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Anchorage golfer has fond memories of U.S. Open course

By Dave Leval 12:03 PM June 18, 2017
Anchorage –

Rolling hills, gorgeous views — those are among the things you notice at Wisconsin’s Erin Hills Golf Course. Some of the reasons it’s hosting the U.S. Open for the first time. Tom Farris is the head professional at the Anchorage Golf Course. He spent a good part of his life near Erin Hills, and also played it.

“It’s an amazing experience, there’s no golf carts there, it’s all caddies,” Farris told KTVA Sports.

The golf course stretches more than 8,000 yards from start to finish. Erin Hills also features some of the densest roughs you will find, but, golfers don’t have to worry about that during the tournament. They have been slashed, as U.S. Golf said, it had nothing to do with complaints by players.

Still, Farris said the course poses challenges.

“The lower rough, which is still cut four to six inches, you can knock a ball in there, it’s gone, you can drop a ball in there, and not see it,” Farris said.

What truly stands out at Erin Hills is the site from the eighteenth tee, affectionately called, “Holy Hill.” It’s a towering Catholic basilica built atop the tallest point in southeast Wisconsin — a 1,335-foot knoll, three miles from the course.

Erin Hills is hosting the U.S. Open just 11 years after it opened for business. Farris gives the credit to its original owner, Bob Lang. “He ended up losing the facility, and is now almost bankrupt, because of his obsession to get the course built just right, he spent nearly $26 million getting the course built,” said Farris about the man who brought championship golf to Wisconsin.

“He ended up losing the facility and is now almost bankrupt because of his obsession to get the course built just right — he spent nearly $26 million getting the course built,” said Farris about the man who brought championship golf to Wisconsin.

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