Erin, WI - The 117th U.S. Open tees off June 15th at Erin Hills Golf Course.
Erin Hills opened in 2006, which makes it an infant compared to the courses the USGA chooses for the event. But USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said he thinks this is the first of many Opens at the young course. Davis says the course will challenge the best players in the world, which is the goal of the entire weekend.
"There is a strong belief by the USGA that this will absolutely provide this ultimate test of golf. It's the shot making," Davis said at Wednesday's media day. "It's handling yourself mentally. It's course management."
Some special guests were invited to play a round on the course, which will continue to be adjusted over the next month. Green Bay Packers Jordy Nelson, Bryan Bulaga, and Mason Crosby all took their hacks, and they liked what they saw.
"I don't think it's as tough now as it will be in a month when the real guys come out and play. But it's definitely got some long holes.The greens are incredible," Nelson said with a big grin. "It was a fun time. I actually shot halfway decent for myself, so I'm kinda happy how we walked out of here."