Sixth Time Famous Course Has Welcomed Top Collegiate Golfers
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Course At Yale, which has been voted the No. 1 college course in the United States, has been selected as one of six regional sites for the 2022 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. The three-day event will be held on May 15-18, 2022. Yale is hosting a regional for the sixth (1991, 1995, 2004, 2010, 2015) time.
"We are thrilled the NCAA regional is returning to the Course At Yale," said Yale Athletics Director Tom Beckett. "Yale is tremendously proud to have such a beautiful and challenging course. We look forward to hosting many of the nation's top collegiate players and teams."
The 6,749-yard, par-70 layout at the Course At Yale is recognized as one of the finest examples of early American course design. Large deeply bunkered greens and narrow rolling fairways are the core of Yale's penalizing character. Two of the holes – the 432-yard par-4 fourth and the 238-yard par 3 ninth – have been ranked among the world's 100 most difficult holes. The course, which opened for play in 1926, was designed under the supervision of Charles Blair Macdonald, the renowned golf course architect, champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA.
Deputy Director of Athletics Wayne Dean and Director of Golf Peter Pulaski will serve as tournament co-directors for the fourth (2004, 2010, 2015) time.
"We are thrilled anytime we have the opportunity to host an NCAA Championship," Dean said. "We are proud to be a part of the 2022 men's golf championships and feel that we are in very good company with the other national sites."
"The staff at the Course At Yale is excited to be hosting such a prestigious college event," added Pulaski. "We are eager to watch the best college golfers in the country tackle our legendary layout."
Several of the collegiate players who participated in past NCAA regionals at Yale went on to play on the PGA Tour, including David Duval (Georgia Tech, 1991), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004) and Camilo Villegas (Florida, 2004). The last time the famed course hosted a regional in 2015, Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge broke the course record by shooting a 62 on the second day.
The five other 2022 sites and hosts include the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas (Texas A&M), the PGA National Resort – Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., (Florida Atlantic and Palm Beach County Sports Commission), The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, Calif., (Pacific and Visit Stockton), the Ol Colony Golf Complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama) and the OSU Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State).
The Yale men's team has participated in numerous NCAA Regionals over the years and will have extra incentive to qualify in 2022.
"I will certainly use this as a motivational tool," said Yale head coach Colin Sheehan. "It would be a tremendous opportunity for our players to get a chance to play in the NCAA Regional on our home course."