Six historic venues on tap for U.S. Amateur starting in 2021
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Olympic Club (Courtesy of Olympic Club)

The next generation of U.S. Amateur venues has been announced – and it looks a lot like those from generations past. If there’s a theme with the upcoming venues, it’s history.

The USGA announced sites for the nation’s premier amateur event from 2021 to 2026. They include:

2021: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
2022: Ridgewood (N.J.) Country Club
2023: Cherry Hills Country Club, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
2024: Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, Minn.
2025: The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, Calif.
2026: Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa.

It’s a lineup of old favorites, and every course has hosted the U.S. Amateur before. In fact, when Merion hosts the 2026 event, it will establish records for most USGA championships hosted by a club (20) and well as most U.S. Amateurs (six). The five-time U.S. Open venue hosted its first USGA event, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, in 1904. Hugh Wilson designed Merion’s East Course, where Bob Jones won two of his record five U.S. Amateurs (1924, 1930).

“This distinguished group of future U.S. Amateur sites aligns the USGA’s oldest championship with courses of historical significance and proven competitive excellence which will be beneficial to both the player and fan experience,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “Amateur golf is primary to the USGA’s mission and the partnerships with these prominent clubs affirm our commitment to supporting and growing amateur competition.”

The 119th U.S. Amateur will be played Aug. 12-18, 2019 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., while the 2020 championship will take place at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, in Bandon, Ore., Aug. 10-16.

Information from the USGA used in this report

ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent amateur competition in the world. Applications are typically placed online in the spring at www.usga.org.

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