The preeminent prairie links test
7,800 yards is a big number, but then, Erin Hills in a big course. Of course you won’t play it at that length but the fact remains: Erin Hills is epic. Part of a new breed of inland, minimalistic “prairie” links, Erin Hills is intended to be a championship test (as evidenced by the US Open). But it doesn’t just brute length – it’s a highly strategic course. And charming; it’s the sort of place that people fall in love with. It may not be as high profile and showy as some of its peers, but it’s likely to be the course you’ll want another crack at. And another, and another.
Its semi-blind drives, fast-running, fescue-framed fairways, typically strong breezes, heavily undulated terrain and absence of trees are all links-like traits. But it isn’t quite a links, as evidenced by All-American bentgrass greens that are more receptive to aerial assaults than run-ups.Golf Magazine
What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
Erin Hills is open from early May through mid October.
Temperatures should be pleasant any month Erin Hills is open, possibly getting a bit steamy June-August. Rainfall is pretty consistent the months that Erin Hills is open and the summer months are a little less windy that spring and fall.
Any time Erin Hills is open should be a good time to play.
Greens fees last verified October 2019. View them on erinhills.com
Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play Erin Hills seven days a week.
Rentals & Caddies
Caddies are $55 plus gratuity. Caddies typically carry two bags.
Clubs are available for $80. They are Taylor Mades.
Golf carts are only available with for those with a verifiable disability. There are only two carts on site and you should reserve them at least two weeks in advance, if you need one.
Erin Hills has a driving range with nine target greens and two fairway bunkers. There is also a short game practice area and a practice putting green.
See details here.
Other Things To Know
Year built: 2006
Architects: Ron Whitten, Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry
Lodging: Erin Hills offers on-site lodging. Learn more about here.
Course tour: Check out Erin Hills’ course tour here.
Stay and Play: Erin Hills offers stay and play deals. Check them out here.
Further reading: The New York Times published an interesting article on how Erin Hills came to be. Read it here.