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Publicly Accessible US Open Golf Courses

Publicly Accessible US Open Golf Courses
Erin Hills, Wisconsin

 

After flirting with three publicly accessible courses in the last four years, the US Open returns this week to a private enclave. Pebble Beach is on the slate for 2019, and Torrey Pines in 2021. Pinehurst is back on the board in 2024. Here’s a list of public courses where the US Open has been played:

  • Bethpage Black
  • Chambers Bay
  • Erin Hills
  • Pebble Beach
  • Pinehurst #2
  • Torrey Pines

In my mind, however, the fact that playing Pebble Beach, Pinehurst and Erin Hills will cost $300+ makes them somewhat less than “publicly accessible.” Further, if you are not a guest, paying the exorbitant rates at Pinehurst and Pebble Beach, getting a tee time can be problematic. Chambers Bay and Torrey Pines will set you back in the neighborhood of $200 unless you are a resident.  Bethpage is somewhat more reasonable for non-residents at $150.

I have had the good fortune to play a number of US Open Courses: Torrey Pines, Erin Hills, Oakland Hills, The Colonial and Medinah #3.

Future US Open Venues:

YearPublic/PrivateVenueLocation
2026PrivateShinnecock Hills Golf ClubShinnecock Hills, New York
2025PrivateOakmont Country ClubOakmont, Pennsylvania
2024PublicPinehurst Resort, Course No. 2Pinehurst, North Carolina
2023PrivateLos Angeles Country ClubLos Angeles, California
2022PrivateThe Country ClubBrookline, Massachusetts
2021PublicTorrey Pines Golf CourseLa Jolla, California
2020PrivateWinged Foot Golf ClubMamaroneck, New York
2019PublicPebble Beach Golf LinksPebble Beach, California
A view of the eighteenth green and clubhouse at Kohler’s Blackwolf Run River Course

There also are a number of Womens’ US Open courses that are publicly accessible:

  • CordeValle
  • Pinehurst No. 2
  • Blackwolf Run
  • Broadmoor Golf Club
  • Pine Needles Lodge and Club
  • Old Waverly Golf Club
  • The Homestead
  • Dunes Golf & Beach Club
  • Atlantic City Country Club

I have been lucky enough to have played Blackwolf Run, in Kohler.

There also are a number of PGA Tour stops that you could play if you set your sights a bit lower, among them Doral, Harbour Town Links, Disney’s Magnolia and Palm Courses, Brown Deer Park, and the TPC Courses. You can easily book the Disney Courses through their corporate site the next time you head to Florida.

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