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Ed Carruthers

Which Course Hosted The First US Open?

Where was the first US Open Held?

For the first time in 75 years, the US Open will return to Los Angeles, with city set to host the third Major of the season in June. 

The championship last came to the California city in 1948, where Ben Hogan claimed his third Major title at the Riviera Country Club, situated just six miles west of this year's venue, the Los Angeles Country Club. 

Ben Hogan plays at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles in 1948. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Over the years we've watched many golfers battle their way around some of the most prestigious golf courses that America has to offer, with the US Open being regularly touted as 'golf's toughest test'. 

Last year's winner, Matt Fitzpatrick, claimed his maiden Major title at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is renowned as the site of Team USA's historic 1999 Ryder Cup victory, that has since been labelled the 'Battle of Brookline'. 

But it is not the first time in recent memory that the US Open will be coming to California, with Jon Rahm clinching his 2021 title at the notoriously difficult Torrey Pines Golf Course, situated 123 miles south of the LA Country Club in San Diego. 

Matt Fitzpatrick plays from the bunker on the at the 2022 US Open Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.  (Image credit: Getty Images)

And over the years we've certainly seen a fair few of the best players in the world succumb to some of the hardest courses that have been chosen to host the historic Major.

From Shinnecock Hills to Pebble Beach, the US Open has been played at a wide range of iconic venues, but where was it first held?

The seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Which course hosted the first ever US Open?

While the Oakmont Country Club currently boasts the accolade of having hosted the most US Opens (9), the inaugural event was held in Rhode Island back in 1895.

The Newport Country Club, situated on the south-east side of the island, was the site of that tournament and has interestingly never hosted the men's Major since. 

The clubhouse pictured at Newport Country Club in 1957, one of the oldest golf courses in America. (Image credit: Getty Images)

British golfer Horace Rawlins triumphed to become the first US Open champion, topping a field of 11 other players to claim victory and $150 in prize money. 

The Newport Country Club's golf course was actually only designed a year before the US Open took place and was the conception of course architect William 'Willie' Davis. 

At the time it only featured nine-holes, but was later expanded to boast a full 18 in 1899. 

Tiger Woods plays a shot at the 1995 US Amateur Championship at Newport Country Club. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Since then it has been re-modeled on several occasions, with legendary designer A.W. Tillinghast putting his stamp on the course in 1925 before it received a further update by Ron Forse in 1995.

Newport Country Club would also go on to host the US Amateur Championship in 1895 and 1995 before hosting the US Women's Open in 2006. 

Meanwhile, the second-ever US Open championship was held a year after Rawlins' win in 1896 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, one of the most iconic courses on the US Open circuit. 

Jason Day plays a shot during his final round at Oakmont Country Club at the 2016 US Open. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Shinnecock has now hosted the event five times and will do so once again at the 2026 US Open.

The championship will return to the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina in 2024, before once again being played at Oakmont the following year. 

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