Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento gears up for 2015 U.S. Senior Open
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A dramatic renovation and a strong relationship with the United States Golf Association has put Del Paso Country Club at the forefront of the Champions Tour calendar this summer.
The 2015 U.S. Senior Open will visit California's capital city June 22-28. The event -- only the second U.S. Senior Open in state history -- will allow the private club to celebrate its 100th anniversary in style a year early.
Del Paso was founded in 1916. Del Paso's USGA ties date to the 1957 U.S. Women's Amateur and have remained steady over the years by hosting the 1960 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, the 1976 U.S. Women's Amateur and the 1982 U.S. Women's Open.
In 2006, the club modernized its 6,300-yard layout, bringing in California architect Kyle Phillips, who rerouted almost the entire course. The changes were dramatic, removing hundreds of trees, laying down wall-to-wall rye grass and stretching the par-71 layout to 7,121 yards.
It will play as a 6,994-yard par 70 for the seniors 50 and older. Fred Couples, Paul Goydos, native son Kevin Sutherland, defending champion Colin Montgomerie and others will be challenged by thick rough and firm-and-fast conditions. The 15th hole could play up to 636 yards, the longest par 5 in tournament history. The 18th hole will certainly have a hand in determining who wins. The green sits well above the fairway, guarded by a wall of thick grass and a stream below.
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