Tuesday, October 8

The Big Four Venues of U.S. Open Golf

IN A RECENT GOLFWORLD STORY, John Feinstein unpacked rumors about the future of U.S. Open venues and revealed the four American courses that are expected to host the U.S. Open once a decade or so.

"It's pretty clear that we love Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Oakmont and Shinnecock," United States Golf Association CEO Mike Davis said in the article.

"Those four meet all our criteria: They're great tests of golf, they set up logistically either very well or well enough, and—being honest—we're going to make money when we go there. We're a nonprofit, but the U.S. Open financially supports everything else we do—all our other championships and all the golf programs we sponsor—among other things."

The U.S. Open will return to Pinehurst in 2024, Oakmont in 2025, Shinnecock in 2026 and Pebble Beach in 2027.

But Davis shot down the rumors that the USGA would pursue a rota of four or five courses (the fifth would be Winged Foot) for its marquee championship or have an ongoing business arrangement with the famous golf clubs.

"Let me be honest," Davis explained. "We don't have to go into business with anyone. We want to play the Open on the best possible golf courses, but there are very few places that might turn us away. We will always have options."

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