Huntsville will welcome some of the country’s best collegiate golfers in 2026 when the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional tournament comes to the Robert Trent Jones Course at Hampton Cove.
The NCAA made the announcement this week, much to the delight of city officials in Huntsville. This is the first time the facility will host an NCAA postseason championship, and the tournament is expected to have a significant economic impact to Huntsville.
5 things to know about the 2026 NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals
Not only will golf fans in the area be able to watch some top-notch collegiate golf when the tournament is here, but the tournament itself is a huge step for Huntsville and its sporting event hosting capabilities.
Here are a few quick facts about the tournament:
- The tournament will take place May 11-13, 2026.
- The bid submitted by the team in Huntsville is assisted by two NCAA host institutions – the University of North Alabama and Jacksonville State University.
- The 54-hole competition takes place to send the top four teams and top two individuals on to the national championship.
- The women’s golf championship is projected to bring in nearly 1,000 room nights with an estimated economic impact of more than $790,000.
- The NCAA regionals extends Huntsville run of hosting major Division I championship events that started with the NCAA cross country East Regional in 2021.
What officials are saying about the NCAA announcement
Naturally, when the NCAA made the announcement this week about the golf tournament coming to Hampton Cove, local officials had plenty to say regarding the tournament’s impact on the Huntsville business and golf community.
“We are excited to bring the top women’s golfers in the NCAA to our facility and create a championship experience for all of the participants and fans coming for the event,” said Steve Mack, general manager at Hampton Cove. “The Highlands Course will provide a great test for the teams and those that advance will truly have earned their spot in the national championship.”
“It is an honor for us to host the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals and we look forward to providing a first-class championship experience in Huntsville. NCAA events have proven to be an economic impact driver for our community in addition to providing great sports entertainment.”Mark Russell, executive director of the Huntsville Sports Commission
Huntsville / Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Judy Ryals said the announcement by the NCAA brings some much-deserved positive attention to the golf course at Hampton Cove and to the city itself.
“We are proud to have the NCAA women’s golf regionals coming to Huntsville and showcasing the beautiful facility at Hampton Cove,” Ryals said. “The word is getting out about Huntsville being a great destination to not only live and work, but also to play.”
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