Public US Open Golf Courses
Over the last 20 years, the US Open has been held at public courses nine times: Pebble Beach (3), Pinehurst (2), Bethpage (2), Torrey Pines, Chambers Bay and Erin Hills. Going forward, the US Open will appear at Torrey Pines (2021), Pinehurst (2024) and Pebble Beach (2027). Pinehurst will appear on the rota much more frequently after that, since the USGA has inked a deal with the resort.
That’s approaching 50% public versus private venues, which is a better effort than in the past for the USGA. Before 2000 — going back to 1895 — only one public course held a US Open: Pebble Beach (6 times; the first in 1972). Considering that the vast majority of golfers in the US play at public courses putting more public courses in play for our national championship makes sense.
Here’s the list of public courses where the US Open has been played:
- Bethpage Black
- Chambers Bay
- Erin Hills
- Pebble Beach
- Pinehurst #2
- Torrey Pines
There’s also the oddity of the Country Club of Buffalo, a private club which hosted the US Open in 1912. Today, that country club is a muni: The Grover Cleveland Golf Course.
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:
|2021||Public Municipal||Torrey Pines||San Diego, California|
|2022||Private||The Country Club||Brookline, Massachusettts|
|2023||Private||Los Angeles Country Club||Los Angeles, California|
|2024||Public Resort||Pinehurst Resort #2||Pinehurst, North Carolina|
|2025||Private||Oakmont Country Club||Oakmont, Pennsylvania|
|2026||Private||Shinnecock Hills Golf Club||Shinnecock Hills, New York|
|2027||Public Resort||Pebble Beach Golf Links||Pebble Beach, California|
There also are a number of Womens’ US Open courses that are publicly accessible:
- 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.