Whistling Straits - Straits Course:

The Short Holes; Grand Vistas and Plenty of Challenge.

The most renowned of the four courses visioned by Herb Kohler and designed by Pete Dye as part of the American Club experience is the Straits Course at Whistling Straits. Home to the 2007 USGA Senior Open and two PGA Championships, 2004 and 2010, as well as the future host to the 2015 PGA and 2020 Ryder Cup Matches, the Straits course can boast a resume comparable with many of the most elite layouts in the US. Built from scratch on the shore of Lake Michigan, Dye created a stunningly visual trek along the shoreline, over Irish style seaside dunes and between what seems thousands of bunkers. Many will remember Dustin Johnson’s encounter with one of those devils in the PGA. This behemoth plays long, demands excellent shot making and precision to have a chance. This “bucket-lister” is as unique an experience as you will find anywhere.

Course Stats:

Par 72, 5564 - 7790 yards, rated 66.4 -77.2, slope rating 129 -152

Public access and available to guests of The American Club


The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin


Editor's Shot Makers Picks:

Hole 3   Hole 7   Hole 12   Hole 17  
Par 3 HCP 17 Par 3 HCP 9 Par 3 HCP 18 Par 3 HCP 8
Red 111 Red 132 Red 89 Red 131
White 154 White 172 White 99 White 165
Green 166 Green 185 Green 118 Green 197
Blue 180 Blue 205 Blue 138 Blue 223
Black 188 Black 221 Black 163 Black 249


Editor's Shotmakers Picks:

The Straits are famous for the seemingly endless bunkers and high fescue covered dunes. Players are also graced with a series of toughies at the stunningly beautiful shoreline holes. With eight holes edging the sparkling Lake Michigan, there is no shortage of vistas to help you forget that this course is going to beat you up if you aren’t careful. Hole 3 named "O'Man", is the first taste playing into the prevailing wind and presenting a massive ridge in the center of the green protecting a back left pin. The seventh, "Shipwreck", plays downwind as a long iron or hybrid hit true.  "Pop Up," Hole 12 plays as the easiest and shortest, but don’t be fooled as it is downhill to a most severe green that meanders in all directions and slopes. The final short hole Number 17, "Pinched Nerve,"is a beast of a challenge requiring a long iron or more likely fairway wood or driver to get home over the fall-off full of bunkers and trademark railway ties.


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