The United States Golf Association has named Erin Hills in Wisconsin as the site of the 2017 U.S. Open. The USGA has also announced its intention to award the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open Championships to Pebble Beach Golf Links.
“We are thrilled to bring the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur to these two outstanding golf venues,” said Jim Hyler, USGA president. “Pebble Beach offers a spectacular setting and boasts a long tradition of major championship golf. Erin Hills, though just a few years old, has justifiably earned its reputation as one of the premier facilities in the nation.”
For Erin Hills, the 2017 U.S. Open will mark the third USGA championship in its short history. It was the site of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, and will serve as the site of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship, to be contested Aug. 22-28.
The news of Erin Hills promotion to US Open venue had been long rumored, and is a tribute both to the design of the layout by Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten, as well as the vision and drive of original founder Bob Lang. The golf course certainly has the space needed to handle large crowds, provided the infrastructure and hotel room numbers are adequate then we are sure it will be a successful event.
Mike Davis, USGA senior director of Rules and Competitions, has long admired Erin Hills and describes it as “one of the greatest natural inland sites for a golf course that I have ever seen.”
For chief course architects Hurdzan and Fry, this was a golden opportunity to produce a strong, naturalistic layout and the tweaking done since first opening has created a test as stern as any other on the US Open roster.