The U.S. Open at Erin Hills starts this week, and it's going to be the longest walk in major championship history.
In 2011, when the U.S. Amateur was held at Erin Hills, the course played at 7,760 yards. This year it will play at a record 7,741 yards -- the longest course in U.S. Open and major championship history.
This 7,741 number is not the max Erin Hills can play (that's over 8,000 yards), but with the way the course is laid out and how far the tee boxes are from the greens, it will easily be the longest traipse in major history.
Last year's U.S. Open at Oakmont measured 7,219, which is not really that close to cracking the all-time top five longest in U.S. Open history. Here are those five.
- 7,741 yards -- Erin Hills (2017)
- 7,695 yards -- Chambers Bay (2015)
- 7,643 yards -- Torrey Pines (2008)
- 7,562 yards -- Pinehurst (2014)
7,514 yards -- Congressional (2011)
The longest PGA Championship ever was when Rory McIlroy win in 2012 at Kiawah Island. The course played 7,676 yards that week, which by my count would be third all-time on the longest majors list.
What will be interesting is to see if they bump Erin over 7,800 yards for any of the four rounds. The USGA often changes the yardages of holes during the tournament based on what the wind is doing and how the course is playing. The first and last holes can play at a combined 1,300 yards or a combined 1,180 depending on what tournament officials decide. This will also be the first U.S. Open played at a par of 72 since the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.