U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst

No. 2 course hosts its fourth major in 25 years

U.S. Open flags flap in the breeze during a practice round ahead of the 2024 U.S. Open. (Mike Ehrmann/USGA)
U.S. Open flags flap in the breeze during a practice round ahead of the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. (Course No. 2) in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Monday, June 10, 2024. (Mike Ehrmann/USGA)

PINEHURST — Once again, the golf world comes to Pinehurst.

The club’s famed No. 2 course will play host to the 2024 U.S. Open this week, with 156 of the best golfers in the world playing for one of the coveted major titles.


This is the 124th U.S. Open. The tournament began play in 1895 and was not held for a total of six years during the two World Wars. It’s the fourth time Pinehurst has hosted the Open, all on No. 2. Here’s what happened the other three times.

1999: Payne Stewart was the only player under par for the tournament, beating Phil Mickelson by one stroke. Tiger Woods tied for third.

2005: Michael Campbell became the first player from New Zealand to win the open, beating Woods by two strokes. Campbell had made the tournament field less than a week before as a final qualifier.

2014: Martin Kaymer had the fourth-largest winning margin in U.S. Open history, beating Rickie Fowler by eight strokes. He led wire-to-wire, becoming the first German to take the title.

Pinehurst is just the second club to host four Opens in a 25-year span, and the first to do so in 116 years.

Who’s playing

The top 58 golfers in the world are all in the field, a group that includes some of the sport’s biggest names—Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. Also competing are Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. Mickelson and Matt Kuchar will become the only players to compete in all four Pinehurst U.S. Opens.

If you go

Tickets are still available for some sessions, but they’ll cost you. Daily gallery tickets are available for each of the competition days, ranging in price from $175 on Thursday to $235 on Saturday. Grandstand tickets are available, ranging from $325 to $375, depending on the day. Pinehurst has a clear bag policy.

Parking is complementary at two fan lots, and shuttle service will take fans to the course. The Red Lot is north of the course on route 73, while the Blue Lot is south, off of route 1. There is no public parking on Pinehurst grounds. Fans can also arrive by bike, golf cart or train.

Bikers need to park in one of the public lots and take a shuttle. There are dedicated golf cart lots located close to the grounds.

Amtrak has set up a special train service is set up from Raleigh for tournament week at $25 each way. It’s one train a day that leaves Raleigh at 7:00 a.m., arriving at Pinehurst at about 9:10. The train back to Raleigh leaves at 6:35 p.m.