Erin Hills - Erin Hills, WI
Coming in at #8 on Golf Digest's America's greatest 100 public courses is Erin Hills! The course easily made the PJKoenig top 10 courses that I have played. Erin Hills has passed the test on hosting the 2011 U.S. Amateur and will be the home for the US Open in 2017. This will be the first time the Open has been played in Wisconsin.
Unconventionally for Wisconsin, the course features fine fescue with bent grass greens and is built on 652 acres formed by glaciers. Designed to accommodate the crowds and challenge required for the US Open, the course can play up to nearly 8,000 yards. Within its first 5 years of operation, the course closed twice for significant changes after observations on how some of the holes actually played . Today it stands ready to host one of the largest audiences in the game. In my opinion, the US Open at Erin Hills will be a run away success.
For my round, I snuck in an early tee time with a fantastic 3 some who was missing a fourth due to a bad back. I was an impromptu guest for their 27th annual golf buddies trip! Thanks for having me guys. After bogeying the 1st 5 holes, the outlook was bleak for a good score. Of all things, a clutch bogey putt on #5 got my round going and I played holes 6-15 in 2 under par. The highlight of the day being a long birdie putt from the bottom of the slope on the tough 10th hole. I found the green complexes to present a lot of different and fun options with the mix of bent grass greens and fescue fairways. I can't wait to watch the Open in 2017!