Oakland Hills to rise from the ashes with Major tournament boost

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Oakland Hills to rise from the ashes with Major tournament boost

Oakland Hills Country Club after the devastating fire in February (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Oakland Hills Country Club will rise from the ashes with news that the venue will host the US Open in 2034 and 2051, a huge boost for those still counting the cost of last month’s horrendous fire.

$80million worth of damage was said to be inflicted after the blaze ripped through the clubhouse, destroying a bunch of prized golf memorabilia in its path. The club will also host two US Women’s Opens in 2031 and 2042 while in further good news, the South Course at Oakland Hills will play host to the 2024 US Junior Amateur, the 2029 US Women’s Amateur, the 2038 US Girls’ Junior and the 2047 US Amateur.

 

“This is a significant and meaningful day for all of us at Oakland Hills,” said Rick Palmer, club president. “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.”

The iconic Michigan venue has hosted six US Open through the years and three PGA Championships, including in 2008 when a fist-pumping Padraig Harrington got the better of Sergio Garcia in a nerve-jangling duel to land back-to-back Majors and his third overall.

Oakland Hills was also the site of European Ryder Cup bliss as German legend, Bernhard Langer led his team of merry men in blue to a resounding nine point win on away soil in 2004. Fitting then, that such a historic and meaningful place for so many remains firmly on the tournament schedule in the face of such devastating news last month.

“We could not be happier to bring six additional championships to such an iconic venue as Oakland Hills,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA chief championships officer. “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.”

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