US Women’s Open Starts at CordeValle

The US Women’s Open begins today at CordeValle, a Robert Trent Jones II design in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is the first Women’s Open to be held in the Bay Area of California.

Ben Kimball, the Director of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, has tried to maintain the balance of challenge typical of a USGA Championship, with the challenges presented by a dry California course. The greens should be running 12-12.5 on the Stimpmeter, and the rough heights have been varied across the course. “They can miss it two feet over the green on one hole and be in five inches in the rough and miss it two feet over the green on the next hole and only be in two inch rough,” said Kimball in an interview with “As a player, mentally it would be difficult to figure out. But that’s part of all this. It’s a mental test as much as it is a physical test.”

Coverage begins today at 3PM EST on Fox Sports 1.