Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has been selected as the host site for the 2034 and 2051 U.S. Open Championships as well as four additional USGA amateur championships, starting in 2024.
Adding to the two U.S. Opens and the two U.S. Women’s Opens in 2031 and 2042 announced in January, Oakland Hills’ South Course will host the 2024 U.S. Junior Amateur, 2029 U.S. Women’s Amateur, 2038 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 2047 U.S. Amateur. The dates of the latter three championships are to be determined. The club is set to host a total of eight USGA championships between 2024 and 2051.
Oakland Hills will become the fifth club to have hosted a U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur, with Pebble Beach set to join those ranks when it hosts the U.S. Women’s Open in 2023. The club has played host to 11 USGA championships in its 104-year history, including six U.S. Opens, two U.S. Senior Opens, two U.S. Amateurs and a U.S. Women’s Amateur. In addition, Oakland Hills has also hosted three PGA Championships and the 2004 Ryder Cup.
“We could not be happier to bring six additional championships to such an iconic venue as Oakland Hills,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA chief championships officer. “Since its first U.S. Open in 1924, Oakland Hills has provided a supreme test for the game’s very best, and it will continue to do so for professionals and amateurs alike in the coming years.”
The South Course at Oakland Hills, known as “The Monster,” was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1918. It was renovated by Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1950), Rees Jones (2006) and Gil Hanse (2021). The most recent restoration included tree removal throughout the property and the reshaping of all 18 greens to their original specifications.
The clubhouse at the course was a total loss after a massive fire on February 17, causing $80 million in damages and destroying the club’s century-plus of memorabilia. Bloomfield Township Fire Chief John LeRoy said recently that evidence shows the fire appears to have started from construction workers using a propane torch against a wall.
“This is a significant and meaningful day for all of us at Oakland Hills,” said Rick Palmer, club president. “The commitment of two U.S. Opens as well as four top amateur championships is a testament to the fabulous work of everyone at Oakland Hills. With a total of eight USGA championships coming to our club starting in 2024, we can’t wait to add to our storied history. We look forward to continuing our championship golf tradition at Oakland Hills and our long-standing relationship with the USGA.”
As part of the announcement, Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania, which had previously been scheduled to host the 2034 U.S. Open, will host instead in 2033.