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.
2 of 6Jim Krajicek
Years/Champions: 2002 (Tiger Woods), 2009 (Lucas Glover)
nysparks.state.ny.us/golf-courses | 516-249-0700 | $78-$150
No news on when the U.S. Open might head back to the Black, but the overnight wait in the parking lot remains for walk-ons at this beast of a layout an hour east of New York City.
3 of 6Robert Beck/SI
Torrey Pines (South Course)
La Jolla, Calif.
Year/Champion: 2008 (Tiger Woods)
torreypinesgolfcourse.com | 858-452-3226 | $137-$229
Tiger Woods's dramatic sudden death win over Rocco Mediate three years ago may be the last time the national championship heads to Torrey for a while, but the seaside location and year-round golf weather remain a draw.
4 of 6Kohjiro Kinno/SI
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, Calif.
Years/Champions: 1972 (Jack Nicklaus), 1982 (Tom Watson), 1992 (Tom Kite), 2000 (Tiger Woods), 2010 (Graeme McDowell), 2019
pebblebeach.com | 800-654-9300 | $495
It's far from cheap, but the second-ranked layout on Golf Magazine's Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S. is tough to beat. It will spend the next eight years planning for both its 100th anniversary and a sixth U.S. Open.
5 of 6Fred Vuich/SI
University Place, Wash.
Year/Champions: Hosting for first time in 2015
chambersbaygolf.com | 877-295-4657| $109-$205
Last year's U.S. Amateur tested out this new Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout in the Pacific Northwest with hard and fast conditions, providing a glimpse of what the world's best will face in four years.
6 of 6Paul Hundley
Year/Champions: Hosting for first time in 2017
erinhills.com | 262-670-8600 | $200
The U.S. Amateur will be played here next month, giving most people their first look at this much-talked about facility an hour northwest of Milwaukee.
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