SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, will host the 43rd U.S. Senior Open Championship tournament in 2023, the United States Golf Association announced, awarding the course its third USGA championship overall and first Senior Open.
The tournament will take place June 29 through July 2, 2023. SentryWorld, a public parkland course in central Wisconsin, was developed by Sentry Insurance in 1982 as part of a complex that includes indoor tennis courts, banquet space and restaurants.
At the heart of the 200-acre property lies the championship layout, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and renovated in 2013 by Jones. SentryWorld previously hosted the 1986 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Final and 2019 U.S. Girls Junior Championship.
“In hosting the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in 2019, we set out to earn the right to land other major golf championships and we’re thrilled that we could do just that,” said Mike James, general manager of SentryWorld and vice president of Sentry Services. “The U.S. Senior Open is undoubtedly among the most prestigious golf events in the world. With the help of state and local leaders and business and community partners, SentryWorld will provide a world-class experience and environment for players, officials and fans alike.”
The 2023 U.S. Senior Open will be the 17th USGA championship in Wisconsin. In 2022, Erin Hills, in Erin, and Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, in Wauwatosa, will host the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The 2007 U.S. Senior Open was held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, the course that will host the 2021 Ryder Cup.
“The USGA is pleased to return to SentryWorld and the state of Wisconsin to conduct the most prestigious championship in senior golf,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of championships. “We know that the region and community will enthusiastically support the U.S. Senior Open and that SentryWorld will provide a complete test for an international field competing for the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.”
The U.S. Senior Open was first played in 1980. The championship for golfers age 50 and older is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. This year’s Senior Open will be played at Omaha Country Club in Nebraska. Future hosts include Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2022 and the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2025. The site of the 2024 championship has yet to be determined.