ERIN, WISCONSIN – The topic is golf trips.
Where do you go?
The obvious spots – Pinehurst, Bandon Dunes, Florida, Myrtle Beach and Pebble Beach – come to mind for good reason.
Here’s another one:
Yes, that Wisconsin, the one known for cheese curds, Bucky the Badger and the Green Bay Packers.
Wisconsin may be the most underrated golf state among the 50 states. In a recent magazine ranking, nine of the top 100 golf courses open to the public are in Wisconsin.
Erin Hills is front and center this week and now that the world has seen the hills and fescue and U.S. Open, the tee sheet will be filling up. If you come, make sure you’re in shape. It’s a big walk that may require a trip to REI before you tee off.
There’s Whistling Straits, where Jason Day won the PGA Championship two summers ago and where the Ryder Cup will be played in three years. The Straits course is the famous one and it’s a bucket-list place. The Irish Course at Whistling Straits and the River and Meadow Valley courses at nearby Blackwolf Run are primo, as well.
Then there’s Sand Valley, the new hot place in destination golf, a Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design that induces daydreams.
Think about it: The Straits course at Whistling Straits, Erin Hills and Sand Valley.
That’s the foundation of a real golf trip.
Bring your comfortable shoes. Bring your all-weather gear. And bring your game.