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Regarding the dates way into the future, I think the USGA is being pretty smart about the whole thing. Because while the U.S. Opens are getting all of the headlines, the USGA is also securing sites for some of their championships that don’t get as much publicity or generate as much revenue. Oakland Hills - for example - is also going to host a Women’s Open, a Boys’ Junior, a Girls’ Junior and an Amateur. Merion is getting two women’s opens and two Opens. Oakmont will host women’s opens, a Walker Cup and a Women’s Am. I think it is a great move that the USGA is using the lure of the U.S. Open to ensure that other championships get good sites.
Rare for a club to enter/re-enter the Open rota without hosting a major male amateur event. For LACC, it was Walker Cup. For others, US Amateur. You won't see a surprise that doesn't follow that pattern. Even TCC did it, albeit nine years prior.
RE: John Blain's point two posts up (and I know that he knows this) events with Juniors and Ams serve as wonderful test runs for Opens. Since the young-uns rear back and let it fly, the USGA gathers great data to use for those upcoming Open championships.