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The site of the 2017 U.S. Open is near my old stomping grounds...I was born about 30 min. away from where Erin Hills was eventually built. I moved from that area long before the course was even planned, so I've never been there or played it or anything, but I learned some interesting things this evening. I have a good friend up there who works for a limo/shuttle company, and he has been driving people from Madison, Milwaukee and O'Hare to Erin Hills for several days, and he made several comments on how remote the golf course is. It might not be exactly in the middle of nowhere, but apparently a short drive would get you there. There is only one way in, and one way out. And these are country roads, not four-lane highways. They announced this site would host the U.S. Open in 2010...seven years ago, and they couldn't get a better road system in place? I thought that was one of the things that they took into consideration when they scout potential sites? It sounds like this course was earmarked to host USGA events before it was even built, so if they set out to design a course that would one day host a major, why wouldn't the road infrastructure be included? Anyway, the course itself is a monster...or at least can be, when the stretch it out. From the blacks it plays 7,800 yds, but it looks like it will play about 7,700 during the tournament. All four par 5s are over 600 yds, two par 4s are over 500 yds, and two others are over 480. This is the first time in many years the course will play to a par of 72, which actually gives the guys a chance to make up some ground.