According to the USGA, the 2023 U.S. Senior Open will be the 17th USGA championship held in Wisconsin.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., SentryWorld's 200-acre golf course is famous for its "Flower Hole" - with 33,000 petunias, snapdragons, marigolds, geraniums and other annuals surrounding the green for the par 3 16th hole and are treated as lateral hazards.
In 2013, the course underwent a major renovation led by architects Bruce Charlton and Jay Blasi."Golf is part of our DNA," said Pete McPartland, chairman of the board, president and CEO for Stevens Point-based Sentry Insurance. "The camaraderie of play helps create the perfect environment for developing and building great relationships with our customers, business partners and the community. It’s why we built SentryWorld." SentryWorld includes a 51,000-square-foot field house, with indoor tennis and volleyball courts, golf practice facility and meeting space. The property also includes restaurants PJ’s – SentryWorld and Muse at Sentry as well as additional space for weddings and large events. A new 60-room boutique hotel, The Inn at SentryWorld, will open this summer near the course's 18th fairway. The property is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to reopen toward the end of the first quarter of this year.
During a virtual press conference Wednesday, Mike James said the new hotel will "play a big role" in fulfilling the accommodation needs for the 2023 event. During the tournament, The Inn will house corporate hospitality partners and, potentially, some of the participants as well as USGA personnel.
"The USGA is pleased to return to SentryWorld and the state of Wisconsin to conduct the most prestigious championship in senior golf," said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, championships. "We know that the region and community will enthusiastically support the U.S. Senior Open and that SentryWorld will provide a complete test for an international field competing for the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy."[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" size="full" ids="520507,520508,520509,520510,520511,520512"]