Make room on the mantle, Chambers Bay, as the only modern course to host a U.S. Open.
On Wednesday, the United States Golf Association announced Erin Hills – a public, links-style course in Wisconsin that opened around the same time as Chambers Bay in 2007 – has been awarded the 2017 U.S. Open.
In fact, Erin Hills was the first course given a USGA championship – the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links – before its opening.
The similarities between the two venues are almost eerie: Both are public venues on big lots of lands (Chambers Bay was built on 950 acres; Erin Hills on 652) and are big-boy layouts (Chambers Bay can stretch out to 7,600 yards; Erin Hills beyond 8,000).
Both are links style with fescue-grass fairways and rye-grass rough.
The first round played on Erin Hills was 2006; Chambers Bay in 2007.
From their inceptions, their owners – Pierce County for Chambers Bay and Bob Lang for Erin Hills – desperately wanted to land the biggest prize in golf – the U.S. Open, which both have now done.
“We’re going to learn from the championships held at Chambers Bay, and everywhere else,” said Andy Ziegler, the new Erin Hills owner. “There is a link obviously – they’re relatively new golf courses, they’re open to the public, they’re both new venues for the U.S. Open championships. There are some similarities, but in terms of linkage, I don’t really seen too much linkage between the two.”
On a separate note, the USGA also awarded the 2019 U.S. Open to Pebble Beach on the course’s 100th anniversary.