Call it an encore: the USGA has announced their second U.S. Open Anchor site, and it is being met with the same widespread acclaim as when they announced the inaugural site at Pinehurst. Fabled, venerable Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh has been given the honor, and will host the 2025, 2034, 2042, and 2049 U.S. Opens, with an eye toward eventually hosting the Open every five or six years.
We suggested Oakmont as an anchor site here. From the article:
“Oakmont has hosted nine U.S. Opens since 1927, pretty much one each decade, with a 10th scheduled for 2025. While Pittsburgh doesn’t have an ocean view or mountain vistas, it is one of the best sports cities in America. It’s also easily accessible from the east, midwest, and south. Oakmont is another course that, like Winged Foot or Oakland Hills, could host the Open upon the shortest of notice. At Oakmont, they might even have to shorten the rough and slow the greensâ€¦that’s how zany the membership gets about protecting their reputation as the hardest U.S. Open venue ever.”
Oakmont will also host several more scheduled USGA Championships, including tthe U.S. Amateur, and U.S. Women’s Open. In the same announcement, the USGA notedÂ that Merion Golf Club’s East Course will host the 2030 and 2050 U.S. Opens, celebrating the 100tyh anniversary of, respectively, Bobby Jones’s Grand Slam and Ben Hogan’s return to U.S. Open glory after his near fatal car accident.
“Oakmont and Merion are iconic in every sense of the word – they’re in rare company in golf and continue to test the best in the game,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “We’re making history and kicking off a new era for our national championships in Pennsylvania, and we couldn’t be more excited for what lies ahead.”