When the USGA goes through its decision-making process on whether or
not a site is capable of hosting the competitive and corporate rigors
of a U.S. Open, it traditionally test drives one of its other
championships at the course first.
And if a site is able to host a U.S. Amateur, it can start wondering: Is the U.S. Open next?
Much of the time, yes.
But not all of the time.
Pebble Beach (Calif.) hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1999; the U.S. Open in 2000.
Oakmont (Pa.) hosted the U.S. Am in 2003; the U.S. Open in 2007.
Winged Foot (N.Y) hosted the U.S. Am in 2004 (Puyallup’s Ryan Moore won in this year); the U.S. Open in 2006.
Merion (Pa.) hosted the U.S. Am in 2005; will host the U.S. Open in 2013.
Olympic (Calif.) hosted the U.S. Am in 2007; will host the U.S. Open in 2012.
Pinehurst (N.C.) will host the U.S. Am this summer; will host the U.S. Open in 2014.
Chambers Bay (Wash.) will host the U.S. Am in 2010; will host the U.S. Open in 2015.
THE ‘MAYBE’ LIST
Courses such as Oak Hill, N.J. (hosted U.S. Am in 1998, and has hosted
U.S. Open thee times), Baltusrol, N.J. (hosted 2000 U.S. Am) and
Hazeltine, Minn. (hosted 2006 U.S. Am) have hosted USGA events for a
long time, but have also made future agreements with the competing PGA
of America for its prestigous championships. It is uncertain when these
historic courses will get back into the rotation for another U.S. Open,
THE ‘STILL-WAITING’ LIST
Courses such as East Lake Golf Club, Ga. (2001), Pumpkin Ridge, Ore.
(1996), Newport CC, R.I. (1995), TPC at Sawgrass, Fla. (1994) and
Muirfield Village, Ohio (1992) have hosted a U.S. Amateur, but never a
U.S. Open. It’s hard to determine if they ever will.