The USGA may be taking the U.S. Open to New England for the first time in more than a quarter century.
According to a Boston Globe report, the organization has accepted an invitation from The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., to stage its most prestigious event in 2022. The Brookline Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday to execute a letter of intent, with USGA officials reportedly participating in the discussion.
The Country Club has hosted the U.S. Open three times, most recently in 1988 when Curtis Strange beat Nick Faldo in a playoff. It famously hosted the event in 1913, when unheralded amateur Francis Ouimet captured the title. More recently, the course played host to the 1999 Ryder Cup and the 2013 U.S. Amateur, won by Matthew Fitzpatrick.
According to the report, officials from both sides will meet in the coming months with the hopes of reaching a formal agreement before an Oct. 31 deadline. The USGA's chief concerns appear to be logistics, with neighboring municipal courses likely needed to meet parking and spectator shuttle needs.
"We can confirm that we have been in discussions with them related to a future U.S. Open championship ... I can also tell you that we're not quite there yet," Janeen Driscoll, USGA director of public relations, told the Globe. "I wish I could absolutely confirm that we're coming, but we're still in the middle of trying to assess viability."
U.S. Open host sites are already committed through 2021. After Chambers Bay this summer, the event will head to Oakmont (2016), Erin Hills (2017), Shinnecock Hills (2018), Pebble Beach (2019), WInged Foot (2020) and Torrey Pines (2021).