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Another Course Will Come to Golfers’ World
Although now is 2011, the address of the Open for 2017 has been decided. Earlier this week, USGA executive director Mike Davis mentioned Erin Hills' potential to emulate elite venues such as Pebble Beach, Shinnecock Hills and Oakmont.
It is said that there wasn't even a golf course on this rolling piece of land before 2006. Now Erin Hills is ticketed for stardom.
Set in the glacier-molded landscape of southeast Wisconsin, the 7,660-yard, par-72 course is hosting the U.S. Amateur this week and bigger things are coming down the road. In many respects, this week's tournament is a dress rehearsal for the 2017 U.S. Open.
Its defining characteristic is its length.
"I love this place," said Cranston, R.I.-based amateur Bobby Leopold. "My caddie was like, 'it’s 7,800 yards, and it doesn't really suit your game that much.' I said I really like it. I love this style of golf. I mean, this golf course is, I think, one of the best I've played with my irons. It's really, really good. Conditions are awesome. If you hit your driver well, you get rewarded. That's how it should be."
Leopold grew up in England, so he has some idea of what it's like to play with his new irons in windy conditions. Still, he was surprised at just how much the wind factored in at Erin Hills.
"It's long," Leopold said. "When the wind blew yesterday, some of those holes were just brutal. But at the same time, it's like playing links golf. Once the winds turn around, once you get the holes downwind, you can take advantage. You've kind of just got to survive the ones going into the wind, and take advantage of the ones downwind."
Although the course only opened in 2006, it already has been through an ownership change and extensive renovation.
Michael Hurdzan, another architect who helped design the course, said he was happy to hear players can with their Discount Golf Gifts to play, officials and fans back up what he has felt about Erin Hills all along.
"This golf course is a wonderful golf course, even if it didn't have this kind of a tournament,"
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