HARTFORD – Standing on the 18th tee box at Erin Hills, you face east, and the Basilica of Holy Hill rises above the old clubhouse. It’s a truly "made for TV" view, especially when you consider that our national championship will be wrapped up on that hole in mid-June of 2017.
Much of the promise of Erin Hills as a U.S. Open venue has been not just about the golf course, but the number of spectators it can hold, the potential for 360-degree viewing areas between multiple green complexes, and scenery on its nearly 300 acres of glacier-cut topography.
While Erin Hills may be made for high-definition with the rippling fescue, it’s a grand stage for the "regular" player, too.
You don’t get "lost" in the view, necessarily, even though you will want to take pictures all day long.
It’s just that it feels big and important (just look at this view from the tee down toward the redesigned green.
It is one of this country’s great golf stages that the public can access, and if you play the right tees it allows you feel like you belong on it, too.
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