WHAT: Erin Hills, the golf course the U.S. Open will be played on this weekend, was designed by a trio of people, one of whom was Washburn Law School graduate Ron Whitten.
WHEN: The 117th U.S. Open is June 15-18, 2017.
WHERE: Erin Hills Golf Course, Hartford, Wis.
WHO: Ron Whitten, Washburn Law School Class of 1977
DETAILS: Ron Whitten was fascinated with golf course design after a trip to play golf while in high school. After a successful law career, he put his passion to work full-time by writing for a golf course management magazine. In 2000, he formed a small golf course design company. Whitten submitted a proposal for a golf course to be built in southeastern Wisconsin, and was contacted by Mike Hurdzan and Dana Fry to create a presentation as a team. The trio won the bid to design Erin Hills Golf Course. In addition to designing Erin Hills, Whitten has designed four other golf courses, is the author or coauthor of five books on golf, has won two first place awards in annual feature writing contests by the Golf Writers Association of America, was presented with the Donald Ross Award in 1996, and was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.