Erin Hills is on the clock as 2017 U.S. Open host

Gary D’Amato, Journal Sentinel
8:22 a.m. EDT June 21, 2016

Erin Hills is on the clock.

Six years after being awarded the 2017 U.S. Open by the United States Golf Association, the sprawling public-access course three miles west of Holy Hill in the Town of Erin is in the final countdown to the first men’s national championship ever held in Wisconsin.

This year’s Open, staged at Oakmont Country Club outside Pittsburgh, ended Sunday.

“It’s very humbling to know we’re following in the footsteps of Oakmont, a nine-time U.S. Open venue,” said John Morrissett, the competitions director at Erin Hills. “For six years now we’ve known it’s coming and that knowledge has played into so many decisions that we make both on and off the golf course.

“We’re preparing for it and we’re ready. We can’t wait.”

The United States Golf Association’s decision to bring the U.S. Open to Erin Hills represents a leap of faith.

The course opened in 2004 and is a neophyte compared with traditional venues such as Oakmont,…

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