremony during the final round of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Penn. on Sunday, July 12, 2015. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

The tournament was held in Lancaster for the first time in 2015 and set an attendance record thanks to the 134,016 golf fans who followed the action at Lancaster Country Club. That record stood until last year, when Pebble Beach hosted the tournament for the first time (and set television viewership records, as well). With the tournament’s return to LCC, Lancaster, of course, is aiming to reclaim and set some records of its own.

Thanks to the hospitality shown on the part of the club and the community during the 2015 event (1,500 volunteers will again be assisting during the tournament), LCC gained an honorary member in the tournament’s winner, In Gee Chun. As a result, Chun partnered with the club to create the In Gee Chun LCC Educational Foundation, which awards scholarships to local students who work or have a parent who works at the club. Chun also promotes the value of education in her native South Korea. No doubt Chun views 2015 as a lucky number, as she won two other majors that year and followed up her successes by representing South Korea at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Another fan favorite, Michele Wie West (now retired), also has ties to Lancaster. Now a jewelry designer, she created the famous Taylor Swift/Travis Kelce friendship bracelet with Wove, a city jeweler. Another collaborative effort with Wove resulted in a bracelet that benefits the recovery efforts on fire-ravaged island of Maui.

In Gee Chun holds the trophy after winning during the final round of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Penn. on Sunday, July 12, 2015. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

The U.S. Women’s Open is the premier championship in women’s golf. First played in 1946, the tournament has been conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) since 1953. It is the second major of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) season and has the highest purse in women’s golf, which is now a record-setting $12 million thanks to its partnership with Ally Financial. In addition to Chun and West, notable past champions include Minjee Lee, Inbee Park, Annika Sörenstam, Patty Sheehan and Betsy King. Last year’s winner was Hawaii’s Allisen Corpuz.

As for tickets, daily Gallery access ranges in price from $25 to $395+ and includes comp parking and shuttle service, grounds and concessions access and grandstand seating at various holes. (The higher-priced tickets provide upgraded amenities.) Packages that provide tickets for the entire event begin at $150. There is also a Flex Pass that provides access during five days of your choosing. Finally, there is the Penn Club package ($2,000) that provides total access as well as upgraded amenities.


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