In an effort to expand its impact in golf and extend its mission to champion and advance the game, the USGA will establish “Golf House Pinehurst” in North Carolina, to include a new equipment-testing facility, innovation hub, museum/visitor center and offices by 2023, and host five U.S. Open Championships in the golf-rich state by 2047.
The announcement adds four U.S. Open Championships to be contested on the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course – in 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047 – to the already scheduled 2024 event. The decision accelerates the USGA’s strategy to stage its premier golf championship at America’s most iconic venues with greater frequency. By doing so, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club will serve as the USGA’s first anchor site for the U.S. Open.
“There is no better place for the USGA to plant new roots than the Home of American Golf,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “Thanks to the vision of North Carolina, Moore County and Pinehurst leaders, we are taking a bold step forward and forging a long-term commitment that will elevate our championships, foster greater innovation in golf, and ultimately help grow the game.”
This is some fantastic news from the USGA! Though Pebble Beach may be considered the crown jewell of the US Open circuit, Pinehurst and the legend of Payne Stewart has catapulted the resort into the halls of golf lore. We will definitely see more and more memorable moments in North Carolina with the addition of four new US Opens at Pinehurst.
And here’s the thing about Pinehurst: there is so much more to the place than just No. 2. Sure, the Donald Ross designed course is the most famous, but you still have 8 other courses to choose from. I was able to play number 2, number 7, and number 9 when I was down there in 2015 and I can tell you that the conditions on every course is marvelous.
The best part about this move is not only adding in the operations, but creating a performance center and museum. People will be able to come to Pinehurst to see the USGA Golf Museum and relive all their favorite memories, while also see the future of the game in USGA Equipment Standards Test Center.
Overall, this move will help create another home for golf here in the US, and will hopefully help to grow the game!