Maryland is the #9 state that has hosted the most US Opens in golf history

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June 15, 2022

Maryland is the #9 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.

Maryland by the numbers

- Times hosted: 5
- First: Baltimore Country Club, 1899
- Last: Congressional Country Club, 2011
- All host courses (times hosted): Congressional Country Club (3), Baltimore Country Club, Columbia Country Club

Rory McIlroy's performance at the 2011 U.S. Open was historic in two ways: His 268 remains the best 72-hole score in U.S. Open history (only 36 holes were played from 1895 to 1897). McIlroy's 16-under-par has only been equaled once—by Brooks Koepka in 2017. Winning by eight strokes, McIlroy's win at age 22 also made the Northern Ireland lad the youngest U.S. Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923.

The U.S. Open on the same Congressional course in 1997 was also dramatic because South African Ernie Els won by a single stroke over Scotland's Colin Montgomerie. As natives of the land that invented golf, Scottish golfers won 12 of the first 16 U.S. Opens. No Scotsman ever won one by a wider margin than Willie Smith's 11-stroke victory at Baltimore, back in 1899.

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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