How Would You Rate the USGA's Effort to Introduce New Courses to the US Open Rotation?
Since 2000, the USGA has (or will have) played the US Open on 5 courses for the 1st time:
- 2002 Bethpage Black (revisited in 2009)
- 2008 Torrey Pines South (designated as a venue again in 2021)
- 2015 Chambers Bay
- 2017 Erin Hills
- 2023 Los Angeles CC North
IMO, the USGA is batting at least 0.500, with successes in 2002 and 2008. I would say the verdict is mixed for 2015 and 2017.
Was it worth it to do this exercise to find one unqualified gem, Bethpage Black, at the expense of having to experience the debacle at Chambers Bay? Put another way, were any of these US Opens better for having played at these venues instead of at a more traditional venue like Oakmont or Pebble Beach?