LACC goes against traditional rulings, sort of, for U.S. Open
The Los Angeles Country Club is set to host the 123rd U.S. Open this week, and it will be quite a different scene from the typical “people’s U.S. Open.” The club, which is known for rejecting any prospective members with entertainment ties to Hollywood, is a place where captains of industry roll putts and mingle. Despite being located in Tinseltown and surrounded by the homes of many famous entertainers, LACC prefers not to have them as members. Bing Crosby famously lived alongside the 14th hole and wanted to become a member, but was not welcome because of his ties to Hollywood. The club has, until now, wanted to remain hidden in plain sight.
This week, the club will have its moment in the spotlight, as it hosts the U.S. Open. Ironically, many of the tournament attendees will be the very types of people the club has eschewed as members over the years. The event is expected to be a glitz-and-glamour and be-there-to-be-seen event, with around 75 percent of the 22,000 tickets per day being corporate-based, leaving a much smaller percentage to the common sports fans.
Despite rejecting offers from the USGA to host a U.S. Open in the past, LACC’s North Course is ranked 16th on Golf Digest’s 100 greatest courses in America. Stan Kroenke, owner of the L.A. Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Arsenal, among other sporting franchises, bought out the entire LACC pro shop for the week as his own luxury suite overlooking the first tee.
The U.S. Open may certainly leave some longing for another people’s U.S. Open, especially as they learn more about the strange and unique history of LACC.
Q: What is the Los Angeles Country Club known for?
A: Rejecting any prospective members with entertainment ties to Hollywood.
Q: Has the club wanted to remain hidden in plain sight?
A: Yes, until now.
Q: Who was not allowed to be a member of LACC because of his connection to the entertainment industry?
A: Bing Crosby.
Q: What percentage of U.S. Open tickets are corporate-based?
A: Around 75 percent of the 22,000 tickets per day.
Q: Who bought out the entire LACC pro shop for the U.S. Open this week?
A: Stan Kroenke, owner of the L.A. Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Arsenal.
LACC deviates from conventional norms, to some extent, for U.S. Open.
The 123rd U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club (LACC) is not your usual people’s tournament. Unlike Bethpage Black U.S. Open, where almost everyone from the New York metropolitan area has played or watched a pro tournament, most people in LA don’t even know where LACC is, despite lying on one of the busiest streets, Wilshire Boulevard. Nevertheless, LACC wanted to keep a low profile and be “hiding in plain sight,” which is precisely what it did until this week.
The club has built a reputation for rejecting any prospective members with entertainment ties to Hollywood despite its location in Tinseltown. Although it’s not a place for high-profile actors, directors, or famous musicians, it is where captains of industry come to play and mingle. Bing Crosby, who famously lived by the 14th hole and wanted to become a member, was not welcome due to his ties to the entertainment industry.
Even though LACC is surrounded by many famous people, the club doesn’t want them as members. But now, it has its moment in the spotlight as it hosts the U.S. Open, which it had rejected offers from the USGA to host for years. The club prefers to keep to the large corporations who have bought 75 percent of the 22,000 tickets per day for this US Open, making it an event to be seen. That makes it quite the opposite of a people’s tournament, and many will leave longing for another.