Golf officials look ahead to life after the U.S. Open at Erin Hills

Posted at 10:15 PM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 23:15:30-04

U.S. Open spectators have come and gone from Erin Hills, but the course was busy in a different way Monday.

"We've got to change gears pretty quickly," said John Morrissett, Erin Hill competitions/marketing director.

"It's really a mad dash to get out of here as quickly as possible," said Eric Steimer, USGA championship manager.

Big sponsors and a handful of VIP's played the course Monday, including Houston Texan JJ Watt. 

Off the course there were vendors in and out and workers everywhere.

"Tents aren't going to go down until a little bit later simply because we have to get all the decor out of them, all the fiber optics out of them," Steimer said.

Once crews take everything down, Steimer said they will restore the course.

"There may be a little bit of dead grass out there once we remove these tents," said Steimer.

Around 40 million viewers had their eyes on Erin Hills over the last seven days.

"We couldn't be happier with how things went," Morrissett said.

Morrissett said they’re first working on getting the clubhouse and parking lots back in order while riding the hype the U.S. Open brought.

"It let millions of golfers around the world probably feel like they know Erin Hills hole by hole and hopefully they'll want to come play now," Morrissett said.

The course re-opens to the public July 1.  Erin Hills raised their prices $15 this year.  It costs $280 to play 18 holes.  A round of golf will go up another $10 to $15 in 2018.  Tee times are booking up, but there are some available.

"Really it was like a dream come true," Morrissett said.

"It's sad to see it come to an end, but we start packing up and start looking ahead," Steimer said.