US Opens 2009 – 2015









Bethpage Black

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Bethpage State Park, located on Long Island, N.Y., span 1,476 acres and includes five 18-hole public golf courses. The most notable of those is Bethpage Black, an extremely difficult challenge for even the most talented of golfers. It was the first publicly owned and operated course to host the U.S. Open when it was the site of the 2002 tournament, and it will host again in 2009.


Pebble Beach Golf Links

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In order to have as many holes as possible along the rocky Pacific coastline, the designers of Pebble Beach Golf Links employed a “figure 8″ layout. The course, which opened in 1919, has hosted the U.S. Open four times, with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Tiger Woods hoisting the trophies in those events. It will host again in 2010.



Congressional Country Club

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When Congressional Country Club hosted the U.S. Open in 1964, Ken Venturi emerged victorious. When it was the site of the 1997 U.S. Open, Ernie Els shot a score of 4-under to take the title. He may have a chance to win again in Maryland, as Congressional will host the 2011 U.S. Open. The Club, which boasts a membership waiting list of around 12 years, has both a Blue and a Gold Course, but it is the Blue Course where the tournament will be played.



Olympic Club

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Recognized by the USGA as one of the first 100 golf clubs established in the United States, the Olympic Club has hosted the U.S. Open in 1955, 1966, 1987 and 1998. The tricky pin positions and fast greens in 1998 led to many complaints from golfers, and as a result the putting green on the 18th hole was flattened around 2000. U.S. Open golfers will get a chance to see if they approve of the changes, as the Olympic Club will host again in 2012.



Merion Golf Club

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Merion Golf Club, the site of the 2013 U.S. Open, has two 18-hole courses: the West Course and the East Course. It is the East Course, the older of the two by two years having opened in 1912, on which the 1934, 1950, 1971 and 1981 U.S. Open were played. It will also be the course on which the 2013 U.S. Open field competes. Merion earned the hosting duties after lengthening its course from around 6400 yards to 6,846 yards.



Pinehurst Resort’s Course No. 2

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Although Pinehurst Resort’s Course No. 2 was completed in 1907, it didn’t host the U.S. Open until 1999. The site of the 2005 U.S. Open as well, Pinehurst will host again in 2014. A National Historic Landmark, Pinehurst currently has eight golf courses and is one of the largest golf resorts in the world.



Chambers Bay Golf Course

Opened in 2007 in University Place, Wash., near Tacoma, Wash., Chambers Bay is a public course on land owned by Pierce County. It was designed as a true Scottish links-style golf course, meaning it features coastal sand dunes and has few water hazards or trees. When Chambers Bay hosts the 2015 U.S. Open, it will be the first time ever the tournament will be held in the Pacific Northwest.


Oakmont Country Club



Erin Hills Country Club (possible)


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