The U.S. Amateur is often an opportunity for future U.S. Open host courses to showcase what they could do as the venue for the national championship. Hosting the U.S. Amateur is also sometimes part of the deal in becoming a U.S. Open host. Holding a U.S. Amateur is also a possibility for venues that do not have the infrastructure to host the modern U.S. Open.
No matter into which bucket a U.S. Amateur venue falls, they're amazing golf courses.
Future U.S. Amateur venues through 2020
- 2017 - Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Aug. 14-20
- 2018 - Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif., Aug. 13-19
- 2019 - Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, Calif., Aug. 12-18
- 2020 - Bandon Dunes, Bandon, Ore., Aug. 10-16
So what about beyond 2020? We make some guesses.
2021 - Chambers Bay - After a poorly received 2015 U.S. Open host bid, this course deserves another crack. It might come in the form of a second U.S. Amateur or a U.S. Women's Open.
2022 - Congressional Country Club - If Congo is interested in getting the U.S. Open again, it might have to pony up its 36 holes for the U.S. Amateur. It might depend on how Tiger Woods' Quicken Loans National looks.
2023 - Cherry Hills Country Club - Cherry Hills isn't really able to host the U.S. Open, but it's such a sweet match-play venue, making it perfect for the U.S. Amateur.
2024 - Merion Golf Club - Merion had to be tricked up pretty severely to host the U.S. Open in 2013. While it's unlikely to get an Open again soon, it would be great for the U.S. Amateur, including with 36 holes.
2025 - Streamsong - Admittedly, this is a pipe dream that would require a bit of a schedule shift toward September, but man, wouldn't that be great?