Erin Hills and The 2017 US Open Travel Guide
Travel Tips and Insider Information
By Brian Weis
Erin Hills, located in the heart of Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine is the site of the 2017 US Open. After the USGA awarded the major, Erin Hills has been the buzz of the Badger State. If you are planning on attending the event or playing the course, here are some tips from a guy who lives a driver, nine iron away.
The hardest part of your travels will be spotting the small wooden sign marking the entrance. The course and club house are tucked a mile off County Road O in the rolling terrain known as The Holy Hill area. So keen eyes will be needed the last stretch of your journey. Do not feel bad if you drive past it. On my first trek to the course, I drove past it 3 times. I was told the minimalistic entrance replicates the great courses in Ireland. Grand entrances and pearly gates are not needed when the golf course is that good.
For jet-setters, the largest and most convenient path is Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). Your 45 minute drive will pass through the outskirts of Metro Milwaukee along Highway 894 and north on Highway 41.
Depending on your itinerary, travelers can entertain flying into Illinois' O'Hare International (ORD) or Madison's Dane County Regional Airport (MSN).
Tickets will go on sale after the 2016 US Open.
2017 US Open Volunteer Opportunities
The US Open will be in need of 5000+ volunteers. Information to volunteer will be available in late 2015.
Where To Stay
On site lodging is available for golfers and groups. The lodge offers bed and breakfast style rooms above the Irish pub. In addition, four cottages (each with 4 bedrooms) can accommodate up to 16 guys.
For those attending the US Open, those accommodations will not be available for the general public. For those looking for the closest hotel rooms should try hotels in Hartford, West Bend or Occonomowoc. If you want to be close to the venue you better book early. If you are booking your travels late, check for rooms in Milwaukee and a 60 mile radius from golf course including Madison, Fond du Lac, Waukesha, and Green Bay.
Rental Housing Available
Contact the course or check craigslist for rental housing in the area. If you are not looking to throw wild parties and trash a place, I might be able to hook you up with friends and neighbors that are looking to rent their house for the week. Contact Brian Weis via email at brian at golftrips dot com.
There are only a few rural roads that lead to the venue. The most popular/busiest routes will be Holy Hill Road/Highway 167 coming from the Northeast and Highway 83/164 from the South. I would encourage everyone to study a map for Northern and Western routes. While there are no major highways to Erin Hills, there is no rush hour or heavy traffic to contend with.
Please refer to the championship website in June 2017 to see where spectator parking will be and the recommended routes to those lots.
The course is expansive rolling hills with long walls from green to tee. I strongly encourage wearing comfortable golf shoes.
June in Wisconsin is unpredictable and spectators should plan for all weather conditions. The temperatures can swing from mid 50's to the low 80's.
While Erin Hills features 18 signature holes, you will want to grab your camera or smartphone on the 18th tee box. The iconic clubhouse and historic Holy Hill Bascilla on the hill top in the distance backdrops the long par-5.
Playing The Course
Erin hills is a walking only course and not for the faint of heart. The walk is enjoyable but at times hilly. Caddies are strongly encouraged. Your walking buddy will not only read your putts and spot errant shot in the long fescue but he/she will lighten your load along the seven mile walk.
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG).
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional and national level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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