Erin Hills GC is a big golf course and plays difficult for the average player. Most golfers play the 3rd and 4th sets of tees from 6425-6750 yards, but those still have slopes of over 131-135. In total there are 7 sets of tees and combinations of tees, and the course can stretch from 5889 yards for the forward tees to over 8000 yards and slope 145. The entire course is fescue grass, with the wavy rough framing the holes so that every tee box appears to have a “signature hole” appearance. In fact, we found that almost any hole at Erin Hills could be considered the “signature hole”, because quite frankly there are no weak ones! You can expect that The USGA will, for at least one day of the 2017 US Open, make it the longest course in the history of major golf championships. Golfers liken Erin Hills to Bethpage Black in New York, or Shinnecock GC, with long undulating fairways, penal fairway bunkers, well protected greens and high rough just off the fairways. “Hit the ball straight today” is what the course starter states on the first tee, and it rings true perhaps here more than most other courses. Having said that, after one round on Erin Hills, you get the feel for the layout, and the second round and thereafter become much more score-able.
There are no carts, so players are highly encouraged to take a caddie. Rest assured, the caddie program is among the nation’s best and the well qualified “loopers” are all seasoned professionals, some working winters at Augusta and other prestigious sun belt clubs.