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Is the USGA Going Public?

Posted on: February 8, 2008 2:52 pm

To borrow a term used by an insuferable snob in Caddyshack, let's hear it for the hoi polloi.

That means the little guy, the working man, the proletariat.

The USGA, long the exclusive province of guys named Muffy and Chip, has finally begun to acknowledge that the general public is part of its national base, too.

The news on Friday that Chambers Bay has been added to the U.S. Open lineup for 2015 was surprising on several levels. Firstly, the course is seven months old and has zero credentials as a tournament venue. Yet a particularly appealing part of its selection is that it's a county-owned facility located outside Seattle.

With public tracks like Bethpage Black and Torrey Pines already in the Open pileline, that means that 8 of 17 courses used to stage the Open from 1999-2015 will have offered access (the total includes Pebble Beach and Pinehurst, which are open to the public with restrictions) to the working-day stiffs like you and me.

Glad to see, finally, that the USGA has recognized that there are quality courses that, firstly, don't have $300,000 initiation fees, and secondly, are located outside New York and New Jersey. 

The blue blazers have embraced the blue collars.

I'm going to buy an Old Milwaukee draft, a stale hot dog and a sleeve of X-out balls just to celebrate.







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