[Jan 10, 2018, 8:49 PM]
For a record fourth time, Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines will host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2022. Considered the ultimate test in women’s golf, the tournament's 77th installation will be held June 2-5 on a course designed by Donald Ross and restored in 2017 by Ross aficionado Kyle Franz. Pine Needles, which hosted its first U.S. Women's Open in 1996, became one of the most celebrated courses in women's golf under the ownership of the late Peggy Kirk Bell, an LPGA Tour charter member, renowned instructor and women’s golf advocate. Following Annika Sorenstam's win at the 1996 Open, Pine Needles went on to host the event in 2001 (Karrie Webb won) and 2007 (with Cristie Kerr as victor). In 2014, the U.S. Women's Open was played at neighboring Pinehurst Resort, which became the first course to host the men's and women's Opens in back-to-back play.