Oakmont Country Club, which has already been identified by its U.S. Open legacy, was named in an announcement Wednesday as the second “anchor” course for the U.S. Open, which includes bringing nine men and women to Pennsylvania.
Four of them will be at Merion, which has been selected to host the 2030 US Open. This is the 100th anniversary of Bobby Jones who completed the Grand Slam. The last piece of what was called the ‘impregnable quadrangle’ in 1930 was the American amateur in Merion.
The USGA announces the future sites during the US Amateur in Oakmont, the course outside of Pittsburgh with a reputation as one of the toughest in America. It has already set a record of nine US Opens, most recently in 2016 when Dustin Johnson won his first major.
The USGA is moving toward a rotation of golf courses that will receive a U.S. Open every five or six years, similar to the British Open that turns to links, but different because it could use other courses that are not in rotation.
Pinehurst no. 2 was selected as the first anchorage last year when the USGA decided to move its test center and museum to the sand hills of North Carolina.
Pebble Beach, Shinnecock Hills and Winged Foot are also in the discussion to be anchorages.
Oakmont was a clear choice. It will host its tenth US Open in 2025. It will also have the U.S. Open in 2034, 2042 and 2049, as well as hosting the U.S. Open for Women in 2028 and 2038. Oakmont previously held two U.S. Open, most recently in 2010 when Paula Creamer won her sole major.
Although Merion was historic, it probably did not have enough property to house the infrastructure of a US Open. The USGA pulled it off in 2013 when Justin got up won his lone major.
It now gets two more US Opens, the other in 2050. It is the 100th anniversary of Ben Hogan who won the US Open just over a short time after a car accident. Merion is the site of the iconic photo of Hogan hitting 1-iron in the 18th green during regulation.
Merion will also host the US Women’s Open for the first time in 2034 and 2046.
Both clubs also hosted some of the USGA’s elite amateur events – Oakmont wins the Walker Cup (2033) and US Women’s Amateur (2046), while Merion wins the Curtis Cup with the US Amateur in 2026 next year.
The American amateur is this week the 88th USGA Championship in Pennsylvania, the most of any state. Pennsylvania courses hosted the U.S. Open 17 times, second to New York (20).