Oakland Hills to host 2016 U.S. Amateur

Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be announced next week as the site of the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship, according to several U.S. Golf Association officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Until official announcements are made, the USGA does not comment about future sites for its championships.

Oakland Hills has two courses, South and North, each designed by Donald Ross. The South, which opened in 1918, has hosted six U.S. Opens, three PGA Championships, one Ryder Cup and one previous U.S. Amateur.

For the 2002 U.S. Amateur, won by Ricky Barnes, the 36-hole qualifier included one round each on the South and North courses. All matches were played on the South course.

Oakland Hills members and officers have made no secret of their desire to host a seventh U.S. Open. The USGA already has awarded U.S. Opens through 2019, and Oakland Hills apparently is seeking the 2020 national championship.

In the modern era, several U.S. Open courses also are being used for the U.S. Amateur. This list includes the 2010 U.S. Amateur location, Chambers Bay near Seattle, and the 2011 U.S. Amateur site, Erin Hills near Milwaukee.

Other future U.S. Amateurs previously awarded: 2012, Cherry Hills, near Denver; 2013, The Country Club, in the Boston suburbs; 2014, Atlanta Athletic Club; 2015, Olympia Fields, south of Chicago; 2018, Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

The PGA Tour no longer has a tournament in the greater Detroit area, adding some significance to the successful efforts of Oakland Hills to remain in a prominent position on the USGA tournament calendar.

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