US Senior Open returning to Salem

The Salem Country Club will host the US Senior Open in 2017 following a 16-year absence.

The Donald Ross-designed course in Peabody, Massachusetts, last hosted the event in 2001 when American Bruce Fleischer won his one and only Champions Tour event following heavy rain most of the weekend.

“We had a great week back then,” said Tim Flaherty, the USGA official in charge of the tournament. “It’s the golf course – one of the very best golf courses in the country. It’s a great old gem; it’s a classic.”

Despite not being able to host the US Open due to the smaller footprint, the course held the US Women’s Open in 1954 and 1984, the 1932 US Women’s Amateur and the 1977 US Men’s Senior Amateur.

The course will only need a few tweaks ahead of event.

“There may be a place where we ask for a tee or something like that,” Flaherty said. “But the thing about Salem is that we don’t really have to do anything. We’ve got a Donald Ross classic we’re thrilled to be going to.”