Whistling Straits, Straits Course

Whistling Straits is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the U.S. and the World by Golf Magazine's panel of experts.

A masterpiece in the world of golf created by Pete Dye, the Straits course at Whistling Straits Open is on rugged and windswept terrain that defines the walking-only, links-style Course sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

The American Club earned Platinum status in Golf Magazine's 2012 Premier Resort rankings

The Irish course at Whistling Straits is just inland from the great lake and interspersed by four meandering streams. The grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish Course is a deceivingly tranquil landscape. Both traditional and memorable, the Irish Course is full of unique challenges.

From Sports Illustrated Writer-Reporter Rick Lipsey: Pressure? Imagine having to turn a white canvas into a Van Gogh with a tycoon looking over your shoulder. That's basically the challenge golf architect Pete Dye faced in the mid-1990s when Herb Kohler, the plumbing fixture magnate, hired Dye to turn some pancake-flat treeless farmland on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin into the world's most challenging and beautiful layout. Dye didn't disappoint. Indeed, the Straits was awarded the 2004 PGA Championship in 2000, just two years after it opened, and for good reason. By importing 13,126 truckloads of sand, Dye metamorphosed the barren landscape 60 miles north of Milwaukee into a design marked by vastly rolling dunes, sinuous fairways and thick heather and fescue rough. Oh, there are also over 1,400 roughhewn bunkers, 20- to 40-foot cliffs on the eight holes abutting Lake Michigan and greens that roll like the Himalayas. In all, the Straits measures 7,597 yards and has three par-4s of 500 or more yards.

This Club has multiple courses:

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