Illinois is the #4 state that has hosted the most US Opens in golf history

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June 15, 2022
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Illinois is the #4 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.

Illinois by the numbers

- Times hosted: 13
- First: Chicago Golf Club, 1897
- Last: Olympia Fields Country Club, 2003
- All host courses (times hosted): Chicago Golf Club (3), Medinah Country Club (3), Olympia Fields Country Club (2), Glen View Club, Onwentsia Club, Midlothian Country Club, Skokie Country Club, North Shore Golf Club

No other state has hosted the U.S. Open at more golf clubs than Illinois with eight, and several tournaments have been momentous. Most recently in 2003, Jim Furyk became the first golfer to be awarded more than $1 million for a U.S. Open win. Furyk truly earned it as his 272 at Olympia Fields tied the U.S. Open record (since broken by Rory McIlroy’s 268) shared by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Janzen.

The two previous U.S. Opens in Illinois were settled in playoffs at Medinah, including Hale Irwin’s win in 1990—accomplished at age 45, becoming the oldest man to win a U.S. Open title. Other noteworthy Opens in the Land of Lincoln include two Bobby Jones runner-up finishes in nail-biting losses in 1928 and 1922. John McDermott became the Open’s youngest-ever winner at the age of 19 at the Chicago Golf Club in 1911. Illinois hosted the U.S. Open an average of once every four years between 1897 and 1933.

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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