U.S.G.A. Comes to Agreement with Shinnecock Indian Nation

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Three days before the first tee shot of this year’s United States Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island, the United States Golf Association, which conducts the event, reached an agreement on Monday with the Shinnecock Indian Nation that will allow the tribe to reap some parking revenue and will also establish a permanent golf facility on the Shinnecock tribal grounds.

The Shinnecock will offer parking for spectators on their territory adjacent to the golf course, according to a joint statement issued by the U.S.G.A. and the seven-person Shinnecock tribal council. The golf training facility, constructed by the U.S.G.A., will include driving bays, a short game area and putting greens for adults and children. The complex will be named for Oscar Bunn, a Shinnecock member who played in the second U.S. Open in 1896 held at Shinnecock Hills, a course situated on a strip of Long Island once owned by the Shinnecock Indians and built by a Shinnecock work crew.

The relationship between the U.S.G.A. and the tribe dates to that championship, with generations of tribal members working at the golf club thereafter as groundskeepers and caddies. When the event returned to Shinnecock Hills in 1986, 1995 and 2004, the tribe and the U.S.G.A. continued to partner in various ways, including arrangements that generated substantial financial benefits for the Shinnecock.

But leading up to this year’s U.S. Open, the 122-year relationship seemed to be fraying. Talks at one point appeared to have broken down with several tribal members dissatisfied by the terms of a proposed deal.

And Monday morning, as the event’s first practice rounds were taking place, some members of the tribe set up a protest area near the golf course. But by late afternoon, the tribal council and U.S.G.A. had come to a settlement.

“We sincerely appreciate the USGA’s efforts to work with the Shinnecock Nation with this year’s U.S. Open,” the tribal council said in a statement issued by the U.S.G.A. “We are very proud of the history we share and are excited to welcome the championship this week.”

Lance Gumbs, a member of the council, praised the agreement in a telephone interview Monday evening. Nonetheless, he said that the protests would most likely continue throughout the Open, which concludes Sunday. But Gumbs insisted the protests were not directed at the U.S.G.A.

“The protests are about our longstanding ties to the land itself — the land where the golf course and a lot of other properties sit right now,” Gumbs said. “The protests are to bring attention to the fact that our land was stolen without any compensation.”

The U.S.G.A. has invited various members of the tribe to participate in the opening and closing ceremonies at this week’s event, and nearly 20 members of the Shinnecock youth golf club will be part of a children’s golf clinic Wednesday at Shinnecock Hills.

“It is our hope that this effort binds the community in a meaningful way, honoring the past while providing opportunity for future generations to connect with the game we all love,” said Craig Annis, who directs the U.S.G.A’s communications and community affairs.

Annis added that the association hoped the golf facility would be a “place for Shinnecock golf enthusiasts and juniors to learn to play the game and enjoy it for a lifetime.”

The U.S. Open will be contested at Shinnecock Hills again in 2026.

When the U.S. Open was last at club, in 2004, the U.S.G.A. began routing the bulk of the spectator parking away from the golf course to avoid congestion near the tournament site. They have generally done the same thing this year.

But in recent weeks, the Shinnecock tribe and the U.S.G.A. collaborated to make it possible for vans shuttling spectators from parking areas on the Shinnecock tribal grounds to drop off guests at the site of the championship, less than two miles away. The Shinnecock parking lots are entered here off Montauk Highway near the Shinnecock Museum.

The tribe is describing the lots as premium parking that will cost $30 during Tuesday and Wednesday’s practice rounds and will increase to $50 during the competition rounds Thursday through Sunday.

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