US Open 2017

Erin Hills US Open

Erin Hills Golf Club will host the 117th US Open for the first time in the tournament’s history on June 15-18.

Erin Hills is located in Erin, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee and this will be the state’s fifth major championship after hosting four previous US PGA Championships, as well as the 2011 US Amateur Championship.

The course is spread out over 650 acres and with the massive slopes across all the greens and fairways, paired up with the unpredictable weather; this is probably the closest course America has to a links course we see every year at The Open.

Of all the back tees, Erin Hills can play up to 8100 yards which would make it the longest course in US Open history. This would smash the previous record held by Hazeltine National Golf Club at 7,674 yards for the 1991 US Open.

Dustin Johnson goes into the tournament as defending champion after hitting a winning 72 hole score of 3-under-par at Oakmont last year.

Last year’s amateur world number one, Jon Rahm, is set to play in his first US Open as a professional after finishing in a tie for 23rd and low-amateur at the tournament last year.

Major champions: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcilroy are all set to feature this year, as well as new US Masters Champion Sergio Garcia with the current world number one, Dustin Johnson, entering as the tournament favourite.

Is the US Open too difficult

Erin Hills – host of this year’s US Open – looks poised to be an absolute brute. Is that a good thing? Well, it depends on your disposition. For what…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 1

Greeting the players for their first tee shot at this year's US Open is this challenging Par 5. Normally a good chance for a birdie, but most of the field…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 3

The wetland on the left and left and right fairway bunkers challenge the tee shot, requiring players to hit a pinpoint shot if they wish to have a good position…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 4

There's no let-off for the players as they make their way to the fourth hole, as this is widely regarded as the most demanding hole on the course.

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 5

With its fairway flowing over the natural contours and the surrounding openness, the 5th hole best captures the character of Erin Hills, as a course very reminiscent of a links…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 8

With its right-to-left dogleg and left-to-right slope of the fairway, the 8th is the tee shot where the player who has the ability to shape his shots at will, although…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 9

The treacherous back-left bunker is key to this hole as it is not visible from the tee and many players whose tee shots looked good in the air walk away…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 10

The player needs to hit his tee shot down the hill. The closely mown area right and behind the green can be used to work the ball with a longer…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 12

The 12th hole is yet another that showcases the drastic contours of Erin Hills. The tee shot, towards a narrow left-to-right 90° fairway, must reach the plateau to afford the…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 13

Standing over the ball, the player’s eyes are drawn immediately to the expansive bunker left of the green, to which a swale in the left side of the green directs…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 15

The 15th hole at Erin Hills presents the player several options – to lay up short of all the bunkers, to place the tee shot in the middle of the…

Erin Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 16

At first glance one might think that left is a good place to miss the green in that the hill should kick balls down towards the green. However, there are…