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Here is every course that will host a USGA championship in 2024

January 03, 2024

For most golfers, to participate in a USGA championship is the thrill of a lifetime. Each year, the governing body takes its events to some of the country’s more prestigious and historic venues. The chance to play one of these venerable courses in the first place, much less while compete for a prestigious title under the most rigorous conditions, makes the experience all the more meaningful.

The slate of courses set to host USGA championships in 2024 lives up to this reputation. Leading the way is Pinehurst No. 2, the North Carolina resort holding the U.S. Open for the fourth time with four more dates (2029, 2035, 2041, 2047) already lined up after being designated a USGA “anchor site.”

The U.S. Women’s Open also returns to a popular spot, coming back to Lancaster Country Club outside Philadelphia. South Korea’s In Gee Chun won the 2015 Women’s Open at Lancaster and became so attached to the community after her victory that she returns each year to conduct a charity event for students to continue their secondary education.

Another notable club hosting a USGA championship once again in 2024 is Oakland Hill Country Club. This summer’s U.S. Junior Amateur will be the first national championship at Bloomfield Hills, Mich., club has hosted since a February 2022 fire destroyed its stately clubhouse. A little more than a month later, the USGA announced it was taking eight USGA championships to the club, including two more U.S. Opens, but starting with the U.S. Junior.

Scroll on for a detailed look at 18 courses hosting national championships in 2024. Be sure to click through to each individual course page for bonus photography and reviews from our course panelists. We also encourage you to leave your own ratings on the courses you’ve played … so you can help other golfers like you make an informed opinion on where to play!

Date: May 11-15

Course: Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio

Oak Hills Country Club
Oak Hills Country Club
San Antonio, TX
42 Panelists

This A.W. Tillinghast design dates back to 1920 and is now ranked 25th in Texas. It has hosted the Texas Opens 24 times, with notable champions including Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw and Corey Pavin. It also hosted a PGA Tour Champions event from 2002-2010 with winners including Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Fred Funk and John Cook. Arguably the biggest event it's held is the 1987 Tour Championship, won by Tom Watson.

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Yardage/Par: 6,204/71

Eligibility: Each member of team can’t have Handicap Index that exceeds 14.4

Defending champions: Gianna Clemente and Avery Zweig

Previous USGA events at Oak Hill:
2001 U.S. Junior (Henry Liaw)

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Date: May 25-29

Course: Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course), Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Cricket Club: Wissahickon
Philadelphia Cricket was Tillinghast’s home club in his early years as a golfer, so when he laid out a new course for the club in the early 1920s, he devoted special attention to it. Over the century, it aged. Greens shrank, bunkers eroded, trees grew (including one right through the roof of a clubhouse veranda). In 2008, Keith Foster was retained to restore the course to its Tillinghast glory, but a poor economy postponed the work until the summer of 2013. The Cricket is now faithful to Tilly once again, with trees removed and original greens and bunkers reclaimed, including the famed “Great Hazard” that must be carried on the par-5 seventh. As per his request, Tillinghast’s ashes were scattered in the Wissahickon Creek that crosses the 18th green.
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Yardage/Par: 7,035/70

Course (stroke play): Philadelphia Cricket Club (Militia Hill), Philadelphia

Philadelphia Cricket Club: Militia Hill
Philadelphia Cricket Club: Militia Hill
Plymouth Meeting, PA
48 Panelists
Philadelphia Cricket Club's Militia Hill course in Flourton is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Yardage/Par: 7,202/72

Eligibility: Each member of team can’t have Handicap Index that exceeds 5.4

Defending champions: Aaron Du and Sampson Zheng

Previous USGA events at Philadelphia Cricket Club:
1907 U.S. Open (Alex Ross)
1910 U.S. Open (Alex Smith)

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Date: May 30-June 2

Course: Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club

Lancaster Country Club: Meadow Creek/Dogwood
111 Panelists
Originally a small nine-hole course founded in 1901, William Flynn designed the layout we see today in 1920. The course is constructed on rolling terrain with a river flowing through the heart of the property and water comes into play on the vast majority of holes. While the course really shines from holes two to eight, all in a river valley that provides the golfer with exciting yet testing shots. The bunkering on the course stands out, and like with all Flynn courses, they are placed in a way that forces golfers to take an extra consideration. The par 3s too are very good with great variety and intrigue.
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Yardage/Par: 6,629/70

Eligibility: Open to any female professional or amateur whose Handicap Index does not exceed 2.4

Defending champion: Allisen Corpuz

Previous USGA events at Lancaster:
2015 U.S. Women’s Open (In Gee Chun)

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Date: June 13-15

Course: Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2

Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst, NC
In 2010, a team lead by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw killed and ripped out all the Bermudagrass rough on Pinehurst No. 2 that had been foolishly planted in the 1970s. Between fairways and tree lines, they established vast bands of native hardpan sand dotted with clumps of wiregrass and scattered pine needles. They reduced the irrigation to mere single rows in fairways to prevent grass from ever returning to the new sandy wastelands. Playing firm and fast, it was wildly successful as the site of the 2014 Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens, played on consecutive weeks. Because of its water reduction, the course was named a Green Star environmental award-winner by Golf Digest that year. In 2019, Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 hosted another U.S. Amateur Championship, and the USGA announced Pinehurst No. 2—in addition to hosting the 2024 U.S. Open—will also have the 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047 U.S. Opens.
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Yardage/Par: 7,543/70

Eligibility: Open to any professional or amateur whose Handicap Index does not exceed 1.4.

Defending champion: Wyndham Clark

Previous USGA events at Pinehurst No. 2:
1962 U.S. Amateur (Lebron Harris Jr.)
1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur (Vicki Goetze)
1994 U.S. Senior Open (Simon Hobday)
1999 U.S. Open (Payne Stewart)
2005 U.S. Open (Michael Campbell)
2008 U.S. Amateur (Danny Lee)
2014 U.S. Open (Martin Kaymer)
2014 U.S. Women’s Open (Michelle Wie)
2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (Frankie Capan/Shuai Ming Wong)
2019 U.S. Amateur (Andy Ogletree)

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Date: June 27-30

Course: Newport (R.I.) Country Club

Newport Country Club
Newport Country Club
Newport, RI
History was made here in 1894 when the nine-hole Newport Country Club, one of five founding members of the USGA, became America’s first championship venue, hosting both the inaugural U.S. Amateur and, in the fall of 1895, the inaugural stroke-play U.S. Open Championship. In 1899, Davis added the club's second nine on the property's lower section, stretching it out to the Atlantic shoreline. A.W. Tillinghast remodeled the course in the 1920s, resulting in the most authentic links experience Tilly ever created, or perhaps, more accurately, co-created. Over the past 20 years, consulting architect Ron Forse has faithfully restored many Tillinghast greens and bunkers lost over time. Newport is the rare nationally-ranked course that’s never had a fairway irrigation system. Weather dictates how firm and fast it plays.
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Yardage/Par: 7,070/70

Eligibility: Open to any professional or amateur whose Handicap Index does not exceed 3.4

Defending champion: Bernhard Langer

Previous USGA events at Newport:
1895 U.S. Amateur (Charles Blair Macdonald)
1895 U.S. Open (Horace Rawlins)
1995 U.S. Amateur (Tiger Woods)
2006 U.S. Women’s Open (Annika Sorenstam)

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Date: July 8-10

Course: Sand Creek Station, Newton, Kan.

Sand Creek Station
Sand Creek Station
Newton, KS
27 Panelists
In 2014, Sand Creek Station hosted the final U.S. Amateur Public Links, a championship first played in 1922. Byron Meth captured the title in 2014, defeating Doug Ghim in extra holes. The course, located about 30 minutes north of Wichita, is bisected by a railway and features several template holes, including the Road Hole and Redan.
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Defending champions: Kipp Popert and Ryanne Jackson

Previous USGA events at Sand Creek Station:
2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links (Byron Meth)

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Date: July 15-20

Course: El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, Calif.

El Caballero Country Club
El Caballero Country Club
Tarzana, CA
In 2021, Rees Jones went to the San Fernando Valley with longtime associate Steve Weisser to orchestrate a $10 million tee-to-green revitalization of his father Robert Trent Jones’ scenic 1957 original. The upgrade consisted of rebuilding greens and bunkers, installing new drought-tolerant Bermuda fairways and selective tree removal to improve sightlines up and down the San Fernando Valley.
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Yardage/Par: 6,347/71

Eligibility: Open to any female amateur who has not reached age 19 by July 20 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 9.4

Defending champion: Kiara Romero

Previous USGA events at El Caballero:
2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-ball (Katrina Prendergast/Ellen Secor)

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Date: July 22-27

Course: Oakland Hills Country Club (South), Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Oakland Hills Country Club South Course
Oakland Hills Country Club South Course
Bloomfield Hills, MI
104 Panelists
Donald Ross felt his 1918 design was out-of-date for the 1951 U.S. Open and was prepared to remodel it. Sadly, he died in 1948, so Robert Trent Jones got the job. His rebunkering was overshadowed by ankle-deep rough, and after Ben Hogan closed with a 67, one of only two rounds under par 70 all week, to win his second consecutive Open, he complained that Jones had created a Frankenstein. Sixty-plus years later, Oakland Hills is even longer, but its bite wasn’t severe when it hosted the 2016 U.S. Amateur. In 2019, the South course closed as Gil Hanse and his team significantly renovated the course with the intention of removing the Jones influences and restoring its Ross feel. They did that by expanding greens to recapture what are some of Ross's best contours, removed trees to show off the rolling landscape and shifted bunkers back to where Ross, not RTJ, placed them. The course re-opened in Spring 2021, and though a crippling fire destroyed the club's iconic clubhouse, the USGA delivered some kind news to the club, bringing the 2034 and 2051 U.S. Opens to Oakland Hills—as well as a number of upcoming USGA championships.
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Yardage/Par: 7,297/70

Course: Oakland Hills Country Club (North), Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Oakland Hills Country Club North Course
Oakland Hills Country Club North Course
Bloomfield Hills, MI
63 Panelists
Overshadowed by the South course, which has hosted over a dozen major championships, the Donald Ross designed North course shares many features with The Monster, albeit more subtle. The greens have plenty of movement and are often guarded by deep bunkers, as they are on the South. The back nine has a nice variety of holes, including the reachable par-5 12th with a green surrounded by a railroad tie-lined water hazard, the drivable par-4 15th, and the long par-4 17th, with a dramatically tumbling fairway. The course was used alongside the South during stroke play at the 2016 U.S. Amateur.
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Yardage/Par: 6,835/70

Eligibility: Open to any amateur who has not reached age 19 by July 27 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 4.4

Defending champion: Bryan Kim

Previous USGA events at Oakland Hills:
1924 U.S. Open (Cyril Walker)
1929 U.S. Women’s Amateur (Glenna Collett Vare)
1937 U.S. Open (Ralph Guldahl)
1951 U.S. Open (Ben Hogan)
1961 U.S. Open (Gene Littler)
1981 U.S. Senior Open (Arnold Palmer)
1985 U.S. Open (Andy North)
1991 U.S. Senior Open (Jack Nicklaus)
1996 U.S. Open (Steve Jones)
2002 U.S. Amateur (Ricky Barnes)
2016 U.S. Amateur (Curtis Luck)

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Date: Aug. 1-4

Course: Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Fox Chapel Golf Club
Fox Chapel Golf Club
Pittsburgh, PA
When Fox Chapel hosted the 1985 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship (won by Michiko Hattori), some observers were disappointed that its Seth Raynor design seemed so ordinary. Greens had become circular, many bunkers were overgrown and those that still existed bore fancy modern shapes. Most alarming, the Fox’s 17th, originally a Biarritz hole, had the front portion of the green and trench mowed as fairway. In the early 1990s, architect Brian Silva was called in to restore Raynor’s features. He reclaimed green dimensions, including the Biarritz, and recaptured original bunkers, particularly the necklace wrapped around the front of the 11th (“Short”) green. Tom Marzolf, of Tom Fazio Design, has continued to refine and draw forth more Raynor-inspired shaping and bunkering--this latest work debuted in the fall of 2020 with profound enhancements to the Punchbowl second (a par 5), Redan sixth, the Lions Mouth green complex at nine, Bottle 16th and the Redan.
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Yardage/Par: 5,966/71

Eligibility: Open to any female professional or amateur who is age 50 on or before Aug. 1 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 7.4

Defending champion: Trish Johnson

Previous USGA events at Fox Chapel:
1965 U.S. Senior Amateur (Robert B. Kiersky)
1985 U.S. Women's Amateur (Michiko Hattori)
2002 Curtis Cup (USA)

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Date: Aug. 5-11

Course: Southern Hills, Tulsa, Okla.

Southern Hills Country Club
Southern Hills Country Club
Tulsa, OK
182 Panelists
A product of the Great Depression and constructed by hundreds of workers who stood at the gate each morning hoping for a 25-cents-per-hour job that day, Southern Hills is architect Perry Maxwell’s great achievement. Nearly every hole bends left or right, posing critical tee shots that must risk something. The putting surfaces have the classic “Maxwell Rolls,” and most are guarded by simple yet effective bunkers. During the summer of 2018, architect Gil Hanse and crew rebuilt much of the course, in the process re-establishing Maxwell’s distinctive, gnarly edged bunkering and reconstructing the green shoulders that had been built up over the years.
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Yardage/Par: 6,378/71

Eligibility: Open to any female amateur whose Handicap Index does not exceed 5.4

Defending champion: Megan Schofill

Previous USGA events at Southern Hills:
1946 U.S. Women's Amateur (Babe Didrikson Zaharias)
1953 U.S. Junior Amateur (Rex Baxter Jr.)
1958 U.S. Open (Tommy Bolt)
1961 U.S. Senior Amateur (Dexter Daniels)
1965 U.S. Amateur (Bob Murphy)
1977 U.S. Open (Hubert Green)
1987 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur (Cindy Scholefield-McConnell)
2001 U.S. Open (Retief Goosen)
2009 U.S. Amateur (Byeong-Hun An)

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Date: Aug. 12-18

Course: Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.

Hazeltine National Golf Club
Hazeltine National Golf Club
Chaska, MN
Hazeltine might be the most controversial championship course of the modern era, designed by Robert Trent Jones for former USGA president Totten Heffelfinger, who used his considerable clout to bring the 1966 U.S. Women’s Open and 1970 U.S. Open to the then-very immature layout. Criticisms were so extreme that Trent Jones spent the next two decades remodeling it, straightening doglegs, relocating holes and rebuilding greens. In the past two decades his younger son, Rees Jones, assumed the reconstruction, with even greater success—and today the layout, like many in the old man's portfolio, is more Rees than Trent. Hazeltine hosted the 2009 PGA and 2016 Ryder Cup, the latter a bright spot for the American team, which perhaps is why the PGA of America has already awarded the 2028 Ryder Cup to this Minnesota site.
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Yardage/Par: 7,599/72

Eligibility: Open to any amateur whose Handicap Index does not exceed 2.4

Defending champion: Nick Dunlap

Previous USGA events at Hazeltine National:
1966 U.S. Women's Open (Sandra Spuzich)
1970 U.S. Open (Tony Jacklin)
1977 U.S. Women's Open (Hollis Stacy)
1983 U.S. Senior Open (Billy Casper)
1991 U.S. Open (Payne Stewart)
1994 U.S. Mid-Amateur (Tim Jackson)
2001 USGA Men's State Team (Minnesota)
2006 U.S. Amateur (Richie Ramsay)

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Date: Aug. 24-29

Course: The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.

The Honors Course
The Honors Course
Ooltewah, TN
151 Panelists
Considered radical in the early 1980s because of its acres of tall, native-grass rough, durable Zoysiagrass fairways and terrifying greens perched atop bulkheads of rock, today The Honors Course is considered a well-preserved example of Pete Dye’s death-or-glory architecture. Other than reducing the contours in a couple of greens (particularly the 18th) in the late 1990s, and adjusting the bunkering in 2008, Dye left the course alone for most of his career. Georgia architect Bill Bergin did create a new practice facility at the club in 2015, and Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner touched everything up again in 2022.
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Yardage/Par: 6,836/72

Eligibility: Open to any golfer who is age 55 as of Aug. 24 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 7.4

Defending champion: Todd White

Previous USGA events at The Honors Course:
1991 U.S. Amateur (Mitch Voges)
1994 Curtis Cup (Tie, GB&I retained Curtis Cup)
2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur (Kevin Marsh)
2011 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur (Terri Frohnmayer)
2016 U.S. Junior Amateur (Min Woo Lee)

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Date: Sept. 7-12

Course: Brae Burn Country Club, West Newton, Mass.

Brae Burn Country Club: Main
Brae Burn Country Club: Main
West Newton, MA
40 Panelists
Brae Burn Country Club's Main Course in West Newton is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Massachusetts. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Yardage/Par: TBD

Eligibility: Open to any female golfer who is age 25 as of Sept. 7 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 9.4

Defending champion: Kimberly Dinh

Previous USGA events at Brae Burn:
1906 U.S. Women's Amateur (Harriot Curtis)
1919 U.S. Open (Walter Hagen)
1928 U.S. Amateur (Bobby Jones)
1958 Curtis Cup (Tie, GB&I retained the cup)
1970 Curtis Cup (USA)
1975 U.S. Women's Amateur (Beth Daniel)
1997 U.S. Women's Amateur (Silvia Cavalleri)

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Date: Sept. 21-26

Course: Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle, Wash.

Broadmoor Golf Club: Broadmoor
Broadmoor Golf Club: Broadmoor
Seattle, WA

The A. Vernon Macan design dates back to 1927 and had been a popular destination for USGA women's events, hosting two U.S. Women's Amateurs, a U.S. Senior Women's Amateur and a U.S. Girls' Junior. Also held the Seattle Open on various occasions, won notably by Byron Nelson (1945), Dave Marr (1961), Jack Nicklaus (1962) and Billy Casper (1964).

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Yardage/Par: 5,610/70

Eligibility: Open to any female golfer who is age 50 as of Sept. 21 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 14.4

Defending champion: Sarah Gallagher

Previous USGA events at Broadmoor:
1961 U.S. Girls' Junior (Mary Lowell)
1974 U.S. Women's Amateur (Cynthia Hill)
1984 U.S. Women's Amateur (Deb Richard)
1996 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur (Gayle Borthwick)

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Dates: Sept. 21-26

Course: Kinlock Golf Club, Manakin-Sabot, Va.

Kinloch Golf Club
Kinloch Golf Club
Manakin Sabot, VA
157 Panelists
Since the only way to successfully establish bentgrass tees, fairways and greens in hot, humid Richmond was to create expansive corridors to allow plenty of sunlight and air to the turf, Kinloch Golf Club has more double fairways posing options and alternate routes than nearly every other course on the 100 Greatest, except perhaps National Golf Links of America. In 2016, George prepared a long-range masterplan of adjustments, including expansion of the alternate fairways on nine and 11, for improved visibility and playability, and removal of thick rough between bunkers and fairway edges. Enhancements will continue in the future.
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Yardage/Par: TBD

Course (stroke play): Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Va.

Independence Golf Club: Championship
Independence Golf Club: Championship
Midlothian, VA
23 Panelists
Located just outside of Richmond, the Independence Golf Club's Championship course is Tom Fazio’s first public course in Virginia. Later renovated by Lester George, the course offers five sets of tees ranging from 5,000 to 7,100 yards, and boasts fast greens along with punishing bunkers. Renovations by Fazio's team earned an award among Golf Digest’s top 10 remodels of 2016.
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Yardage/Par: TBD

Eligibility: Open to any amateur golfer who is age 25 as of Sept. 21 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 3.4

Defending champion: Stewart Hagestad

Previous USGA events at Kinlock:
2011 U.S. Senior Amateur (Louis Lee)

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