These 64 accessible golf courses have hosted a USGA championship

Golf history buffs should be aware of these hallowed grounds.
Pinehurst, which will be home to the USGA's new Golf House from 2023 on, is one of more than 60 publicly accessible courses to host one of the organization's championships.

The United States Golf Association is often associated with the prestigious golf courses that have hosted their many championships. And to be sure, the majority of those championships have been conducted at private golf clubs (with the notable exceptions being the now-defunct U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links). With the recent announcement that the USGA will be establishing a secondary headquarters in Pinehurst, N.C., it seems the organization's interest in holding its championships at accessible courses should only deepen in the future.

In total, 128 USGA Championships have been contested on 64 golf courses that are currently accessible to the public. They include municipal courses, public daily-fee facilities and resort layouts. Some have been remodeled over the years, but they all have USGA championship pedigrees in common, placing them in elite company.

Here's the breakdown by USGA championship:

U.S. Open (6 courses)

Pebble Beach has hosted 13 USGA championships, including six U.S. Opens.

Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, Calif.

1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010, 2019
This American golf landmark by the Pacific needs no introduction. It is as clear-cut a bucket-list course as there is in the world.

Pinehurst No. 2 - Pinehurst, N.C.

1999, 2005, 2014
With the recent announcement from the USGA that makes No. 2 an "anchor site" for the U.S. Open, that means spots on the schedule for the Donald Ross masterpiece as far in the future as 2047.

Bethpage State Park (Black) - Farmingdale, N.Y.

2002, 2009
Bethpage Black seems to have transitioned from USGA to PGA darling, having hosted the 2019 PGA and looking forward to the 2025 Ryder Cup. Nothing wrong with that.

It will be hard to top the drama of the 2008 U.S. Open, but come the 2021 edition, you never know.

Chambers Bay - University Place, Wash.

Suspect putting surfaces and a shocking final-green collapse that handed Jordan Spieth the win marred the intrigue provided by an otherwise fascinating and iconoclastic layout. If and when Chambers gets a second turn, its greens should be worlds better, as they've been converted from finicky fescue to more manageable poa annua.

Erin Hills - Erin, Wisc.

The enigma-wrapped legend of Brooks Koepka began here on a week where damp pre-tournament weather caused scores to be uncommonly low for a U.S. Open. Nevertheless, with a future U.S. Mid-Amateur scheduled, Erin Hills appears to have a place in the USGA's heart going forward.

U.S. Women's Open (11)

CordeValle, which is playable by guests of the on-site resort, hosted the 2016 U.S. Women's Open.

*Conducted prior to USGA involvement (started in 1953)

Kalispel Golf & Country Club (formerly Spokane Country Club) - Spokane, Wash.

If you stay at the pleasant, modern Northern Quest casino resort in Spokane, you can - and should - play this charming old layout with modern improvements by John Harbottle III.

Atlantic City Country Club - Northfield, N.J.

1948*, 1965, 1975
The birthplace of the term "birdie" is a must-play course for A.C.-bound golfers, especially since its 1999 restoration by Tom Doak.

Dunes Golf & Beach Club - Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Longevity, prestige and a fearsome reputation help elevate the Dunes above the crowded Myrtle Beach golf scene. Non-members can play here by staying at certain area hotels.

One of America's best examples of mountain golf, the William Flynn-designed Cascades is a great old golf course at a great old resort.

Scenic Hills Country Club - Pensacola, Fla.

Donna Caponi won the first of two consecutive Women's Opens at this course, which is now open to the public with green fees well below $50.

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club - Southern Pines, N.C.

1996, 2001, 2007
What Pinehurst No. 2 has become to the U.S. Open, perhaps Pine Needles will be to the Women's Open. Like No. 2, it's a splendid and carefully tended Donald Ross original design in the heart of The Sandhills.

Blackwolf Run (Composite) - Kohler, Wisc.

1998, 2012
Se Ri Pak catapulted South Korea into the spotlight as a force in competitive golf when she won here in 1998. The composite course consists of most of the Meadow Valleys layout's back nine and a selection of holes from the River Course.

Old Waverly Golf Club - West Point, Miss.

This club welcomes non-member play from overnight guests, and along with its newer partner course Mossy Oak Golf Club makes an excellent Deep South golf getaway.

The Broadmoor (East Course) - Colorado Springs, Colo.

One of the West's best resorts, the Broadmoor has hosted four different USGA Championships in its storied history.

Pinehurst No. 2 - Pinehurst, N.C.

The week after Martin Kaymer dominated, Michelle Wie West won her lone major championship with some inspired golf down the stretch.

CordeValle Golf Club - San Martin, Calif.

This Robert Trent Jones II design in Silicon Valley has hosted the PGA Tour and a couple USGA championships. Overnight guests of the attached Rosewood resort can arrange non-member rounds.

Most USGA Championships Hosted (Non-Private Golf Courses)

  • 11: Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • 10: Pinehurst No. 2
  • 7: Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside)

Most Different USGA Championships Hosted

  • 6: Pinehurst Resort
  • 5: Omni Homestead Resort, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (3 different courses)
  • 4: The Broadmoor, Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

U.S. Senior Open (5)

The University of Notre Dame's Warren Golf Club became the first college course to host a U.S. Senior Open in 2019.

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course - Stateline, Nev.

This lakeside layout appears on NBC airwaves every summer when it hosts the celebrity-packed American Century Championship, but you may not have known it hosted the sixth-ever U.S. Senior Open, won by Miller Barber.

Pinehurst No. 2 - Pinehurst, N.C.

This Senior Open, won by Simon Hobday, garnered the most entries in the championship's history to date: 2,390.

The Pete Dye-designed Straits has most recently been a PGA of America darling, but Brad Bryant captured a USGA championship here by three shots over Ben Crenshaw.

The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, Colo.

2008, 2018
David Toms won the most recent of two Senior Opens played here, using a composite routing from the East and West courses.

Steve Stricker brought this Coore/Crenshaw design to its knees, shooting 19-under and winning by six.

U.S. Senior Women's Open (1)

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club - Southern Pines, N.C.

Helen Alfredsson held off Juli Inkster and Trish Johnson in this newest USGA championship's second playing.

Walker Cup (0)

[All American-hosted Walker Cups contested at private clubs]

Curtis Cup (3)

The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, Colo.

The United States dominated the Great Britain & Ireland team by a score of 8-1 in the Curtis Cup's 12th edition.

Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades) - Hot Springs, Va.

The Americans extended their winning streak to five consecutive Curtis Cups at The Homestead, this time by a score of 13-5.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Pacific Dunes) - Bandon, Ore.

Captain Carol Semple Thompson led the United States side to an 11.5-6.5 victory over the GB&I team at this Tom Doak masterpiece.

U.S. Amateur (9)

In just over 20 years, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has hosted five different USGA championships, including the 2020 U.S. Amateur.

Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, Calif.

1929, 1947, 1961, 1999, 2018
In 1999, David Gossett beat Sung Yoon Kim 9&8 in one of the Amateur's most lopsided finals ever. That year, the championship received a record 7,920 entries.

The Broadmoor (East) - Colorado Springs, Colo.

1959, 1967
Jack Nicklaus claimed the first of his two U.S. Amateur victories here in 1959.

Pinehurst No. 2 (& Pinehurst No. 4) - Pinehurst, N.C.

1962, 2008, 2019
For the first time ever in 2019, the final match was played on two different courses: No. 4 in the morning and No.2 in the afternoon. Andy Ogletree bested John Augenstein, 2&1.

Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades) - Hot Springs, Va.

The Amateur, won here in '88 by Eric Meeks, is one of six different championships to have been contested at least once at The Homestead.

TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium Course) - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Seven years before his 2001 Players Championship victory, Tiger Woods won the first of his three consecutive U.S. Amateurs here, fist-pumping Trip Kuehne into oblivion.

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Matt Kuchar's memorable performance at the 1998 Masters was set up by his U.S. Amateur win here the previous summer, by a score of 2&1 over Joel Kribel.

Chambers Bay - University Place, Wash.

In extremely firm and fast conditions, Peter Uihlein added the Havemeyer Trophy to an impressive amateur career.

Erin Hills - Erin, Wisc.

A tactical error by Patrick Cantlay on the 33rd hole of the Championship match helped Kelly Kraft hoist the Havemeyer Trophy.

Tyler Strafaci held off Ollie Osborne in a thrilling final match earlier this summer at David McLay Kidd's original Bandon course, which put the remote southern Oregon coast on the golf map two decades ago.

U.S. Women's Amateur (7)

The Homestead hosted two U.S. Women's Amateurs nearly 70 years apart.

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort - Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa.

This 27-hole A.W. Tillinghast design at an quiet resort in eastern Pennsylvania unfolds mainly on an island in the middle of the Delaware River.

The Greenbrier (Old White) - White Sulphur Springs, W.V.

The Greenbrier's original Old White course is a pleasant and fun C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor design that is a rarity in that it is not the province of an exclusive private club.

Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades) - Hot Springs, Va.

1928, 1994
Wendy Ward defeated denied Jill McGill's attempt at consecutive U.S. Women's Amateur wins here in 1994.

Del Monte Golf Course - Monterey, Calif.

1940, 1948
This forested course that is part of the Pebble Beach Resorts group is one of the oldest west of the Mississippi.

Taconic Golf Club - Williamstown, Mass.

The home course of Williams College, Taconic is the best-preserved example of the work of Golden Age architects Wayne Stiles and John Van Kleek.

Pasatiempo Golf Club - Santa Cruz, Calif.

Dr. Alister MacKenzie's storied career took him all over the world, and Pasatiempo is a rare North American course of his that is both well-preserved and playable by non-members.

Pinehurst No. 2. - Pinehurst, N.C.

Vicki Goetze (Ackerman) defeated Brandie Burton in the Championship match here.

U.S. Senior Amateur (7)

Not only does it host a PGA Tour every year, but Harbour Town Golf Links also hosted the 1974 U.S. Senior Amateur.

Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) - St. Simons Island, Ga.

Merrill L. Carlsmith won this championship's ninth playing, which took it to Sea Island for its first and only visit.

Now a PGA Tour Champions stop, this course was one of the earliest designs by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge.

Harbour Town Golf Links - Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Long known as a PGA Tour host venue, this Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus collaboration is one of the more low-profile tests in both men's portfolios.

Quail Lodge (formerly Carmel Valley Golf & Country Club) - Carmel, Calif.

The course at this resort along the Carmel River received some welcome rejuvenation courtesy of Todd Eckenrode's 2015 renovation work.

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Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades) - Hot Springs, Va.

William Campbell was both the winner and the stroke-play medalist here in the first year the championship cracked 1,000 total entries.

Wild Dunes Resort (Links) - Isle of Palms, S.C.

The Links Course is one of about a baker's dozen layouts where architect Tom Fazio's design team was led by Mike Strantz.

Taconic Golf Club - Williamstown, Mass.

O. Gordon Brewer defeated Heyward Sullivan in the final match here, 2 up.

U.S. Senior Women's Amateur (15)

Now an annual PGA Tour Stop, Sea Island has also hosted seven USGA championships, including six U.S. Senior Women's Amateurs.

Lakewood Country Club - New Orleans, La.

Ron Garl's remodel of this course added bunkers shaped like flames on a handful of holes, a nod to the Firemen's Pension Fund of New Orleans, which bought the course in 2003 and reopened it in 2009.

Atlantic City Country Club - Northfield, N.J.

The U.S. Senior Women's amateur is one of three different USGA championships Atlantic City Country Club has hosted in its history.

Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) - St. Simons Island, Ga.

1971, 1980, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006
With six editions of the Senior Women's Amateur, Sea Island is tied with Pebble Beach among non-private courses for most hostings of a single event (Pebble has hosted six U.S. Opens).

San Marcos Golf Course - Chandler, Ariz.

This course, whose property is on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to 1928 and was designed by Harry Collis and William Watson, the latter of whom laid out 2020 PGA Championship host (TPC) Harding Park in San Francisco.

Lakewood Club - Point Clear, Ala.

1974, 1986
This club, which is accessible by guests of the nearby Grand Hotel, will host the 2021 Senior Women's Amateur. Its Dogwood and Azalea courses were originally designed by Perry Maxwell.

Dunes Golf & Beach Club - Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Alice Dye, whom husband Pete would admit was the best golfer in the family, finished runner-up to Dorothy Porter by a stroke in this playing of the championship, which remained a stroke-play event until 1998.

Kissing Camels Golf Club (West/South) - Colorado Springs, Colo.

Press Maxwell (son of Perry) designed the original 18 holes at the course belonging to the Garden of the Gods Resort. A third nine was added in 1998.

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club - Southern Pines, N.C.

The Senior Women's Amateur is one of four different USGA championships to be held at Pine Needles.

Golden Horseshoe Resort (Green) - Williamsburg, Va.

The Green Course is often overshadowed by the Gold, but for this Senior Women's Amateur, it took center-stage.

Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club - Southern Pines, N.C.

Pine Needles' neighbor and sister facility, also a Donald Ross gem, joined the USGA host-site family with this championship.

One of four courses at this resort, the Fazio Foothills enjoys classic Texas Hill Country scenery.

Pasatiempo Golf Club - Santa Cruz, Calif.

Pasatiempo has held two different USGA championships: the Women's Amateur and this Senior Women's Amateur.

Sunriver Resort (Meadows) - Sunriver, Ore.

Sunriver's Crosswater Club tends to get top-billing among visitors and media, but the honor of USGA host course goes to this Fred Federspiel design, later modified by John Fought.

The 1939 PGA Championship host course, this Maurice McCarthy design is a classic layout that guests of the Hotel Hershey can access.

CordeValle Golf Club - San Martin, Calif.

CordeValle got its feet wet hosting a USGA championship in this year before its star turn as 2016 U.S. Women's Open host.

U.S. Mid-Amateur (2)

Omni Homestead Resort - Hot Springs, Va.

Greg Puga defeated Wayne Raath in the final match of this championship, which drew more than 4,300 entries.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Dunes) - Bandon, Ore.

Trip Kuehne thrashed Dan Whitaker by a count of 9&7 at Bandon's original course.

U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur (3)

Oak Marsh's small greens and many wetland hazards make it an exacting test, an early Pete Dye design.

Atlantic City Country Club - Northfield, N.J.

The U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur became the third different championship hosted by the club.

Old Waverly Golf Club - West Point, Miss.

Megan Bolger defeated Thuhashini Selvaratmnam by a count of 5&4 in the final match here.

U.S. Junior Amateur (11)

Tiger Woods won his first of three straight U.S. Junior Amateurs at Bay Hill in 1991.

Alister MacKenzie's work here is among his most accessible, with the greens providing much of the course's character.

The original course at the U of I, designed by C.W. Wagstaff, opened just a year before hosting this championship.

The original William Diddel design (ca. 1934) was significantly redone by Pete Dye in 2016. The facility is also home to another Dye layout, the Kampen Course.

Taconic Golf Club - Williamstown, Mass.

Harlan Stevenson defeated Jack Rule, Jr. in the final match here.

The Golden Gophers' home course is just under 6,300 yards, but its lone Golf Advisor review describes it as "short but challenging."

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. laid out this strong course on the campus of his alma mater, Cornell University in 1941.

Kalispel Golf & Country Club - Spokane, Wash. (Formerly Spokane CC)

Aly Trompas defeated Eddie Pearce 3&1 in the championship match here.

Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan - El Cajon, Calif.

1973, 1989
This facility, now attached to the Sycuan casino resort, has two championship courses - Oak Glen and Willow Glen - as well as an 18-hole par-3 layout called Pine Glen.

Nearly 30 years before alumnus Jack Nicklaus redesigned this Alister MacKenzie original, Willie Wood captured the U.S. Junior Amateur title by defeating David Games in the final.

Bay Hill Club & Lodge - Orlando, Fla.

Tiger Woods' love affair with Bay Hill goes farther back than his eight Arnold Palmer Invitational victories. Nine years before the first of those, he won the first of his six USGA championships here, beating Brad Zwetschke in the final.

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Gold Mountain's two courses are a great public option in the greater Seattle area. Jordan Spieth won his second Junior Amateur here with a 6&5 win over Chelso Barrett in the final.

U.S. Girls' Junior (6)

SentryWorld hosted the 2019 U.S. Girls Junior.

This course, now semi-private, was redesigned by Arthur Hills in 1988. JoAnne Gunderson (Carner) kicked off a storied career with her victory here.

Leavenworth Golf Club - Lansing, Kan.

Part of the GreatLIFE golf and fitness club network, this course fans out beneath the clubhouse, which is perched on a hill.

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club - Southern Pines, N.C.

Having hosted four different women's championships, here's hoping Pine Needles continues to host top USGA championships and become an "anchor site" unto itself.

BanBury Golf Course - Eagle, Idaho

This John Harbottle III design, where water comes into play on nearly every hole, is located in the Boise suburbs.

Poppy Hills Golf Course - Pebble Beach, Calif.

Robert Trent Jones, Jr.'s 2014 renovation breathed new life and a new, sandy look into this Northern California Golf Association-owned and operated course. Yealimi Noh defeated Alexa Pano in the final after the championship received an all-time record of 1,606 entries.

SentryWorld - Stevens Point, Wisc.

This Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design was renovated by by RTJ II, Bruce Charlton and Jay Blasi in 2014 and is an excellent parkland play about 45 minutes north of Mike Keiser's excellent Sand Valley Golf Resort.

U.S. Four-Ball (2)

Pinehurst No. 2

In the third edition of this championship, Frankie Capan and Shuai Ming (Ben) Wong defeated Clark Collier and Kyle Hudelson in the final match.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald) - Bandon, Ore.

Tom Doak's Old Macdonald received its turn to host a USGA championship final, becoming the third of Bandon's courses to do so.

U.S. Women's Four-Ball (3)

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Pacific Dunes) - Bandon, Ore.

Pacific Dunes hosted the first edition of this championship, with Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga defeating Robynn Ree and Hannah O'Sullivan in the final.

Streamsong Resort (Blue) - Bowling Green, Fla.

Tom Doak's Blue course opened alongside the Coore & Crenshaw-designed Red in 2012, setting this central Florida resort on a quick path to prominence.

Dunes Golf & Beach Club - Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Alice Chen and Taylor Totland defeated Sammi Lee and Mary Ellen Shuman in the final match here, 4&3.

No longer played: The U.S. Public Links and U.S. Women's Public Links

The U.S.G.A. instituted the Amateur Public Links and Women's Amateur Public Links in 1922 and 1977, respectively. All editions of these championships were held at publicly accessible courses. Both championships were contested for the final time in 2014, and were subsequently replaced by the Amateur Four-Ball and Women's Amateur Four-Ball.

  • U.S. Amateur Public Links results history: click here.
  • U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links results history: click here.

USGA Men's State Team (3)

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - Fountain Hills, Ariz.

This Keith Foster design features a par-3 17th hole with an elevated tee affording dramatic views of the Valley of the Sun.

This Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design features an island green at the par-3 16th, which predates the one at TPC Sawgrass by nearly 20 years.

Dye draped this course across the top of ridges, giving it a Midwest-mountain feel and one of the highest Slope ratings in America.

(Last contested in 2016.)

USGA Women's State Team (3)

Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course - Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Joe Lee laid out this course in 1972, making it one of the earliest amenities within the Walt Disney World megacomplex. It hosted the first edition of this championship.

Westin Kierland Golf Club - Scottsdale, Ariz

This long-beloved Scottsdale resort has become a laboratory of sorts for on-course transportation with its "quintet of fun," giving golfers the option of using Segways, GolfBoards, golf bikes, TurfRiders or four-wheel "Ellwees" in addition to regular golf carts.

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Green) - Williamsburg, Va.

This edition gave Golden Horseshoe a two-fer, hosting both State Team championships in the same year.

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(Last contested in 2017.)

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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