US Open week is upon us and this year, the season’s second major championship will be held at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. Like Chambers Bay in the 2015 US Open where Jordan Spieth was victorious, Erin Hills is a public golf course and relatively new on the scene, at just 11 years old. Dustin Johnson will look to defend his title after capturing his first Major Championship at this event last year at Oakmont Country Club.
And like Chambers Bay, the golf course will play long depending on how it’s set up. If the USGA were to maximize its length, it could be the longest in US Open Championship history at 7,741 yards. Erin Hills will also be played as a par 72, the first time that an US Open course will be par 72 since the 1992 US Open Championship at Pebble Beach.
Despite its length, Erin Hills will not be a bombers’ paradise. Although fairways will be wider than the usual US Open standard, any errant shots will be extremely penal. Aside from the typical rough found at this tournament, the fescue will also be a factor as they’re both thick enough where the golf ball may not be found. But Erin Hills will reward solid ball-striking, with green complexes that makes missing on the right side of the green vital in achieving success in this tournament. In the flyover videos below, catch a glimpse of the challenges golfers will face in the 117th US Open Championship.
Source: Erin Hills Golf