Historic US Open Returns to LA
Each year we expect a historic US Open. It is clear that this year will be no different but it is the location which has people talking. The US Open is no stranger to California nor is major championship golf in general. The Los Angeles area however has seen little to no majors in decades and the US Open specifically, not in 75 years. This year that all changes as the Los Angeles Country Club will play host to the 123rd US Open Championship.
The History of LACC
Los Angeles Country Club was founded in 1897 by a group of people looking to create awareness. Golf was a relatively new sport to the country at the time and the original site was only big enough for nine holes. The course was originally known as “The Windmill Links” but was relocated and renamed the “Convent Links” in 1898.
The new club at Beverly Hills opened in 1911 with tennis courts and 36 holes of golf. Over many years there have been many golf architects pass through Los Angeles Country Club. There were significant changes which took place in 1996 and 1997 by Herbert Fowler and George C. Thomas Jr. In 2015, renowned architect Gil Hanse was utilized to rebuild the south course.
Tournament History at LACC
Los Angeles Country Club has hosted the Los Angeles Open on five separate occasions, all before the end of World War II. California has always hosted many professional and amateur events recognized at a national level but this will offer a long time chance to host a major championship in Los Angeles.