The Los Angeles Country Club: All You Need to Know About the Venue of The U.S. Open Men’s Tournament

Published 06/06/2023, 10:40 AM EDT

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For its 123rd edition, the USGA is taking the U.S. Open to a relatively mysterious venue which is the Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course. However, the LACC is highly prestigious and one of the most revered golf courses of all time.

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Since 2019, the iconic course has always been ranked inside the top 20 of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, published by Golf Digest. So, what is the history behind this iconic course? What other professional tournaments have been played at the LACC? Let’s dive in to find out more!

History of the Los Angeles Country Club

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The Los Angeles Country Club in California was founded over a century ago, in 1897. The individuals who laid down the foundation stone for the club were a bunch of wealthy businessmen who were extremely passionate about golf. One of the oldest and most exclusive golf courses in the United States, the club’s first golf course was situated in LA’s Pico Heights Area. The original version boasted just nine holes and was called “The Windmill Links.” Eventually, its 18-hole course was founded and was named the “Convent Links.

As the course grew in popularity, they had to find a brand-new location. Later, a brand-new clubhouse came into being in 1911. It was opened in Beverly Hills, along with tennis courts and 36 holes of golf. The Beverly Hills setting is still home to the Los Angeles Country Club to this day.

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During 1996 and 1997, the North and South courses of the LACC underwent large-scale renovation. Later, in 2010, the North Course once again went through substantial restoration.

Professional golf tournaments held at the LACC

Over the years, the LACC has served as the host to a great number of famous tournaments. The coveted golf club has two championship courses, the North and the South course, both of which have seen many great golfers accomplish stunning feats.

The club has hosted five editions of the Los Angeles Open, including its inaugural edition in 1926. The four other times the LACC hosted the event were in 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1940. Most recently, in 2017, the 46th Walker Open was held at the LACC. The United States emerged winner in the event that year.

The 2023 U.S. Open marks the first time the club has hosted the prestigious event. In fact, it is also the club’s first time hosting a major championship. It is also the first time in 28 years that a men’s major event will be held in the Los Angeles area.

The 2023 U.S. Open

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The LACC’s North Course will serve as the turf for the 2023 U.S. Open. This is the 123rd edition of the U.S. Open, which returns to the Los Angeles area after 75 years. The tournament will kick off at the club’s North Course at the LACC,  which boasts a classic layout and has hosted several classic tournaments in the past.

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The U.S. Open is a 72-hole stroke play event that will be held from June 15th to 18th. In the past, many icons of the game, including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy, and more, have claimed the trophy. The reigning champion of the major is English golfer Matt Fitzpatrick. In 2022, Fitzpatrick had finished one stroke ahead of runners-up Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris to clinch the title. He is set to return to defend the title at the Los Angeles Country Club.

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The hosting of the iconic major event at the Los Angeles Country Club is a crucial milestone for both the club and the city of LA. The 2023 U.S. Open is expected to solidify LACC’s place as one of the most esteemed golf courses in the world!

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