Los Angeles Country Club will host the Walker Cup for the first time when the 2017 match is staged there on 9-10 September 2017.
The visiting Great Britain and Ireland team will be bidding to retain the trophy after a record 16 ½ - 9 ½ triumph at the 45th Walker Cup match at Royal Lytham & St Annes in September 2015. The USA leads the overall series 35-9-1 but it is tied at 7-7 the last 14 competitions.
Los Angeles Country Club will host the Walker Cup for the first time in 2017, marking the third time the Match has been hosted on the west coast of the United States. The 46th Walker Cup will be played on the North Course, which opened in 1921 and was originally designed by W. Herbert Fowler, with George C. Thomas Jr. in charge of construction. Thomas redesigned the North Course in 1927, with William Bell as the builder.
Great Britain and Ireland were in inspired form as they claimed a record 16 ½ - 9 ½ victory over the United States in the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Leading 7-5 going into the final day, GB&I secured the victory with a dominant final day performance that saw them win the final morning foursomes 3-1 to take a four point lead going into the afternoon singles, where they won a further 6 ½ points.
A total of 26 matches will be played during the two-day competition. Two different forms of match play are used in the competition; singles and foursomes (alternate shot). Four foursomes and eight singles matches are played on the first day of the competition. On the second and final day of the competition there are again four foursome matches but there are two additional single matches, so that all team members play in the final session of the competition.
Foursomes is an alternate shot format where two players, who pair up as partners, represent each team and alternately play one ball. One player from each side will play from the teeing ground of the odd number holes and his partner will play the tee shots on the even number holes. During play of the hole, the partners alternate play of their ball into the hole.