Whistling Straits Country Club

N 8501 County Ls
Sheboygan, WI 53083
Pricing: $200+
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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 is routed like an inland links, whereas the Straits course is along the shores of Lake Michigan. 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 is generally a big factor, much like the links courses of the British Isles. Stunning scenery throughout, play in the late afternoon for a real treat, and be sure to take a caddie.

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Posted by: McGregor

Jul 20th, 2010

Played the Irish course, weren't able to play the Straits since it's being readied for the PGA Championship. This was one of the toughest courses I've played. Mammouth dunes throughout, bordered by wetlands and trees, the course was in fantastic shape, the only thing missing from a true "Irish" experience was an Ocean alongside!

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Posted by: McGregor

Jul 5th, 2010

Looking out on the course from the first tee, I realized just how immense the course was. It is huge, ginormous, looks rugged and wildly beautiful. I believe for the sheer golfing beauty this is the greatest course I have ever played, but I haven't played in the UK. The course isn't firm and fast, so there's no real ground game, the bump and run. I found there to be a wasted amount of cosmetic bunkers which just don't come into play with fescue grass up there in the dunes would be much better from any point of view. All those strange bunkers just make the course look artificial and it actually is. Otherwise, enjoyable layout, can see why they've decided to hold major tournaments here.

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Posted by: bobbyj

Apr 19th, 2010

They're playing the 2010 PGA Championhip here tis year. Awseome golf course and setting along almost 2 miles of Lake Michigan, 500+ bunkers...I was in most of them, water in play on 12 holes, excellent condition, you must take a caddie here!

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Posted by: TonyK

Mar 26th, 2010

The Irish is just as difficult as the Straits, it just doesn't have the scenery of Lake Michigan to soften the blow. There's a few holes with views of the lake, some blind shots, 500+ bunkers, streams, lakes, extremely challenging, but walkable. If you're here for a day, the Straits is the better course and overall experience.

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