California is the #3 state that has hosted the most US Opens in golf history

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June 15, 2022
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California is the #3 state that has hosted the most US Opens in golf history

Like the Olympics, golf’s U.S. Open changes venues every time it’s held, moving from one prestigious golf or country club to another in different parts of the country. Some states have never hosted one, while states with numerous prominent golf courses have hosted many, led by New York’s 20. Oddly, though it is the state with the most golf courses in America, Florida has never been awarded a U.S. Open.

Stacker has ranked the 10 states that have hosted the U.S. Open the most times, using data from the U.S. Open website and other sources. The national ranking includes The Country Club in Massachusetts as the host of the 2022 U.S. Open, taking place June 16-19. Alongside the number of times each state has hosted the tournament, every course that has hosted is also listed, including the first and last in each state.

The U.S. Open is the third of four Grand Slam tournaments, also called the “majors.” The others are the Masters, the PGA Championship, and the British Open. The U.S. Open offers the biggest purse of the four.

Check out how many U.S. Opens your state has hosted below, or find the overall top 10 list here.

California by the numbers

- Times hosted: 14
- First: Riviera Country Club, 1948
- Last: Torrey Pines Golf Course, 2021
- All host courses (times hosted): Pebble Beach G.L. (6), The Olympic Club (5), Torrey Pines Golf Course (2), Riviera Country Club

The U.S. Open had already been held for more than a half-century before California hosted its first one, but the Golden State is catching up fast. The 2023 U.S. Open at the Los Angeles Country Club will be the seventh since 2000, and the 11th since 1980. Some legends of golf won a few in earlier decades, including Ben Hogan at Riviera in 1948, and Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach in 1972.

Tiger Woods—still playing after so many golf injuries and his single vehicle car crash—has made the biggest splash since then. Tiger won at Pebble Beach in 2000 by a record 15 strokes at 272—an amazing score on the rugged Monterey peninsula course—and won again in a playoff against Rocco Mediate in 2008 at Torrey Pines. More recently at Torrey Pines, rising star Jon Rahm edged Louis Oosthuizen by a single stroke in 2021 to become the first Spanish winner of the Open.

North Carolina will move onto the top 10 list soon as the PGA has announced that Pinehurst Resort & Country Club will host the 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041, and 2047 U.S. Opens as an “anchor” site for the event. Pinehurst has already hosted three U.S. Opens.

Read on to see which states have hosted the most U.S. Opens in golf history.

States that have hosted the most U.S. Opens in golf history

#1. New York: 20 times
#2. Pennsylvania: 17 times
#3. California: 14 times

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