One of the original five founding member clubs of the USGA, the golf course dates back to 1894, with William Davis as its architect. The course was remodeled in 1924 by A.W. Tillinghast. It was the site of the 1895 U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur, won by Horace Rawlins, and Charles Macdonald respectively, and the 1995 U.S. Amateur, won by Tiger Woods. Since this last USGA championship, architect Ron Forse has completed some restoration work on the golf course.
'This is a great recognition for the golf course, and a great thing for the Club members and the state of Rhode Island,' said Barclay Douglas Jr., president of Newport Country Club. 'We are excited and looking forward to hosting the best women players in the world.'
Top-ranked professionals Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Juli Inkster have won six of the past eight Women's Opens, with each winning twice. Inkster is the defending champion for 2003.
Prior to 2006, the Women's Open will be played at Pumpkin Ridge (Ore.) Golf Club from July 3-6, 2003; at The Orchard (Mass.) Golf Club from July 1-4, 2004, and at Cherry Hills (Colo.) Country Club from June 23-26, 2005.