OCONOMOWOC — It may be almost two months
away, but the Inn at Pine Terrace has
already been booked up for six months for
the week of the U.S. Open Championship at
Erin Hills. In fact, owner John Gresley said
he took his first reservation a couple weeks
before last year’s U.S. Open was even held.
did not raise rates for the week of June 12
to June 18, when the USGA tournament takes
place at Erin Hills in the Town of Erin, but
he did require a minimum of a week’s stay at
the 12-room inn on Lisbon Road in
that still have rooms available are using
packages to help lure in USGA enthusiasts.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva,
there are two packages being offered that
week in June.
Fairways and Airways package includes
private helicopter transportation and four
tickets to the U.S. Open with hospitality
tent access that includes a full bar, a
two-night stay in one of Grand Geneva’s
recently renovated three-bedroom villas and a
grilled-to-order in-villa dining experience
with the Grand Geneva’s executive chef. The
cost is $6,999.
The golf course at the
Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva.
other option, Aim for the Hills, includes
two tickets to the U.S. Open with
hospitality tent access and a two-night stay
in one of Grand Geneva’s luxury one-bedroom
villas for $999.
Magnuson, the general manager of the Grand
Geneva, said the packages are geared toward
the golf enthusiasts who want to experience
the U.S. Open and still enjoy the amenities
the resort offers, such as its own golf
course, spa and restaurant. The resort also
has an on-site airport it can use to
transport people to the U.S. Open.
villas that are part of the package have
never been rented out before and include a
full kitchen and have a swimming pool.
Magnuson said he anticipates the U.S. Open
having an economic effect in June on the
area, as well as into the future.
who has owned the historical Oconomowoc inn
with his wife, Ruth, for about six years,
said he also anticipates long-term benefits
from the U.S. Open being held at Erin Hills
and the publicity it will bring to the area.
week of the tournament, Gresley said he
thinks it will be pretty quiet at the inn
during the day until people return for
dinner. He said a couple of guys who are
coming to watch the U.S. Open from
Washington, D.C. also asked about other golf
courses in the area. Some of the other
booked guests are volunteers at the U.S.
Tritz, executive director of the Waukesha
Pewaukee Convention and Visitor Bureau, said
several of their hotel members are already
sold out for the week of the U.S. Open while
some still have a limited number of rooms
available. The Price Pointe Inn on Bluemound
Road in Waukesha also has some special U.S.
think we are going to see a lot of national
and some international travelers that will
be coming to the area,” she said.
the U.S. Open ends, Tritz said, the visitors
bureau plans to market the area to golf
enthusiasts as a great place to visit.
are very eager to golf the course after the
US Open happens,” she said. “It will have a
significant impact and long after as well.”
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