For the first time in 75 years, the U.S. Open will be contested in Los Angeles. In 1948, Ben Hogan claimed the first of his four titles when he topped the field at The Riviera Country Club. While Riviera and this year’s host site, The Los Angeles Country Club, are separated by 6 miles, they do share something in common: both were designed by legendary architect George C. Thomas Jr. Thomas also created Bel-Air Country Club, which is hosting the 123rd U.S. Women’s Amateur in August.

Somewhere in heaven, Mr. Thomas is looking down quite fondly at his work.