Deeds and WeedsOctober 23, 2009

Erin Hills Sold: What's Its Open Status?

Erin Hills GC, the much ballyhooed new (opened in 2006) Wisconsin layout that hosted the 2008 U.S. Women's Public Links, is going to host the 2011 U.S. Amateur, and is supposedly under serious consideration to host the 2017 U.S. Open, has been sold.Â

Owner Bob Lang, a greeting card and stationary tycoon who conceived of and bankrolled the project, has agreed to sell the facility to Milwaukee businessman Andy Ziegler. Details in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel here.

"After 11 years as the owner and developer of Erin Hills, I welcome and support Andy Ziegler, who has the commitment and resources to take Erin Hills to the height of her potential," Lang said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Ryan Herrington, writing about the transaction for GolfDigest.com here, gives an update on Erin Hills' chances for getting the 2017 U.S. Open.

-- G.R.