The Orchards At A Glance
Orchards Golf Club, South Hadley, Mass.
Yardage: 6,473 yards
Par: 36-35 - 71
Defending champion: Hilary Lunke
Designer: Donald Ross
USGA Championships: This will be the club's second USGA championship. It hosted the 1987 U.S. Girls' Junior, won by Michelle McGann. This will be the fourth Women's Open contested in the state of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts State Amateur was held here in 2001 and the club hosted the 2002 NCAA Women's Division III Championship.
Private Sanctuary: When his daughter, Elisabeth, developed a penchant for golf, Joseph Skinner, who made his fortune in the silk business, decided to construct a golf course on 200 acres adjacent to his South Hadley, Mass., estate. He enlisted Donald Ross to design the venue and Elisabeth eventually became one of New England's best female amateurs. Skinner sold the course to all-female Mount Holyoke College in 1941.
Return Visit: Should she qualify, McGann, would be one of the handful of 1987 Girls' Junior participants to compete in the 2004 Women's Open at the Orchards. LPGA Tour regulars Brandie Burton and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman also qualified for match play in '87, the latter losing to McGann in the semis.