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The start of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills is just 100 days away

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Posted at 9:45 AM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 14:16:34-05

When you normally come to Erin Hills Golf Club, you’re used to hearing the sounds of the game, but come Monday, the sounds you hear will be very different.

One of our next major milestones is Monday, March 13 in which case we start construction out here at Erin Hills, according to U.S. Open Championship Director Eric Steimer.

“For us it takes about three months to get everything built, everything constructed for the seven-days of the championship week, Steimer continues. “And then it will tackle about two months to tear it all back down and turn the course back to how we received it.”

March 7 marks the 100 day mark until the first round begins of what will be the most attended sporting event in Wisconsin history. Golf’s toughest test will bring out every major name in the sport.

Steimer estimates the economic impact of the week-long event at between $130 - $140 million.

So for the next 100 days, the sleepy but expansive plot of land in Southern Washington County will be a full-on construction site to make it all happen.

Merchandise tents have to be constructed, as does a media center, entryways for fans, bleachers, luxury suites along the course, restaurants, first aid centers, and maybe most importantly, bathrooms.

It’s a big undertaking. Some 5,000 volunteers have also signed up, and Steimer reports that their schedules and apparel will be sent out next month, and training will begin in May.
 

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