Erin Hills: A hole-by-hole look at the 2017 U.S. Open host course
The U.S. Open heads to Wisconsin for the first time next year, as Erin Hills gets set to host our national championship. Here's a first look at the course, hole by hole.
First hole: Par 5, 608 yards
A mammoth hole to kick things off, the first cozies up against a wetland (at left). The green is best approached on the ground, and it's reachable in two. It's a good scoring hole right off the bat.
Second hole: Par 4, 358 yards
The second features the smallest green on the course (at right) and can make for a blind approach depending on the quality of tee shot.
Third hole: Par 4, 476 yards
The first of the course's long par 4s, players need to clear all that mess you see in the picture to reach the fairway. A central bunker short of the green adds a challenge to the approach.
Fourth hole: Par 4, 439 yards
Look for this hole to give players fits with its heavy rough on either side of the fairway plus that mess of bunkers down the middle to guard the approach that should force anyone who misses a fairway to lay up. The shallow green won't be easy to stick either.
Fifth hole: Par 4, 505 yards
A wide-open and very long par 4, the fifth features yet another central bunker short of the green that will make it tricky for anyone hitting big clubs on the approach to clear while also staying on the green.
Sixth hole: Par 3, 237 yards
Light on obstacles, the sixth green is large and easily reached off the tee, but anything short will have to contend with a false front and a gnarly greenside bunker (pictured).
Seventh hole: Par 5, 607 yards
Here's your view from the tee area at this long par 5 and its gang of hazards. Bunkers sit left and right of the fairway pretty much all the way to the green, where a final array of sand is waiting to gobble up anything short. The green itself slopes off to the right, adding one last challenge.
Eighth hole: Par 4, 492 yards
A sharp right-to-left dogleg, the eighth has a heavily sloped fairway to strain the tee shot. Those three bunkers you see there are the only ones on this hole, but once again they're tucked in just shy of the green.
Ninth hole: Par 3, 165 yards
It's a short respite from the long monster holes before it, but the ninth is no picnic. Bunkers nearly encircle the green here, including one at back left that players can't see off the tee, where this picture is taken from.
10th hole: Par 4, 504 yards
The tee shot is blind but hits toward a downhill slope that will lead to big yardage for the longer hitters. The shot here looks out over the fairway with the pin off in the distance, where you can see an array of bunkers protecting the green.
11th hole: Par 4, 403 yards
The short par 4 figures to be one of the easier holes, with a tee shot free of any major obstacles and a short approach from there. There are — as ever on this course — bunkers in the way of the green, but there's more breathing room here than on most others.
12th hole: Par 4, 464 yards
The undulating 12th waves its way to a green devoid of the frontside bunkers that mark so many other holes here. The right tee shot here can catch a downhill slope on the fairway and leave a very short approach.
13th hole: Par 3, 215 yards
The green sits on a hill with drop-offs on all sides, including a large bunker to the left that will collect balls hit off to that side.
14th hole: Par 5, 612 yards
The long 14th snakes its way up to a green that's reachable in two for the player that wants to shoot over a swath of rough and contend with bunkers short and long. Those who lay up could leave themselves a difficult — and possibly blind — third on the approach.
15th hole: Par 4, 370 yards
A cluster of fairway bunkers should test all tee shots over the weekend before players hit their pitches onto this raised green that, as you can see, will yield consequences for those who miss.
16th hole: Par 3, 200 yards
Landing short is the way to go on this par 3, which has a decently long green and a safe landing space just shy of that. There is trouble just about everywhere else as bunkers will likely collect any balls headed left or right.
17th hole: Par 4, 481 yards
For anyone sick of the sand at this point, the 17th provides a welcome sight — no bunkers of any kind. The challenge here lies in the hilly terrain. The green (pictured) is partially concealed by a hill that could obstruct the approach.
18th hole: Par 5, 663 yards
The round ends with the longest hole on the course. Bunkers return with a vengeance one last time. With the green too far to reach in two, players will try to hit their second shots to the area seen here, the further right on the fairway the better to take the greenside bunkers out of the mix on the final approach.