The USGA and Town of Brookline continue to work through the development of a comprehensive sustainability plan, including collaboration with vendors, suppliers, and exploration of local resources. It is expected the formal USGA Sustainability Plan will be submitted to the Town of Brookline in the Spring 2022.
For more information on sustainability plans that have been presented to the Community Partnership Committee, please visit: https://www.brooklinema.gov/2008/US-Open-Community-Partnership-Committee and click on the November 10, 2021 and January 19, 2022 video recordings in the “Meeting Video Recordings” section.
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Yes, limited onsite construction has begun to help prepare The Country Club for heavier construction beginning in March 2022. Construction vehicles will continue to enter The Country Club through the club’s main entrance as well as The Country Club’s East Gate, located on Clyde Street near the Newton Street intersection.
The U.S. Open construction process is organized by the USGA and typically takes three months to complete. Infrastructure will begin being delivered around March 7 with construction of temporary U.S. Open facilities immediately following. Construction and support personnel will increase in the weeks leading up to the championship as more contracted vendors and suppliers arrive onsite to focus on their respective operations. It is forecasted that March construction hours of operation will take place between approximately 7:00am-5:00pm, April 7:00am-6:30pm, May 7:00am-7:00pm, and the first weeks of June 6:00am-9:00pm for final preparations. Subject to weather, some days may require shorter or longer hours based on the work needing to get accomplished to meet construction timelines. The USGA is working with the Town of Brookline for a Noise Ordinance Variance to assure compliance based on specified dates of construction and championship week operations.
Teardown and restoration of impacted areas (including green spaces) will begin immediately following the championship. It is anticipated teardown will be completed around mid-August barring any significant weather delays. Remediation and restoration to impacted areas will immediately follow the teardown of facilities.
The USGA is working with various Town of Brookline Departments, amongst other respective jurisdictional agencies, to ensure all operational facets are up to prevailing codes and regulations and appropriate permits are secured.
With increased vendor activity and infrastructure onsite, the USGA is committed to ensuring the grounds of The Country Club are a safe and secure environment. The USGA has contracted with a security team that is responsible for providing daytime and overnight protection of the golf course and associated infrastructure. To assist nighttime security, temporary and portable light towers have been installed around the golf course to provide adequate lighting for security personnel to perform their necessary duties. The Country Club and the USGA are sensitive of the potential impact light towers can have on neighboring residences. Should light towers be causing any unwarranted lighting issues to residents (i.e. strong lights shining into residential windows), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and home address. The USGA will make every effort to reposition the light tower(s) in question. As security of The Country Club is a primary concern, the USGA sincerely appreciates local residents understanding of the championship’s comprehensive security plan.
As construction and vendor activity begins increasing in mid-March, it is anticipated there will be added daytime noise around the championship site. In the weeks leading up to the championship, the construction hours of operation will steadily get longer and longer. As such, the USGA is working with the Town of Brookline to establish a noise variance for the associated work.
The approximate daytime hours of construction are as follows: March 7:00am-5:00pm, April 7:00am-6:30pm, May 7:00am-7:00pm, June 1-12 6:00am-9:00pm for final preparations. During the week of the U.S. Open (June 13-19), the USGA, The Country Club, its suppliers, public safety and law enforcement partners will conduct a coordinated and thorough U.S. Open overnight servicing and restocking program that will take place between the hours of 9:00pm-5:00am. Recognizing deliveries will not be able to take place during the daytime hours of play, servicing and restocking will be completed overnight to ensure the integrity of the championship grounds and security perimeter. More information on this potential for neighbor impact will be communicated in the Spring of 2022, including a public noise variance hearing at a TBD date..
The USGA has committed to the Town of Brookline that it shall conduct the championship using commercially reasonable practices for energy conservation and a reduction in solid waste. The USGA has actively engaged with The Country Club, Brookline’s Director of Sustainability, and the Community Partnership Committee to begin vetting through best practices, green initiatives, and opportunities for the 2022 U.S. Open. The USGA will be responsible for submitting to Brookline for review and approval a formal and detailed plan in support of its commitment to run a “green” event.
As part of the USGA’s mission to champion and advance the game of golf, the USGA is committed to leading a game that is sustainable for generations of future golfers to enjoy. To learn more about the USGA’s organizational initiatives to be a leader in the golf industry, please visit usga.org and click the “Advancing” tab.