New Jersey is the #6 state that has hosted the most US Opens in golf history

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June 15, 2022
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New Jersey is the #6 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.

New Jersey by the numbers

- Times hosted: 8
- First: Baltusrol Golf Club, 1903
- Last: Baltusrol Golf Club, 1993
- All host courses (times hosted): Baltusrol Golf Club (7), Englewood Golf Club

Only Pennsylvania’s Oakmont Country Club (9) has hosted the U.S. Open more times than the storied Baltusrol course in northern New Jersey, which dates back to 1895. Plenty of golf history has been made on the course. It hosted the first nationally televised U.S. Open in 1954, and it is the only club to host the U.S. Open Men’s and Women’s Championships on both of its dual courses.

Huge crowds flocked to watch Jack Nicklaus outduel Arnold Palmer in 1967 and then again triumph over Isao Aoki in 1980. The closest Open at Baltusrol came in 1903 when Willie Anderson notched his first of three straight Open victories—something no other golfer has pulled off—in a playoff round against fellow Scotsman David Brown.

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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