Excited by the publicity received by awarding the 2015 U.S. Open to Chambers Bay, a course that opened only last year, the USGA announced today that the 2017 U.S. Open will go to Pinebluffs Oasis, a Pete Dye course that not only hasn't opened yet, but hasn't even been designed. That said, USGA President Jim Vernon said the theoretical venue is "simply specatcular."
According to the USGA, the course will be located "in beautiful western Kentucky (or Nevada)" and will feature "a classic woodsy design... or maybe a desert feel." Architect Pete Dye said while he hasn't had a chance to "design the thing," he was leaning toward an 18th hole that would measure close to 700 yards, or "enough for six or seven hospitality tents." For now Dye's time is focused on testing potential logos on consumers and so far people seem to be responding toward the one with a bird sitting on a tee.
Critics have complained that handing out majors to untested courses is a dangerous precedent, but Dye shook his head at the thought, calling the argument "offensive to the great people of Kentucky. Or Nevada."