With the dust just barely settling on the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, the talk has already begun of a return to the restore Donald Ross classic for a future Open.
The U.S. Open has hosts through 2021, with Torrey Pines being the latest selected after years of wondering if the venue would be good enough to get a second shot at the U.S. Open.
But what about predicting U.S. Open venues between now and 2030? The USGA has already announced venues through 2020, so just another decade to predict.
Here are the venues we know into the next decade:
- 2014 -- Pinehurst No. 2
- 2015 -- Chambers Bay
- 2016 -- Oakmont
- 2017 -- Erin Hills
- 2018 -- Shinnecock Hills
- 2019 -- Pebble Beach
- 2020 -- Winged Foot
- 2021 -- Torrey Pines
- 2022 -- The Country Club
- 2023 -- Los Angeles Country Club
- 2024 -- Pinehurst No. 2
- 2025 -- Oakmont Country Club
- 2026 -- Shinnecock Hills
So what about from 2021-30? Let's make some guesses.
2027/2029 -- Congressional or Merion: It might be a really cool thing for the USGA to decide to have consecutive Opens in a patriotic location. Between the two, Merion makes the most sense for 2026. After all, this country was formed in Philadelphia. Congressional could lose that coin flip with Merion, but hopefully would not flop as a venue for a second-consecutive time.
2028 -- TPC Sawgrass: There is no basis in fact, hell, even fiction, for this, but the U.S. Open has never been hosted in Florida. (For good reason, have you been in Florida in June?) What better place to host it than the site Tiger Woods won his first U.S. Amateur 35 years prior?
2029 -- The Olympic Club: This is a pure guess based on slotting for the championship. With the east coast being such an obvious choice for the '26 Open, it would only make sense to go cross-country for the '27 Open. Olympic Club is as good as anywhere.
2030 -- Pebble Beach: If the USGA decides to hold onto the notion of Pebble hosting Opens in years ending in 0 (unless it's their centennial, like in 2019), then this is a mortal lock. Sorry, Merion.