New York is the #1 state that has hosted the most US Opens in golf history

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June 15, 2022

New York is the #1 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 York by the numbers

- Times hosted: 20
- First: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, 1896
- Last: Winged Foot Golf Club, 2020
- All host courses (times hosted): Winged Foot Golf Club (6), Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (5), Oak Hill Country Club (3), Bethpage State Park (2), Garden City Golf Club, Country Club of Buffalo, Inwood Country Club, Fresh Meadow Country Club

Just as New York has hosted the U.S. Open in tennis since 1924, it's hosted more U.S. Opens in golf than any state, dating back to the second year of the tournament's existence in 1896. Highlights of this long history include two playoff squeakers at Winged Foot: Fuzzy Zoeller over Greg Norman in 1984 and Bobby Jones over Al Espinosa in 1929.

Phil Mickelson sealed his reputation as a perennial "bridesmaid" in the sport—often placing second to Tiger Woods—by finishing second at the U.S. Open a record six times. Four of these second-place finishes were in New York: Bethpage in 2002 (also behind Tiger), Shinnecock Hills in 2004, Winged Foot in 2006, and Bethpage again in 2009. "Lefty" is still looking for his first U.S. Open win, the only Grand Slam title missing from his resume. And it probably won't happen in New York, because none are scheduled there in the coming years.

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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