Courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Consistently ranked the nation's top college golf course, The Course at Yale has been selected as one of six courses to host regional playoffs for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship.
The nation's top collegiate golfers will descend on New Haven for the three-day event on May 14-16, 2015. The tournament marks the fifth time (1991, 1995, 2004 and 2010) that Yale has hosted an NCAA regional.
The Division I men's golf championships received the most bids of any championship in any sport with 27 contenders for the 2014 championship finals as well as the six regional sites for both 2014 and 2015.
Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald -- renowned golf course architect, champion golfer and co-founder of the United States Golf Association -- and opened for play in 1926, the Course at Yale is recognized globally as an exemplar of early American course design. The 6,749-yard, par-70 course features large and deeply bunkered greens and narrow fairways that challenge golfers at all levels of play.
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. This September, Golfweek put the Course at Yale atop its annual ranking of "Best Campus Courses" for at least the fourth year running. The course notched up an average rating of 7.50, substantially above second- and third-place courses Taconic GC and Palouse Ridge GC, which scored 6.91 and 6.42, respectively. No other golf course associated with an Ivy League rival found itself in the top 10.
The five other 2015 sites and hosts announced by the NCAA Thursday include the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. (Ball State), UNC's Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. (UNC), the Farms Golf Club in San Diego, Calif. (UC San Diego), the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas (Texas Tech) and the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. (Washington). The 2015 NCAA Championship final takes place at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C. (Lenoir-Rhyne).
Wayne Dean, Yale Senior Associate Athletics Director, and Yale's Director of Golf, Peter Pulaski, serve as co-tournament directors for the 2015 event.