For the first time in the history of the U.S. Open – which stretches back to 1895 – the world’s greatest golfers will come to Wisconsin’s Erin Hills to play for this year’s coveted trophy and a winner’s purse of over $2 million.
Running from June 12th to June 18th Wisconsin’s Erin Hills is only the sixth public access course to host the Open. The course, 35 miles north-west of Milwaukee, is perfect to fly to, with Waukesha and Dodge county airports close by for private flights.
The stunning course at Erin Hills – Image courtesy of Erin Hills
The course is pretty unique, laid over the glacier-formed kettle moraine and surrounded by wetlands and river, with the fairways planted with fine fescue to emphasise the natural undulation of the land. Many will find it challenging, including current favourite, world number 1, Dustin Johnson.
The South Carolinian had to pull out of the recent Masters Tournament in Augusta after suffering from a fall, with Sergio Garcia taking that title – his first major championship – and the Spaniard will be looking to see whether he can keep his form up as he starts behind an impressive pack of big names, at least in terms of the betting odds.
The Lodge at Erin Hills – Image courtesy of Erin Hills
The course at Erin Hills offers its own smart accommodation, with The Lodge recreating the charm of an Irish inn with antique furniture, luxury linens and deep wooden tones. For a little more privacy there are also 4 bedroom cottages a short stroll from the fairway, which share the homely aesthetics of the lodge.
Offering an Irish pub and terrace to relax in in the evening, and through the day for a lunch break, plus The Clubhouse, with outside dining on the porch with views across the rolling terrain and inside, with its stunning cathedral ceilings and a two-story stone fireplace. Private dining and meeting space is also available for small groups.
Relax at the Clubhouse – Image courtesy of Erin Hills
The fairways at Erin Hills stretch to 39 acres though the total property size reaches over 650 acres. Designed by Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten it is a relatively new addition to the golf scene, opening in 2006.
Many consider hole 9 as the course’s signature hole, and following on from the big holes, the short and precise 9th can come as a jolt to a player. Featuring an elevated tee and exposure to the wind, it is a challenge. The back-left bunker is also not visible from the tee and many players fall foul of this if they’re not careful.
Visit the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee
Away from the golf, if you are a motorcycle fan head to Milwaukee to the Harley Davidson museum and stay across the road at (most likely) the world’s first motorcycle-themed hotel, The Iron Horse. The luxury boutique hotel is something of a rarity in the city and expect urban loft living, well-stocked fridges in the rooms, plus a gym and spa.
This June head to the Midwest to see the world’s greatest golfers compete on one of America’s most interesting golf courses. Relax and unwind in Erin Hills’ wonderful accommodation and be sure to indulge in some very fine local Wisconsin cheese to top off a perfect getaway for any golfing fan.
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