I have no beef with the USGA's administration of the Rules of Golf and they run the series of national championships very well. My problem relates to their use of their funding and the overall governance.
The USGA had $157,000,000 in revenue in 2012 and at the end of the year they had a net worth of $314,000,000. Virtually every year their revenue/income exceeds expenses by a wide margin. Their net worth increased $51,000,000 year over year. The Board of the USGA is sitting on a ton of money and the pile continues to grow. With the new Fox contract, the rate of increase is likely to accelerate. Why does a non-profit need that size of a war chest? What are their long range plans to spend it?
We should see more coming out of the USGA that is directed at the public access golfer other than a public relations campaign like "While We're Young." The USGA gets a lot of support from public golfers and from my viewpoint, doesn't return a lot in the form of services.
It would also be nice to see some different types of faces on the USGA Board. The entire selection process seems a bit incestuous with everyone coming from essentially the same background.