The host of the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships and host of the 2020 Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits has championship appeal. There is little doubt that the Straits Course is a must-play for any golfer.
It is rare to find a public course that is as highly acclaimed as the Straits course and you won’t find a better setting. The course takes advantage of the property by laying out several holes along the coastline, the result is too many of the holes running directly north or south and thus straight into the wind or dead downwind.
The course features numerous memorable holes including postcard opportunities at the coastal par 3’s. In the end, Whistling Straits is an incredible golf course with one of the finest settings in the United States.
- Location: Kohler, Wisconsin
- Number of Holes: 18
- Designer: Pete Dye
- Cost: $260-$370+$65 Caddie (Mandatory)
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Whistling Straits (Straits Course) is an absolute gem carved into the shores of Lake Michigan in Kohler, Wisconsin. The course offers pristine conditions and can challenge even the best golfers.
The course has over 1,000 sand traps, with some being virtually inescapable. Another guaranteed challenge is the wind that whips off the lake and creates nerve-wracking tee and approach shots.
Be sure to work on your bump-and-run game prior to your round at Whistling Straits. Along with the golf conditions, the course offers scenic views of Lake Michigan coastline. The Straits course is one of our favorites and will not disappoint those looking for a pure-golf experience.
Signature Hole – Hole 18
While Pete Dye has a difficult time picking which hole would be his signature hole, we picked hole number 18. The hole is named Dyeabolical and it lives up to its name. This par 4 plays up to 520 yards from the back tees.
Made infamous by Dustin Johnson at the 2015 PGA Championship, this hole offers a truly unique approach shot. Your tee shot will dictate the angle you approach this challenging green. Be sure to check the pin sheet and ask your caddie as taking the wrong angle could lead to disaster.
Most will choose to play to the right in order to avoid having to clear the creek bed on the left. No matter which way you choose to play this hole, it is a fun and challenging closing hole for your round.
Here are some of the other photos we took of this gorgeous golf course. We hope this inspires you when planning your next great golf getaway!
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