Oakland Hills makes bid to host seventh U.S. Open

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Oakland Hills last hosted the U.S. Open in 1996.

It’s been 20 years since Oakland Hills Country Club hosted the U.S. Open, but the club in Bloomfield Hills is looking to get back in the rotation for the country’s premier golf championship.

According to Lee Juett, the general chairman at Oakland Hills, the country club that has hosted the event six times has applied to once again bring the U.S. Open to southeast Michigan. The United States Golf Association has announced sites for the Open through 2024 and Oakland Hills is looking to get on the schedule sometime after that.

“We have extended an invitation to host another championship,” Juett said. “It has not proceeded beyond that.”

Last July, the USGA announced the sites for 2022-24, meaning any announcements beyond that won’t be coming anytime soon.

In the meantime, Oakland Hills is preparing to host the U.S. Amateur this summer, the first time the country club has hosted a USGA event since the U.S. Amateur in 2002. This year’s tournament runs from Aug. 15-21 and both the North and South courses will be used.

This year’s U.S. Amateur will be the 11th USGA event at Oakland Hills. In addition to the two Amateurs, Oakland Hills has hosted six U.S. Opens -- 1924 (won by Cyril Walker), 1937 (Ralph Guldahl), 1951 (Ben Hogan), 1961 (Gene Littler), 1985 (Andy North) and 1996 (Steve Jones).

In addition, Oakland Hills hosted the 1929 U.S. Women's Amateur (won by Glenna Collett) as well as the U.S. Senior Opens in 1981 (Arnold Palmer) and 1991 (Jack Nicklaus).

Oakland Hills has also been closely associated with the PGA of America, hosting the PGA Championship in 1972 (Gary Player), 1979 (David Graham) and 2008 (Padraig Harrington), as well as playing host to the 2004 Ryder Cup, won by the European Team.

Future U.S. Opens

2016: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.

2017: Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.

2018: Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, N.Y.

2019: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

2020: Winged Foot, Mamaroneck, N.Y.

2021: Torrey Pines, San Diego

2022: The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.

2023: Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles

2024: Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.