U.S. Open Championship 2022


Host Agreement with USGA - U.S. Open Championship

The Country Club, Brookline June 2022

Town Administrator’s Presentation to the Select Board

July 27, 2021

Brookline-U.S.-Open-Course



Brookline U.S. Open Dates

Brookline U.S. Open Past Champions

Brookline Golf History


Why Host the US Open?

  • To Celebrate Brookline’s Unique History and Tradition of Golf

  • TCC is a Charter Member of the USGA and host to many prominent tournaments over time
  • Famed 1913 US Open that elevated the popularity of golf in the United States led by young amateur player Francis Ouimet from Brookline
  • Was host to the famous 1999 Ryder Cup


  • To Generate Economic Activity

  • Local businesses will be used and local residents will have opportunities to volunteer and work
  • Excise taxes will be generated on hotels and meals


  • To Improve Municipal Property

  • Long term improvements will be combined with restoration for temporary use


  • To Create Community Excitement and Benefits

  • Funding for community based non profits, programming for youth and other events
  • Ensure that the tournament will reflect Brookline’s values of equity and sustainability



Major Elements of the Agreement

  • Provision of Municipal Services

  • Public Safety and Traffic Control
  • Licensing for Food and Beverage
  • Building Permits for Temporary Structures and Services


  • Use of Municipal Property

  • Putterham Golf Course
  • Larz Anderson Park
  • DPW Landfill Facility


Community Benefits

  • Brookline preference for volunteers, employment and commerce
  • Ticket packages for community fund raising
  • Merchandising partnership
  • Special programming



Provision of Municipal Services


  • Public Safety and Traffic Control

  • Police/fire personnel funded by USGA through private duty detail program/rate
  • EMS partner Fallon Ambulance contracted by USGA separately
  • Public Safety command post in clubhouse fed/state/local presence (possible funding)
  • Required DPW personnel funded by USGA at 1.5 of relevant contract rates


  • Traffic Management Plan

  • Developed in coordination with Town using Howard Stein Hudson/Tom Tinlin


  • Licenses and Permits

    • Town and USGA to negotiate consolidated permit fee based on volume of activity
      • Food and beverage
      • Building permits


Use of Municipal Property:
Lynch/Putterham


  • To provide for facilities, staging, parking and patron access

  • Attachment A describes location and purposes of access
    • Internal parking, network compound, public safety command post
  • Temporary road construction for two weeks beginning in November 2021
  • Non exclusive pre/post tournament access for staging from June 1 to June 9 and from June 21 to June 30
  • Exclusive tournament access June 10 June 20.
  • Town Administrator discretion during inclement weather


  • Terms

  • Reimbursement of all lost revenue in June of 2022, including greens fees, cart/club rentals, driving range, concessions and merchandise sales ($250,000 --$350,000). USGA will facilitate partial course use to offset this loss
  • $150,000 rental fee
  • Repair/improvements to all areas used by USGA


  • Hospitality Venue

  • USGA commits to allow Town to host oversubscribed hospitality opportunities at market rates



Use of Municipal Property:
Larz Anderson

  • To provide for pre ticketed parking and a shuttle/drop off area

  • Attachment C describes location and purposes of access
    • Up to 600 parking spaces on grass area and certain paved areas. Different footprint and scale from the Ryder Cup
    • Shuttle depot/drop off
  • Non exclusive pre/post tournament access for staging from June 6 to June 12 and from June 21 to June 24
  • Exclusive use of licensed premises from June 13 June 20. All other areas of the Park will be open to the public.
  • Town Administrator discretion during inclement weather


  • Terms

  • $50,000 rental fee
  • $100,000 contribution (cash or in kind) to support preferred capital project
  • Repair/improvements to all areas used by USGA


Issues Related to Larz Anderson Park Use

  • USGA Need to Accommodate “Staff” Parking and its Attendee Shuttle Program

  • Efforts to secure other nearby locations have been met
  • Historical use and expectations
  • Temporary and infrequent (last tournament was in 1999)


  • Management of Larz Anderson Park During Tournament Week

  • Challenges of enforcement of parking, drop off and other activity if no organized program


  • Financial Benefits

  • If not “sufficient” what is?

Brookline U.S. Open Use

Use of Municipal Property:
DPW Transfer Station Area

  • To stage equipment and materials for delivery to TCC

  • Attachment B
  • Phased between March 1 through July 31


US Open Community Benefits

  • Economic Impact

  • Priority Brookline Business Program (hotels and restaurants)
  • Priority Employment and Volunteer Program for Brookline residents
  • Excise taxes on food, drink and hotel rooms
  • General tourism


  • Merchandising

  • Authority to sell official USGA merchandise (no Internet sales)
  • 20% royalty with $100,000 guaranteed net profit
  • Town banner


  • Community Programming

  • Community Partnership Committee Town of Brookline and The Country Club
  • Use of complimentary ticket packages for community fundraising ($120,000 face value)
  • Programming community events


  • Other

  • Community values racial equity and environmental sustainability
  • Long term relationship between the Town and TCC (example Brookline Youth Fund)


Community Partnership Committee

  • Authorized by the Select Board

  • Joint leadership and membership from Town and TC C

  • TCC membership reflects community investment and diversity
  • Town membership represents multiple interests/values
  • Select Board liaison role

  • Chaired jointly by the Town and TCC

  • Ken Goldstein and Kate Leness
  • Supported b y senior staff of each organization


  • Advocate and support aspects of the Agreement with USGA relating to community benefits and community values


  • Develop community programming and excitement around the US Open


  • Work to build long term relationships and a framework for future events at TCC


Next Phase

  • Community Partnership Committee Process

  • Refinement of Use and Restoration Plan for Municipal Property

  • Development of Traffic Plans and Event Logistics


  • Thank you’s

  • Staff (Recreation Director Leigh Jackson and Golf Director Justin Lawson,
  • Associate Town Counsel Michael Downey)
  • DPW, Police and Fire, Building and Health departments
  • Ken Goldstein
  • Paul Saner and Ken Lewis


Presentation of USGA Agreement (pdf)