The start of play at the 2017 United States Open Championship possessed a historical significance that rivaled the golfing competition itself as, most notably, it was one of the handful of occasions in which the 117 year old event was played on an original design in which the architects themselves were present. The gestation of Erin Hills, co-designed by Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten, is as unique as the 652 acres upon which it rests. Its whirlwind ascent to eminence and instant love affair with the USGA is unprecedented. It represents a demonstrable effort by golf’s governing body to change the perception of what a golf course should be by publically showcasing “firm and fast” playing conditions to a “brown is the new green” refrain. It marks a return of our countries National Championship to the Midwest on a “heartland” stage; a course that is neither linksland nor parkland but rather a practical combination of finest qualities of each. And by all measures, despite Mother Nature’s withholding her wind and drought so characteristic of that time of year, this carefully calculated experiment proved a resounding success among players, media and fans alike leading most open-minded observers to believe that while this is the first Major to be held at Erin Hills, it will surely not be the last…

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Highlights from the 117th US Open

This executive selection illustrates the finest of before, during and after US Open media coverage.

  • Golf Channel Video
    Erin Hills designers discuss the course
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    Lessons from Erin Hills
    by Bradley Klein, Golfweek
  • US Open 4
    The Making of a U.S. Open course
    Erin Hills, Part 1
  • Golf Channel Video
    The Wild Story behind Erin Hills
  • US Open 5
    Like Nothing Else
    by Bradley Klein, Golfweek
  • Golf Channel Review
    Erin Hills Review
  • US Open 6
    What Erin Hills got right
    by Jaime Diaz, GolfWorld

The Venue

These images will be forever etched in time, as well as the annals of US Open history.

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    The green complex of the diabolical 15th.
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    The approach to the sinuous 14th.
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    The volcanic green of the 2nd.
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    A mystical view of the 18th punctuated by the iconic Holy Hill.
  • US Open 11
    The authors Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten answer questions on their creation.
  • US Open 12
    A view behind the 12th. The only hole so perfect it was a staple of every design iteration.
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    The profoundly intimidating par 3 9th.
  • US Open 14
    The 5th hole uncovered with nothing more than a lawn mower.
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    The magnificently fluid par 4 3rd.
  • US Open 16
    From behind the seemingly benign par 4 17th.
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    An aerial of the 11th depicting all three Erin Hills bunker types.

Future US Open Venues

These layouts require no introduction and represent the pinnacle of golf course architectural genius.

  • Shinnecock Hills (2018)
    Shinnecock Hills (2018)
  • Pebble Beach (2019)
    Pebble Beach (2019)
  • Winged Foot (2020)
    Winged Foot (2020)
  • Torrey Pines (2021)
    Torrey Pines (2021)
  • Los Angeles CC (2023)
    Los Angeles CC (2023)
  • Pinehurst (2024)
    Pinehurst (2024)
  • Oakmont (2025)
    Oakmont (2025)