an effort to expand its impact in golf and extend its mission to champion and
advance the game, the USGA plans to establish “Golf House Pinehurst” in North
Carolina. It will 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.
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.
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
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.”
plan, conceived during the past several years, came to fruition through a comprehensive
economic development effort that involved representatives from the North
Carolina General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, the Department of
Commerce, Moore County, the Village of Pinehurst and economic development
total $25 million investment over the next several years includes the
construction of two buildings to be located near the clubhouse on the historic
Pinehurst Resort property, housing 50 full-time USGA staff members.
campus will feature the USGA’s Equipment Standards Test Center – a laboratory
dedicated to testing golf balls and clubs for conformance to the Rules of Golf.
It will replace the current facility on the USGA’s Liberty Corner campus and
enable significant new investment in advanced technology required to perform
this global governance function.
also will serve as the USGA’s base for its work to advance the game of golf
through innovation, research and science, in collaboration with some of the
state’s leading universities.
USGA Golf Museum experience will also be added, giving visitors a chance to
delve into the association’s premier collection of golf artifacts and connect
them more deeply with the game’s rich history.
studies estimate that the total economic impact of the USGA’s long-term
presence will exceed $2 billion to the state of North Carolina. More than 1
million visitors travel to Pinehurst annually.
USGA, the Village of Pinehurst and Pinehurst Resort all celebrate their 125th
anniversaries this year.
USGA and Pinehurst Resort have a deep and storied history of partnering to
foster the game of golf and crown its greatest champions,” said Bob Dedman Jr.,
speaking on behalf of the Dedman family, which owns Pinehurst Resort. “We are
honored to be selected as the U.S. Open’s first anchor site, an unprecedented
distinction and testament to Pinehurst No. 2’s legacy and future as a
championship test for the world’s greatest golfers.”
so much of the game’s history is rooted in timeless traditions, both the USGA
and Pinehurst have embraced innovation in golf course architecture, agronomy,
equipment design, player development and the Rules of the game,” added Dedman.
“We’re excited to work with the USGA as they create leading edge equipment and
training facilities to advance the game, as well as a new visitor center to
link the past to the present and future.”
addition to four newly scheduled U.S. Opens, the USGA will bring its other
premier championships to the state at an increased rate, including, but not
limited to, the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s
Amateur, U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior.
championship frequency will allow the USGA and Pinehurst to make future
investments that will enhance the association’s ability to create a first-class
player, corporate partner, fan, volunteer and media championship experience.
The streamlining of operating costs due to the permanent presence will also
allow the USGA to increase its annual investment in the game.
Carolina has hosted 33 USGA championships since 1955, including last year’s
U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort. The 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur
Championship will be conducted at the Country Club of North Carolina in
Pinehurst and the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open will be played at Pine Needles Lodge
& Golf Club in nearby Southern Pines before the U.S. Open returns to
Pinehurst No. 2 for its fourth playing in 2024.
is expected to begin in Spring 2022. Formal design plans are not complete;
however, the new buildings will be no more than two stories tall and reflect
the aesthetic of the village and Pinehurst Resort.
staffers based in Pinehurst will include members of the championship operations,
Research and Test Center and Green Section teams. The number represents
approximately 15 percent of the USGA’s current workforce and will include some
of the game’s foremost scientific and golf management experts.
administrative building in Pinehurst will feature educational exhibits and
memorabilia from the USGA Golf Museum and Library in Liberty Corner, which
serves as the primary repository of golf history and learning in the world.
majority of USGA staff will continue to be based at the association’s main
campus in New Jersey.