Erin Hills Golf Course to host U.S. Open in '17

It will be the 117th championship
Posted at 10:24 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 23:24:16-04
WASHINGTON COUNTY --  The U.S. Open is coming to Wisconsin for the first time.  Erin Hills Golf Course will host the 117th championship next year.  
It's been seven years in the making, and now with nine months to go it's all local businesses can think about. 
"It is overwhelming because that much traffic on this little corner out in Booniesville, it's pretty amazing," said Vickie Burgett, the owner of O'Shears.
"I don't think anyone knows what's really going to happen here because we're in the middle of nowhere.  Nothing really happens out here," said Andy Jepsen, the owner of Barbecue Co. 
The United States Golf Association said the Championship will help bring in around $135 million to the area. They expect to sell 35,000 tickets a day.  
When you add up staff, volunteers and media that's about 50,000 people in and around Erin every day during the tournament.  The USGA has a plan for the 18,000 cars expected daily.  
"We'll try and collect as many cars as we can off of I-41 off of I-94 initially and then be able to shuttle our guests coming to the championship," explained Eric Steimer, the Championship Manager of the 2017 U.S. Open.
There are 14,000 hotel rooms within a 50-mile radius of the course.  Another option is home rentals.  
"Really that price point over the course of seven days is probably going to be within that $5,000-$8,000 range," Steimer said. 
Right now the hospitality team is reserving corporate group spaces.
"The U.S. Open is the Super Bowl of golf. It is our national championship and it's the most coveted title in golf," said Mimi Griffin of MSG Promotions.  
The course itself appears ready.  
"Erin Hills is set.  I mean I dare say we could host the U.S. Open on that golf course tomorrow," Steimer said.