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Yardage: 6,958/7,004 yards
Par: 35-35—70
Second stroke-play course: Brown Deer Park
Yardage: 6,728 yards
Par: 34-36—70
Defending champion: Trip Kuehne
Opened: 1894
Designer: H.S. Colt and Charles Alison

USGA championships: This will be the third USGA championship conducted at Milwaukee Country Club, following the 1969 Walker Cup Match and the 1988 Senior Amateur won by Clarence Moore. This will be the first Mid-Amateur held in Wisconsin. Brown Deer Park, the second stroke-play course, has previously hosted three U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships (1951, 1966 and 1977).

Club notes: While the club was formed the same year as the USGA, the original course wasn’t finished until 1896. The club then moved to its current site in River Hills in 1911, and 18 years later, the current course designed by Harry Colt and Charles Allison opened for play. Minor revisions were done by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1974. Recently, the club removed a stand of trees and added right fairway bunkers on the picturesque 10th hole, which plays as a par 5 for members but will be a par 4 for the championship.

Championship notes: The par-4 11th hole at Milwaukee Country Club will have two tee locations, allowing the hole to play 366 or 375 yards, depending on where the tee markers are placed. The short ninth hole also will play 325 yards for stroke play and 295 yards once match play begins. And the par-3 17th hole also will have alternate teeing grounds: 224 yards and 181 yards (only for match play).

Executive power: Milwaukee Country Club’s Lynford Lardner served as the USGA president from 1972-73, while another club member, Jim Reinhart, served on the Executive Committee for six years, rising to vice president.

Tough test: The course is demanding and requires accuracy off the tee. That is illustrated by the par-4 ninth hole, which has a narrow landing area off the tee and then features an uphill approach to a green protected by a cavernous bunker short and right of the putting surface. When the tee markers are moved forward for match play, some competitors might opt to take out their drivers and try to drive the green.

Split decision: For the first time in U.S. Mid-Amateur history, a private and public course will be used for the stroke-play portion of the competitions. While Milwaukee Country Club is the primary site – all the matches will take place there – Brown Deer Park, a public course that annually hosts the PGA Tour’s U.S. Bank Championship, will serve as the second stroke-play venue. The two courses are divided by North Range Line Road. A similar situation took place at the 2006 U.S. Amateur held at Hazeltine National Golf Club, where the public Chaska Town Course served as the second stroke play venue.

19th hole: Some have called Milwaukee Country Club’s men’s locker room one of the best 19th holes in the U.S. It is certainly very unique. Constructed in the 1920s, the spacious locker room resembles an elk or hunting lodge with high ceilings and wooden beams. The member lockers are not made of oak or mahogany, but rather are metal with double doors, creating a classic, days-of-yore motif. From the pro shop, members and guests enter through saloon-style double doors.



Championship Facts

U.S. Mid-Amateur

PAR AND YARDAGE – The course at Milwaukee Country Club is set to play at 7,004/6,958 yards and par 35-35—70. Brown Deer Park Golf Course, which will be utilized as the second course for the stroke-play portion of the championship (two rounds), is set up at 6,728 yards with a par of 34-36—70.

ARCHITECTS OF THE COURSES – H.S. Colt and Charles Alison designed the course at Milwaukee Country Club, which opened in 1911. The club was founded in 1894.

George Hansen was the architect of Brown Deer Park Golf Course, which opened in 1929.

WHO CAN PLAY – Amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before Sept. 6, and who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4, are eligible.

ENTRIES – Entries for the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur closed July 16. The USGA accepted 3,839 entries for the 2008 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.

QUALIFYING – Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted from July 28-Aug. 18 at 68 sites.

THE FIELD – The starting field will consist of 264 golfers. Each golfer will play a single round on each of the two golf courses before the field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play at Milwaukee Country Club.


  • Saturday, Sept. 6 – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Sunday, Sept. 7 – Second round, stroke play (18 holes). After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers, who advance to match play.
  • Monday, Sept. 8 – First round, match play (18 holes)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 -Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10 – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Thursday, Sept. 11 – Final, match play (36 holes)
  • ADMISSION – Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.



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