Unlike The Masters, which is always held at Augusta National, the U.S. Open rotates venues each year to allow the USGA to showcase its various courses. Nonetheless, given that the tournament has been running for over a century, it is only natural that certain courses have become permanent fixtures on the U.S. Open schedule – and will continue to be in the future.
The US Open golf tournament is played on a different golf course each year, but some courses are on rotation year after year: they are places the USGA visits frequently. That means there are a number of golf courses where the US Open has been played several times.
We take a closer look at the ten courses that have hosted the US Open the most frequently below.
Oakmont Country Club: 9 times hosting
Oakmont Country Club, founded in 1903 by H.C. Fownes has hosted more US Open Championships than any other club. With the exception of World War II, Oakmont has welcomed the world’s best golfers in pursuit of America’s most important major championships in every decade since the golden age of Bobby Jones.
Oakmont is said to be the ‘Gold Standard for Championship golf’.
Oakmont’s ninth U.S. Open, held in 2016, is supported by three PGA Championships, two U.S. Women’s Opens, and five U.S. Amateur Championships, more than any other American club.
Baltusrol Golf Club: 7 times hosting
Baltusrol has a long and rich golf history, and has played an important role on the national golf stage for the past 125 years.
Louis Keller founded the grounds in 1895, and it was initially used by Keller and his friends as a country refuge for weekend escapes. Keller had the ideal property for a golf course when golf first became popular in America in the 1890s. His ambition was to create the best golf club in America for America’s best city, a goal that has guided Baltusrol for the past century and a quarter.
The last time a US Open was played here in 1993, a record 88 players made the cut. The long baller John Daly made history by reaching the green on the 630 yard par 5 seventeenth.
Oakland Hills Country Club: 6 times hosting
Oakland Hills Country Club, which was founded in 1916, has played and will continue to play an important role in the history of golf in the United States. The club’s inaugural head professional was five-time PGA Champion Walter Hagen. On the legendary South Course, often known as “The Monster,” some of the best players in golf history have competed and won, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Ben Hogan.
Though in their era, one could have a cigarette while playing, things aren’t the same now. You can still manage to avail a similar experience by trying Budpop’s Delta-8 edibles.
The South Course has played host to 17 Major Championships with 6 U.S. Opens, 2 U.S. Men’s Amateurs, the 35th Ryder Cup in 2004; and 3 PGA Championships to name a few.
Pebble Beach Golf Links: 6 times hosting
Home to by far the most unassailable record in golfing history, Pebble beach Golf Links is the quintessential US Open golf course. In 2000, at the 100th anniversary of the tournament, Tiger Woods annihilated his opposition and ruled the course, leading to a record 15 stroke victory!
Bobby Jones’ star power introduced the golfing world to Pebble Beach just ten years after it opened, at the 1929 U.S. Amateur. Since then, Pebble Beach has become an iconic championship venue. The 2019 US Open was Pebble Beach’s 13th USGA Championship and sixth US Open. Pebble Beach is the only course that has hosted USGA championships in consecutive years more than once.