Soldier Hollow to host 2024 Boys & Girls Junior Americas Cup in Midway, Utah

The Utah Junior Golf Association (UJGA) and the Junior America’s Cup Executive committee have announced that Soldier Hollow Golf Course (Gold Course) in Midway, Utah will be the host venue for the 2024 Junior America’s Cup. For the first time in the event history, the Girls Junior America’s Cup will be hosted by the same facility over the same days, with the Girls competition being contested on the Silver Course at Soldier Hollow.

The 2024 competition will mark the 52nd competition of the Junior America’s Cup championship and the 4th time it will be held in Utah. The event will take place from July 28 – August 1. The previous time the event was hosted in Utah was 2006 which was at Ogden Country Club in Ogden, Utah. The team from San Diego captured the team title that year. PGA Tour players that participated include Tony Finau and Zach Blair (both on Team Utah).

Soldier Hollow Golf Course offers a championship, 36-hole complex built on the mountainside above Midway. A part of gorgeous Wasatch Mountain State Park, Soldier Hollow was a major venue during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Two 18-hole courses named the Gold and Silver courses offer challenging play and amazing views of the Heber Valley.

The Gold Course layout sits at some of the highest elevations of the complex offering stunning views of the Heber Valley below. The Gold Course is a mountain or foothills course with significant elevation change throughout the course and dramatic elevation changes within each hole. The vegetation on the course mirrors the surrounding native area vegetation, scrub oaks and native mountain valley grasses.

The Silver Course is the tamer of the two layouts. It is an open, parkland style design. The Silver Course has slightly shorter and wider fairways. It is a par 72 that is composed of six par 5’s, six par 4’s and six par 3’s. While flatter in elevation than the Gold, the Silver offers views of Mount Timpanogos that are stunning.

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In 1972, the Junior Golf Association of Northern California hosted the inaugural event, in the Pebble Beach area, at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach . The event included 11 teams at the time, British Columbia, Idaho, Mexico (with two teams), Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Washington and Utah, with each team bringing 5 players.

In 1974, a change was made to the team size, with four team members instead of five. The format has remained the same since. That year, Arizona and Hawaii were invited to participate. British Columbia withdrew from the Matches for a few years.

In 1975, Colorado became a part of the America’s Cup Matches with Montana joining in 1976 and Alberta in 1977. British Columbia also rejoined. The field remained the same until 1989 when Sun Country (New Mexico and part of western Texas) were asked to join. In 1995, Mexico asked to bring one team instead of two. Wyoming was admitted to the group in 2001 which brought the team total to 17 with each golf association rotating hosting this prestigious event.

Andrew Columbro
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