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Tue, June 18, 2013

US Open is coming....eventually!

Fresh off the U.S. Open finishing Sunday at Merion in Pennsylvania, the USGA hosted members of the media Monday at Erin Hills, south of Hartford.  For the first time in our history,  Wisconsin will host the United States Open Chamionship in 2017. This is a big deal!

First of all, the course is amazing. Built in 2006 and tweaked along the way, Erin Hill is absolutely worthy of hosting the Open.  The Championship tees will stretch to nearly 7,800 yards for the Open.  Sure, it's long, but also very undulating, dangerous and features firm, fast greens. A slightly misplaced shot can spin off the surface and into deep bunkers or wispy tall grass up to your knees! I know, I was in more than a few of them yesterday!

Two holes to watch for: the 3rd hole is a par four monster that will play 500 yards to an elevated green that is extremely sloped and treacherous. And then the par five 7th, which will likely stretch to 620 yards for the Open!  If it's into the wind, it could feel like a 700 yard hole! Yikes!!

Sure, it's early, but the USGA is getting the word out now that the U.S. Open is coming to Wisconsin. Along with another PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup coming to Whistling Straits, there's a lot to be proud of in the State's golfing community.

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