Philosophy & Policies

Erin Hills provides golf in a simple yet nice atmosphere that encourages the spirit and camaraderie of this great game.


The fairways provide a fast and firm-playing surface that puts the natural undulations of the property on full display. As the course is walking only, the golf is played in a traditional atmosphere with few artificial distractions. Professional caddies are available and highly recommended.

All requests for limited use of a designated Erin Hills’ golf cart must be made at least two weeks prior to play and comply with the ADA Guest Golf Cart Policy. While we will once again allow limited use of carts for our 2021 season, please be aware that due to our ongoing efforts to comply with federal, state and local COVID-19 safety guidance, additional procedures will be in place which may delay or restrict limited use. We encourage you to submit your request as soon as possible to provide for the extra time to complete the screening process.

Policies of Erin Hills

Deposit and Cancelation Policy

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Resort Fee

A resort fee of 7% will be applied to each room, suite or cottage. This fee supports the additional amenities available exclusively to overnight guests: valet parking, luggage handling, overnight golf club storage, access to the Caddie Barn in the evening, and golf on the Kettle Loop. This fee does not take the place of a gratuity.

Lodging Check-In

Check-in time is 3:00pm.


To ensure Erin Hills remains a nice place to play golf in an atmosphere that encourages the spirit and camaraderie of this great game, it expects that everyone will be treated with courtesy and respect. All guests are expected to behave with the utmost dignity and consideration at all times towards each other and all Erin Hills staff while on property. These principles support the commitment Erin Hills has to its employees to provide a work environment that is free from harassment. Any guest that Erin Hills determines, in its sole discretion, has failed to comply with this policy may have any or all guest privileges immediately terminated.


To take advantage of the replay rate, replays may not be booked in advance and are based on availability only after completion of one 18-hole round on the same day.

Golf Club Rentals

The latest TaylorMade equipment is available for $75 per day. Choose between TaylorMade M2 woods and irons (each with mid-weight or light-weight shafts) and, for those wanting a stiff shaft, the TaylorMade M1 woods and PSI irons.

Rain Check Policy

If you choose not to play your round due to inclement weather, you will need to check with the Golf Shop directly. Weather cancellations will be accepted only on the scheduled day of play. During inclement weather conditions, pro-rated rain check voucher cards will be charged and issued based on the number of holes completed. Rain check voucher cards are redeemable for future golf or Golf Shop purchases only. A rain check voucher card is good for (2) years and is transferrable.

Rules of Play

Appropriate golf attire shall be worn at all times while on the golf course or practice areas. Appropriate golf attire includes a collared golf shirt and no denim jeans.

No children under the age of five are allowed on the golf course or practice areas at any time. Children from age five to twelve must be supervised while on the golf course or practice areas.

Management reserves the right to fill groups with fewer than four players at any time. All players must have their own set of clubs. Rental clubs are available upon request.

Generally, for course maintenance reasons, singles and two-balls are not allowed in the first hour of the day’s tee times.

Personal carry-on coolers are prohibited. All refreshments must be purchased on property.

Pull or push carts are prohibited.

All caddies must be employees of Erin Hills.

Metal spikes are not permitted.

Weapons and Firearms

All weapons and firearms are prohibited on this property.

Local Rules

The USGA’s Rules of Golf govern play. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or condition of competition is loss of hole in match play and two strokes in stroke play.

Ground under Repair

Is defined by white lines.

Seams of Cut Turf (Sod Seams)

If a player’s ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing:

(a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
(b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.
But interference does not exist if the seam only interferes with the player’s stance.

All seams within the area of cut turf are treated as the same seam in taking relief. This means that if a player has interference from any seam after dropping the ball, the player must proceed as required under Rule 14.3c(2) even when the ball is still within one club-length of the reference point.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule
General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.

Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball

When a player’s ball has not been found, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):

Two Estimated Reference Points:
a. Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have come to rest on the course.
b. Fairway Reference Point: The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point, but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

For purposes of this Local Rule, “fairway” means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.

If a ball is estimated to be lost on the course short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.

Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points: Anywhere between:

  • A line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and
  • A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line).

But with these limits:

Limits on Location of Relief Area:

  • Must be in the general area, and
  • Must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

Once the player puts a ball in play under this Local Rule:

  • The original ball that was lost is no longer in play and must not be played.
  • This is true even if the ball is found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b).

But the player may not use this option to take relief for the original ball when:

A player may use this option to take relief for a provisional ball that has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule
General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.

Discontinuance of Play

An immediate suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged note of the siren. All other suspensions will be signaled by three consecutive notes of the siren. In either case, resumption of play will be signaled by two short notes of the siren. See Rule 5.7b


Rule 4.3a is modified in this way:

During a round, a player must not wear shoes with:

  • Traditional spikes – that is, spikes having single or multiple points designed to penetrate deeply into the surface of the ground (regardless of whether made of metal, ceramic, plastic or other materials); or
  • Spikes of any design that are entirely or partially made of metal, if such metal may come in contact with the course.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rule
See Rule 4.3

Back-On-the-Line Relief

Local Rule as prescribed in the Clarifications to the 2019 Rules of Golf is in effect. Model Local Rule E-12.

Limiting When Stroke Made From Putting Green Must Be Replayed

Local Rule as prescribed in the Clarifications to the 2019 Rules of Golf is in effect. Model Local Rule D-7.