Free admission and parking
for U.S. Amateur
For the first time in 14 years, there will be
no admission charge for the U.S. Amateur
Championship. In addition, there will be no
charge for parking at Erin Hills GC in Erin or Blue
Mound G&CC in Wauwatosa.
"We want Wisconsin to embrace fully its first
U.S. Amateur and want the free admission to encourage people to come see the best amateur
golfers in the world," said Erin Hills competitions
director John Morrissett. "With Erin Hills set to
host the 2017 U.S. Open, the 2011 U.S. Amateur
provides an opportunity to walk the fairways of a
U.S. Open course for no charge."
In the past, U.S. Amateurs have charged up to
$30 for admission. But, as a result of contributions from companies such as Baird, M&I Bank
and Artisan Partners, admission this year is free.
This is great news for golf fans, who will have
the ability to walk the fairways right along with
the competitors as with any U.S. Amateur. In gen-
eral, there are no ropes that sepa-
rate the fans from
the players, such
as at a PGA
ons of the
Bobby Jones to
Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods.
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““when he talks to a former herdsman who now works at the golf course.
We envisioned it being a golf course (but) it
went beyond our wildest expectations.
— JEFF MILLIKIN
“Mr. Bob Lang came along and
had the same vision for the land that
my parents did,” Millikin said, except that the Delafield developer’s
vision extended beyond just another
golf course to include a track suitable for major championships.
“I think it turned out better (than
imagined),” said Millikin. “We envi-
sioned it being a golf course (but) it
went beyond our wildest expecta-
tions. Mr. Lang did what he said he
was going to do and then some.”
Lang’s zeal to produce a U.S.
Open-quality course eventually left
him financially strapped, and in
2009 he sold the course to Andrew
Ziegler, co-founder of an investment
firm, who then closed the course for
a make-over in preparation for the
U.S. Amateur this summer. Still, Mil-
likin said his mother, who died in
March, was “very happy” with how
the course turned out and with her
dealings with Lang.
“I think the hard part for me is,
he’ll say to me the west pasture but
now it’s the ninth hole,” he said. “I
don’t understand the new lingo.”
“I think that’s going to help all of
Wisconsin,” he said. “It’s good for
The Millikin family home is long
gone, as are most of the other signs
that a large-scale cattle operation
once dominated the land. Only one
barn remains as evidence of that.
And Millikin, 58, is not a golfer, so
he even has trouble sometimes
Including, fittingly, the owner of
Church Road Station.
“Well, I hope so,” he said. “I think
the numbers they’re talking about
might overwhelm me.”
Another reason to take a break
and watch some golf. ;;