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USGA Dubs Oakmont Its Second ‘Anchor Site’ for Championships



A look down the second fairway at Oakmont Country Club. (MIKE DARNAY/PGN)

OAKMONT, Pa. — The United States Golf Association announced Wednesday that Oakmont Country Club has been deemed its second ‘anchor site’ for enhanced championship involvement, with four men’s U.S. Opens, two women’s U.S. Opens, a Walker Cup and a women’s Amateur all set to occur here over the next three decades.

The 2025 men’s U.S. Open was already scheduled for Oakmont several years back, but this commitment to Pittsburgh’s crown golf jewel takes the relationship between it and the USGA as strong as any such partnership in the nation.

“Becoming a U.S. Open anchor site carries great meaning,” USGA championship chairman Fred Perpall told a crowd gathered in front of the clubhouse. “A celebration and recognition of the history made here, and the longstanding commitment to make history long into the future.

“Oakmont continues to test the best golfers in the world, and this commitment means we will bring our U.S. Open to its storied layout with greater frequency.”

Indeed, the only other ‘anchor site’ the USGA announced previously was Pinehurst in North Carolina, a designation made official last year. Oakmont has previously hosted 16 USGA championships, including nine men’s U.S. Opens.

“It’s a pretty exciting day for all of us here,” said Oakmont CC president Ed Stack, also the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods. “Oakmont couldn’t be happier.”

On top of the men’s U.S. Open in four years, Oakmont will also host in 2034, 2042 and 2049. Previous to this, Oakmont has welcomed the men’s U.S. Open roughly once a decade since the 1950s, with the longest gap in that timeframe being 13 years, from 1994 to 2007.

Most recently, Dustin Johnson prevailed at Oakmont in 2016. Past champions include Ángel Cabrera, Ernie Els, Larry Nelson, Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.

Oakmont has hosted two U.S. women’s Opens, with Patty Sheehan (1992) and Paula Creamer (2010) hoisting the trophy here. The championship will return in 2028 and 2038.

The Walker Cup, an amateur team competition featuring the best of the United States against Great Britain and Ireland, will pay its first visit to Oakmont in 2033, and the U.S. Women’s Amateur will debut here in 2046.

All in all, the announcement is a validation of Oakmont’s lasting status as one of the toughest tests in championship golf. Designed in 1903 by Henry Fownes, the course features no water hazards and very few trees since a mid-2000s renovation, re-establishing its links-like character.

Even during this week’s U.S. Amateur, it continues to test the best: The 312 stroke-play competitors averaged a score of 76.1 at Oakmont, roughly 6 over par on the par-70 layout.

In short, it’s the perfect place for the unforgiving events favored by the USGA.

“Mr. Fownes was really a genius,” Stack said. “He build this course with the expressed purpose of hosting national championships. As we all know, Oakmont is an exacting test of golf. It’s aligned with the USGA’s mission to identify the best players in the game.”

Keep tabs on the ongoing U.S. Amateur at Oakmont with our championship liveblog!

A 15-year veteran of sports media, Matt Gajtka (GITE-kah) is the founding editor of PGN. Matt is a lifelong golfer with a passion for all aspects of the sport, from technique to courses to competition. His experience ranges from reporting on Pittsburgh's major-league beats, to broadcasting a variety of sports, to public relations, multimedia production and social media.

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