A while back Oakmont went away with the explanation from WGT that the agreement they had with Oakmont came to an end.
Merion has recently done the unthinkable and closed for the better part of a year to make significant changes to the course. The reasoning was that with advancements in club and ball technology, many of the course hazards no longer came into play, and thus the course no longer presented the intended challenge. With the fixed total area constraints, they are unable to move any tees or greens, but bunkers have been moved and some new ones have been created, fairways have been reshaped. The newly configured course is set to reopen in the spring.
My question is - is there any chance that Merion will go away considering that, come spring, what we have here will no longer be an accurate representation of Merion? My gut tells me the powers that be at Merion would not be too pleased with that fact.