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 and the Straits both designed by Pete Dye.

The Irish course is routed like an inland links with a few views of the Lake, and more playable without the dramatic and intimidating nature of the Straits. The golf course is routed over undulating fairways and through dunes with tall fescue alongside playing to large, sloping greens with significant sand bunkering throughout. Irish plays to 7,201 yards from the back tees 75.6/146, course/slope ratings with four shorter tees.

The Straits course is along the shores of Lake Michigan with a view of the Lake from every hole and eight holes directly on the Lake. It's routed over rolling linksland terrain with the fairways running hard and fast bordered by tall fescue grasses with over 900 sand bunkers throughout and the wind always a factor. The Straits Course is 7,201 yards, a 75.6/146, course/slope from the tips four shorter tees.

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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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