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USGA expands into Pinehurst, commits U.S. Opens

The association will establish its 2nd home at the N.C. resort and use the iconic No. 2 course as an anchor site for the U.S. Open

Announced: By the USGA, that it will move some of its operations from its headquarters in New Jersey to Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and establish the famed No. 2 course as the first anchor site for the U.S. Open, the association said Wednesday in a news release. The center, to be known as Golf House Pinehurst, will house an equipment-testing facility, a museum/visitor center and offices, to be open by 2023. The agreement also includes five U.S. Opens at the No. 2 course, beginning with the previously announced 2024 edition, plus 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047. The plan hinged on an economic-incentive package that was approved Tuesday by the Pinehurst Village Council. The $25 million development will include construction of two structures near Pinehurst’s clubhouse to house 50 full-time USGA employees. The USGA’s main headquarters and museum will remain in Liberty Corner, N.J. Pinehurst is home to nine 18-hole courses and a par-3 course. The No. 2 course, a 1907 Donald Ross design that underwent a 2010 restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, has hosted three U.S. Opens (1999, 2005 and 2014), the 1936 PGA, the 1951 Ryder Cup and the U.S. Women’s Open (2014), among numerous other national and regional events.

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