The Whistling Straits courses of the American Club at Kohler are the "Irish Course" and the "Straits course". Both courses, in fact all courses at the American Club were designed by Pete Dye. The Irish course plays like an inland links whereas the Straits course is along the shores of Lake Michigan. You can save a bit on airfare by not going to Ireland and playing these two courses. They seem a bit contrived, much like Kingsbarns or Doonberg, not natural like St Andrew's Old or Royal County Down, but then they haven't been around for 200+ years. All in all a great experience and well done challenging set of holes, but very expensive. The Irish plays to 7,201 yards from the back tees with a 146 course rating, and opened in 2000. The Straits Course is 7,288 yards, a 76.1 course rating and a 151 slope, and opened in 1998. The fairways and the greens run fast and hard, and are bordered by tall fescue grasses on rolling linksland type terrain, and is as natural of a setting as you will find. The wind was a big factor when we last played here, much like it is on the links courses of the British Isles. Stunning scenery throughout the course, play in the late afternoon for a real treat, and be sure to take a caddie.