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Series: 2017 Year in Review | Story 8

December 29, 2017


The lush greenery of the Erin Hills Golf Course, home of the 2017 U.S. Open, has a Sidney connection. Located at Erin, Wisconsin, 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, Erin Hills Golf Course was built using the natural dips and hills left from glacial activity.

One of those who helped build the course is Sidney native Chris White, who learned about golf course care during summers at Hillside Golf Course. A 1997 Sidney High School graduate, the son of John and Sandy White learned the ins and outs of golf courses from then-greens keeper Chuck Haupt.

White took that knowledge and built on it, eventually joining up with Landscapes Unlimited of Lincoln, which was chosen to build Erin Hills. For just more than a year White was the irrigation supervisor on the Erin Hills project, coordinating the installation of irrigation with minimal disturbance to native grasses that are still today a part of the course’s charm.


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