On Thursday the USGA announced the first- and second-round pairings and tee times for next week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills, which is a bigly golf course, measuring out at 7,741 yards. With the venue set to host its first major professional event, there are a lot of unknowns about Erin Hills, but one thing’s for sure: It’s LONG; really, really long.
I played there in 2010 during the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and found it delightful (because I played well), but many of my colleagues complained about the heavy hay, which was thicker than usual since the course had just reopened after the costly renovations. Wind will be a factor. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a “links” course; maybe “faux links” or “links-inspired,” but Americans incorrectly identifying inland courses as “links” is very high (if not no. 1) on my list of pet peeves in golf.