Keystone courses: Oakmont, Merion land more U.S. Opens
Guy Cipriano

Keystone courses: Oakmont, Merion land more U.S. Opens

The Pennsylvania pair will host a variety of U.S. Opens, U.S Women’s Opens, U.S. Women’s Amateurs and Walker Cups through at least 2050.

The USGA has awarded five more U.S. Open Championships and four U.S. Women’s Open Championships to two of the country’s more storied golf courses, Oakmont Country Club and Merion Golf Club.

The USGA also committed to bring its national championships to the Keystone State with greater frequency, beyond the now 18 championships scheduled to be played in the commonwealth through 2050.  

This week’s U.S. Amateur at Oakmont marks the 88th USGA championship conducted in Pennsylvania, the most of any state and the latest in a relationship between the state and the USGA that began with the 1899 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club and continued with the 1904 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Merion and the 1919 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont.

“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.”

Oakmont Country Club, which was previously announced as the host site for the 2025 U.S. Open, will host the 2028 and 2038 U.S. Women’s Opens, the 2034, 2042 and 2049 U.S. Opens, the 2033 Walker Cup Match and the 2046 U.S. Women’s Amateur. It will become the second U.S. Open anchor site named by the USGA, in an effort to return to iconic venues with deep and meaningful USGA championship history every five to six years. Pinehurst Resort & Country Club was designated an anchor site last year.

Including this week’s U.S. Amateur, Oakmont has hosted 17 USGA championships, with a winners list that includes Dustin Johnson (2016 U.S. Open), Paula Creamer (2010 U.S. Women’s Open), Ernie Els (1994 U.S. Open), Patty Sheehan (1992 U.S. Women’s Open), Johnny Miller (1973 U.S. Open), Jack Nicklaus (1962 U.S. Open), Ben Hogan (1953 U.S. Open) and Bob Jones (1925 U.S. Amateur).

“Our members and all of Pittsburgh are so excited to host the USGA and the best players in the game at Oakmont, which we believe is one of the most exacting tests of golf anywhere in the world,” Oakmont Country Club president Ed Stack said. “It is the perfect venue to identify the best golfers around the globe, in concert with the USGA’s mission for championship golf.”

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, which was previously named the host site for the 2022 Curtis Cup Match and the 2026 U.S. Amateur, will host four additional Opens — the 2030 and 2050 U.S. Open and the 2034 and 2046 U.S. Women’s Open, with additional championships to be named in the future.

Merion, a key long-term strategic partner of the USGA, has hosted 18 USGA championships — the most of any site — and is synonymous with legendary championship moments. Jones won two of his five U.S. Amateur titles at Merion (1924, 1930), while Hall of Famers Hogan (1950) and Lee Trevino (1971) are among the five U.S. Open champions to have hoisted a trophy there, joining Olin Dutra (1934), David Graham (1981) and Justin Rose (2013). Merion has hosted six different USGA championships, including the U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Amateur, Curtis Cup Match and Walker Cup Match.

"Starting with its formation, the desire to host significant championships has been at Merion’s core. It is no wonder Merion has hosted more USGA championships than any other club in America,” Merion Golf Club championship chair Buddy Marucci said. “Our friendship with the USGA dates to its first decade and has produced some of the most incredible moments in golf history. We are thrilled to celebrate those moments by announcing four more Open championships, and we look forward to bringing the best players in the world to compete on Hugh Wilson’s timeless masterpiece.”

Pennsylvania boasts 671 golf courses and a thriving $2.3 billion golf economy that employs more than 50,000 statewide, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 480 of those courses either open to the public or municipally owned.

 

Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont)
2021 U.S. Amateur
2025 U.S. Open
2028 U.S. Women’s Open
2033 Walker Cup Match
2034 U.S. Open
2038 U.S. Women’s Open
2042 U.S. Open
2046 U.S. Women’s Amateur 
2049 U.S. Open 
 
Merion Golf Club (Ardmore)

2022 Curtis Cup Match
2026 U.S. Amateur

2030 U.S. Open
2034 U.S. Women’s Open
2046 U.S. Women’s Open
2050 U.S. Open
Additional USGA championships to be announced later

Additional Future USGA Championships in Pennsylvania
2022 U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley Country Club
2024 U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club
2024 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Philadelphia Cricket Club