19 countries covering the U.S. Open at Erin Hills

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 23:40:07-04

The U.S. Open is a premier golf tournament of the year. It brings fans from near and far and it's no different for the media. Yes, the course is just 45 minutes or so from Milwaukee but many others fall into the "far" category.

"Our flight from Ireland is eight hours from Dublin," said Stephen Watson with BBC, Northern Ireland.

“It's a long flight," said Cheng Chang with Golf Magazine China. "It takes us about 13 hours to Chicago and then we drove here."

There are 19 countries represented by the media covering the US Open at Erin Hills with 870 credentials given out from China to Australia.

"Honestly speaking, I had no idea where it is before I came here," Chang said. "I checked the map and I said, 'Oh my god. It's up north and near the lake."

Outside of the scorching temperatures, journalists from Erin's Isle felt right at home at Erin Hills.

"Weather here is very, very warm," Watson said. "We are very red because we've been using a lot of sun cream. There are little traces of Ireland everywhere which I think is great. Ireland has such a rich heritage in America. It feels like home from home for us."

Aside from a great golf experience, the scribes have enjoyed all Wisconsin has to offer.

"People here are very friendly," said Giuying Li, Golf Magazine China. "[They] introduced many things to us."

"Cheese curds," said Evin Priest, golf correspondent for the Australian AP. "I've had Wisconsin cheese, Spotted Cow beer. All the locals have really embraced us. We've become kind of locals at the local bars."

It's not just the Irish who feel at home because of the Irish feel of Erin Hills. They say the courses in their country are reminiscent of Erin Hills too because of its fescue.