Erin Hills to be sold remain public


MILWAUKEE – The course that is scheduled to be the host of the U.S. Amateur in 2011 and is under consideration for a U.S. Open is being sold to a Milwaukee business executive who plans to keep the golf course open to the public.

Andy Ziegler, co-founder and CEO of Artisan Partners Limited, has agreed to buy Erin Hills from Robert Lang. The deal is expected to close on Friday.

Ziegler says he sees the deal as a chance to give back to golf in Wisconsin. Lang bought the property 10 years ago and will stay on as a consultant.

The golf course opened in 2006. It is in the Kettle Moraine area northwest of Milwaukee and was named America's best new course by Golf Magazine. It hopes to land the U.S. Open in 2017.