The R&A has announced the venues that have been chosen to host the AIG Women’s Open for the next five years.
The tournament will be held at Carnoustie in 2021, Muirfield in 2022, Walton Heath in 2023, St Andrews in 2024 and Royal Porthcawl in 2025.
Muirfield, Walton Heath and Royal Porthcawl will be hosting the women’s major championship for the first time, with Muirfield having previously hit the headlines for not allowing women members to join. It has previously hosted the Curtis Cup (’52, ’84) as well as the Vagliano Trophy (’63, ’75).
Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, said: “With our partners at AIG, we have a real ambition to grow and elevate the AIG Women’s Open for the benefit of the world’s leading golfers, and so we are excited to confirm our intention to play the next five championships at these renowned courses.
“It has truly been a collaborative effort from all the venues involved to make this schedule possible and the flexibility that they have shown in adjusting their own calendars has been vital in allowing us to confirm our plans for the championship through to 2025.
“We are grateful for their support, particularly during a time when golf has been impacted by the on-going pandemic, and we look forward to working with these venues to deliver an outstanding experience to be enjoyed by everyone involved in the AIG Women’s Open.”
Peter Zaffino, AIG’s president and chief operating officer, commented: “AIG is pleased to partner with the R&A to increase visibility and engagement in women’s professional golf by enhancing the global stature of the AIG Women’s Open. We proudly welcome the involvement of these venerable courses, which will be fitting hosts for these accomplished golfers as they compete at the highest level.”
The 2021 AIG Women’s Open will take place from 16-22 August at Carnoustie, with tickets now on sale via aigwomensopen.com.