This year's U.S Open site is the very private Congressional Country Club in Maryland, which will be followed by the equally exclusive Olympic Club in 2012 and Merion Golf Club in 2013. However, U.S. Open sites don't always turn the snooty dial up to 11. Here are four other public/resort venues that have hosted the national championship, and another pair that will in the next six years. Check 'em out:
Pinehurst No. 2
Years/Champions: 1999 (Payne Stewart), 2005 (Michael Campbell), 2014 pinehurst.com | 800-487-4653 | $370
A recently completed renovation by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw focused on replacing rough with sandy waste areas originally part of the Donald Ross design is drawing raves three years ahead of the resort's next U.S. Open in 2014.