U.S. Open

“When the first United States Open championship was held in 1895, it was a sort of extra added attraction to the main event, the first official United States Amateur championship.” Wrote Herbert Warren Wind in the foreword of The U.S. Open Golf’s Ultimate Challenge.

The first edition of the US Amateur was held on the first three days of October 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Newport, Rhode Island, with C. B. Macdonald winning the 32-man match play event by a record margin of 12 & 11 against his opponent in the final tie. The next day, eleven players competed in the inaugural US Open over the same 9-hole course and after four rounds of stroke play Horace Rawlins emerged the winner by a 2-shot margin over Willie Dunn.

US Open Championship Trophy

The two national championships were held on the same course for the next two years, at Shinnecock Hills in 1896 and Chicago in 1897. A parting of the ways then occurred the following year, with the Amateur played at Morris County and the Open at Myopia Hunt over an extended format of 72 holes, which has never been altered since.

A player from the British Isles won every one of the initial sixteen tournaments; it took until 1912 for John J. McDermott to become the first US-born golfer (and youngest ever player) to claim the main prize. Having lost the previous year in a three-way playoff, he came out on top after another three-way playoff against fellow countrymen Mike Brady and George Simpson. Remarkably, McDermott retained his title the following year at the Country Club of Buffalo.

The champion golfer gets a gold medal – named the Jack Nicklaus Medal in 2012 – as a permanent keepsake and both winners and host clubs can each order one replica tr...

U.S. Open host courses

Baltusrol (Lower)

4th New Jersey - Best in Area

Baltusrol Golf Club takes its name from Mr Baltus Roll who once farmed this land in the 19th century before his untimely murder.

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Baltusrol (Upper)

6th New Jersey - Best in Area

The Upper course at Baltusrol Golf Club was laid out by the "Creator of Golf Courses", the legendary A. W. Tillinghast.

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Bellerive

5th Missouri - Best in Area

The golf course at Bellerive Country Club is routed round a winding creek, which is a feature on nine holes. With large undulating greens and bold bunkering this is certainly a firm tournament favourite...

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Brae Burn

22nd Massachusetts - Best in Area

Venue of the 1919 US Open, the 1928 US Amateur, the 1958 and 1970 Curtis Cup and the US Women’s Amateur in 1906, 1975 and 1997, Brae Burn Country Club has hosted more than its fair share of top golf competitions.

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Canterbury Golf Club

9th Ohio - Best in Area

Host to two US Opens and one PGA Championship, Canterbury Golf Club’s place in golfing history is assured. It’s not a long course but the site is delightfully undulating with rolling hills, brooks and wooded areas.

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Chambers Bay

2nd Washington - Best in Area

Chambers Bay might be one of Washington's newest golf courses – opened in June 2007 – but it is set to be a high flyer in the rankings.

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Champions (Cypress Creek)

14th Texas - Best in Area

Former Ryder Cup course at Champions Golf Club, Cypress Creek, is a storied layout. The water in front of the 12th green is known as Bob Hope’s Lake, as he was the first person to lose a ball in it!

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Cherry Hills

4th Colorado - Best in Area

William Flynn designed Cherry Hills in 1922 and if you do get the chance to play this famous course your driving distances will flatter to deceive. Denver is not called the Mile High city for nothing and Cherry Hills is certainly golf with altitude.

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U.S. Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 48
2 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 44
3 Bob McCoy Courses Played 42
4 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 41
5 Cory Lewis Courses Played 40
6 James Gold Courses Played 39
7 Mark White Courses Played 38
8 Paul Jones Courses Played 37
9 Joshua Asher Courses Played 36
10 Andy Troeger Courses Played 33