June 2017 promises to be golf heaven in Wisconsin
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U.S. Open venue
Situated 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee in the town of Erin, the 652-acre Erin Hills is described as a course created by nature and revealed by architects. Designed by noted golf course architects Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten, the most challenging aspects of the course are its endless change in contours, which were formed by the colliding glaciers that covered Wisconsin 20,000 years ago.
Erin Hills already hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship, and Griffin has no doubt it’s ready for the big stage with the world’s top golfers. She has some company. Mike Davis, executive director of the U.S. Golf Association, says Erin Hills compares to other renowned U.S. Open sites, including Pebble Beach, Shinnecock, and Oakmont.
Griffin concurs with that assessment. “Honestly, when you’re at Erin Hills, it reminds you a little bit of Ireland,” she states. “It’s an oasis. It’s beautiful.”
There are some challenges because the course is 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee and about 65 miles from Madison. While it’s a little off the beaten path, the recent history of premier events at Whistling Straights suggests that Wisconsinites are ready and willing to travel to world-class golf events.
“We haven’t had a lot of trouble convincing people that this is literally and figuratively a once-in-a-decade opportunity,” Griffin says, “and they have rallied around that.”
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