Thirty-four days after a fire destroyed the historic clubhouse at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, the United States Golf Association (U.S.G.A.) has selected the club to host the U.S. Open Championships in 2034 and 2051.
In addition to the already announced 2031 and 2042 U.S. Women’s Opens, the U.S.G.A. has awarded Oakland Hills with the 2024 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 2029 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the 2038 U.S. Girls Junior, and the 2047 U.S. Amateur.
“We could not be happier to bring six additional championships to such an iconic venue as Oakland Hills,” says John Bodenhamer, chief championships officer at the USGA during a press conference today at the Detroit Athletic Club. “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.”
According to U.S.G.A. and club officials, the decision for Oakland Hills to host these events was made months before the fire and that that club rejected any offers to delay its participation in any of the events, including the 2024 U.S. Junior Amateur.
“We won’t have a clubhouse, but we’ll put on the best U.S. Junior Amateur ever,” says Rick Palmer, president of Oakland Hills. “This is a significant and meaningful day for all of us at Oakland Hills.
“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.”
With this announcement, 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 South Course at Oakland Hills, also 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, which aimed to return the property to its original early 1900s layout, included tree removal throughout the property and the reshaping of all 18 greens to their original specifications.
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.
The 2034 U.S. Open will take place 110 years after the first U.S. Open at Oakland Hills in 1924. The 2051 U.S. Open will be played 100 years after Ben Hogan won at Oakland Hills and give the course its Monster nickname.
Club officials also outlined a rough timeline for the clubhouse rebuild. Demolition, design, and municipal approvals could take up to a year with two years of construction.
In making the announcement Bodenhamer says, “From the ashes will come triumph.”