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L.A.’s Bel-Air lands 3 USGA championships

Storied 1926 George Thomas/William Bell design will host 2023 Women’s Amateur, 2026 Curtis Cup and 2030 Mid-Amateur

Selected: Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, as host for three U.S. Golf Association championships in the next decade, the USGA announced Wednesday. Bel-Air will be the site of the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the 2026 Curtis Cup matches and the 2030 U.S. Mid-Amateur. The course, a 1926 George Thomas/William Bell design, was renovated in 2018 by Tom Doak, who restored the course to its original look. A review by Golf Digest described Bel-Air as “a charming throwback design that winds through mansion-dotted canyons of Los Angeles, the topography so steep that golfers are guided from hole to hole via a tunnel, an elevator and the city’s most famous suspension bridge, which spans a gulch on the par-3 10th and serves as a dramatic backdrop for the 18th green.” Bel-Air served as host of the 1976 U.S. Amateur, won by Bill Sander, and the 2004 U.S. Senior Amateur, won by Mark Bernowski. The club was the stroke-play co-host with nearby Riviera to the 2017 U.S. Amateur, won by Doc Redman.

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