In a year highlighted by a West Coast major championship, the USGA has officially anchored itself to the East Coast for the foreseeable future. The USGA’s primary offices in New Jersey will not be moving, but it is opening up a second location in Pinehurst, North Carolina,that is expected to house an equipment-testing facility, innovation hub, museum and visitor center and offices for up to 50 USGA staffers.

Of course, this is closely tied to the USGA’s relationship with Pinehurst No. 2, the crown jewel of this nine-course resort (not to mention the Cradle, a fabulous par-3 course nearby). In conjunction with the USGA’s move, No. 2 will receive five future U.S. Opens, it was announced this week. Those years will include 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047.

The 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst was already planned, but the…

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