Quiz: Which State Has Hosted the Most US Opens?

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Answer: New York. The Empire State has hosted a total of 18 championships. Next week, the 113th US Open kicks off at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. This year’s event puts Pennsylvania in second place with a grand total of 16 championships. Illinois rounds out third place with 13 championships. An average of 200,000 people attend America’s golf championship. There are forecasts that show US Opens generate an economic impact of $160 million for the host city and state.
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Here is a break down of the states and how many times they have hosted the US Open:
New York 18
Pennsylvania 16
Illinois 13
California 12 – Even though it seems more often
Massachusetts 9
New Jersey 8
Ohio 7
Michigan 6 – Thought it would be more with so many great courses
Maryland 5
Minnesota 4
Colorado 3
Oklahoma 3 – Hot time of the year to host an event
Texas 3
Missouri 2
North Carolina 2
Georgia 1 – They get the Masters every year so I don’t feel bad for them
Rhode Island 1 – Hosted the first US Open in 1895 and it has never returned
Shinnecock Hills Clubhouse by Eric J. von Hofen

Most frequent venues:
8 Opens: Oakmont Country Club – 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, and 2007
7 Opens: Baltusrol Golf Club – 1903, 1915, 1936, 1954, 1967, 1980, and 1993
6 Opens: Oakland Hills Country Club – 1924, 1937, 1951, 1961, 1985, and 1996
5 Opens: Winged Foot Golf Club – 1929, 1959, 1974, 1984, and 2006
Pebble Beach Golf Links – 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, and 2010
Olympic Club – 1955, 1966, 1987, 1998, and 2012
4 Opens: Myopia Hunt Club – 1898, 1901, 1905, and 1908
Inverness Club – 1920, 1931, 1957, and 1979
Merion Golf Club – 1934, 1950, 1971, and 1981
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – 1896, 1986, 1995, and 2004

From 1942 – 1945 the Open was cancelled due to World War II. It was also cancelled from 1917 – 1918 due to World War I.

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Countries with the most winners:
United States 79
Scotland 14
England 5
South Africa 5
Australia 2
Northern Ireland 2
Jersey 2
Argentina 1
New Zealand 1

Just some fun facts to think about and to use with your buddies in the 19th Hole.

One more for you – Donald Ross has designed the majority of the courses that have hosted the US Open.

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