Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club
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Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club

Newport Beach, Calif. • qualifying: Jun 03, 2019

Big Canyon Country Club will be hosting U.S. Open sectional qualifying along with neighboring Newport Beach Country Club on June 3. (USGA/Kirk H. Owens)

For the fourth time, Big Canyon Country Club and Newport Beach Country Club, both of which are located in Newport Beach, Calif., are serving as host sites for 36-hole sectional qualifying.

Big Canyon, which opened for play in 1971, was originally designed by Robert Muir Graves. In 1998, the course was closed for a year so that architect John Harbottle III could do a full renovation project, which included replacing all 18 greens and new bunkering throughout the layout. Big Canyon has been the host site of two USGA championships: the 2000 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur won by Ellen Port and the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur won by Pat Tallent. It also was the site of Tiger Woods' 1996 Pacific-10 Conference triumph. Woods was an honorary member of the club as a junior. The club also produced 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad, who is seeking to qualify for his third consecutive U.S. Open. Hagestad qualified at Big Canyon/Newport Beach in 2017 and advanced to last year's U.S. Open out of the Canoe Brook C.C. sectional in Summit, N.J.

Nearby Newport Beach Country Club was the host site for the PGA Tour Champions' Toshiba Classic, where past winners included Fred Couples, Nick Price, Bernhard Langer, Loren Roberts, Eduardo Romero, Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf. Originally designed in 1952 by distinguished golf architect William "Billy" Bell, the layout has since received extensive renovations by Harry Rainville (1973) and Ted Robinson (1985, 1998 and 1999).