Site of the 2017 U.S. Open Championship, the Erin Hills Golf Resort is located 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee and 115 miles from Chicago. With its dramatic ridges, contours and panoramas, the golf course promises to be a spectacular venue for the U.S. Open. Golf Digest rates Erin Hills as No. 8 in its list of “America’s Greatest Public Courses.” Vacationing golfers also love the extensive practice facility with bunkered greens for targets and the top-notch caddie program.
Enhancing the overall experience are the beautiful stone and wood lodge and cottages, which exude the warm, comfortable ambience of a rustic Irish country inn. You’ll enjoy exceptional fare at the Clubhouse Dining Room, a classic steak house with its cathedral ceilings and two-story fireplace, and the Irish Pub Terrace, where a superb selection of scotch, wine and beer awaits you.
After a great round on the course, you can rejoice in your remarkable surroundings with a cool libation or hot drink around the outdoor gas fire pits on the brick terrace overlooking the first hole. It’s one of those amazing settings where you’re almost guaranteed to say: “It doesn’t get any better this.”
Erin Hills Golf Course
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.
Accommodations at Erin Hills
The rooms are beautifully decorated with luxurious, period style antique furniture, ultra-comfortable beds, large flat screen TV’s, and large well-appointed bathrooms with powerful rain showers. You can choose from individual rooms and suites, or opt for a 2, 3 or 4 bedroom suite with a luxurious living area, kitchenette and card table, among other amenities. The 4 bedroom cottages, named Ballybunion, Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, are as good as it gets and are comfortable beyond belief. The Irish Pub is a warm, welcoming place for post golf cocktails, and the outdoor patio with the gas fire pits are a great way to enjoy après golf cocktails. The Clubhouse Dining Room is excellent, with a fantastic chef, high quality food, and a nice wine list. You can even dine outside on the porch overlooking the golf course, for alfresco style evenings. A few small breakout rooms are available for a private dinner or meeting, making Erin Hills a perfect small group venue.
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