Arguably the greatest championship course in the United States, The Straits at Whistling Straits has hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, and it is the future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup.
Whistling Straits offers two courses of dynamic contrast and world-class prestige. Open, rugged and windswept terrain defines The Straits, sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Borrowing influences from Irish links courses, The Straits has fescue fairways and massive sand dune bunkers. Just inland, interspersed by four meandering streams, the grassland and dunes aspect of The Irish is a deceiving tranquil landscape. Experience these two must-play courses crafted by hall-of-fame designer Pete Dye and ranked among the best in the United States.
The Straits Course is the flagship course at Whistling Straits. As of 2012, it had a length of 7,790 yards (7,123 m) and a par of 72. It hosted the 2004 PGA Championship won by Vijay Singh in a playoff over Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard, the 2007 U.S. Senior Open won by Brad Bryant, and the 2010 PGA Championship won by Martin Kaymer in a playoff over Bubba Watson. The course hosted the PGA Championship for a third time in 2015 with Jason Day winning three shots better than Jordan Spieth. In 2020 the Ryder Cup will be held on the course.
The Straits Course replicates the ancient seaside links courses of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Nestled along a two-mile (3 km) stretch of Lake Michigan, the course has eight holes hugging the lake, a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, elevation changes of approximately 80 feet (24 m), and three stone bridges. It has vast rolling greens, deep pot bunkers, grass-topped dunes and winds that sweep in off the lake. Being a coastal links-style course, there are few large trees or woods on the course. The course is open and exposed to the wind and elements.
Before the course was built, the property was an abandoned airfield called Camp Haven (1949–1959), with a stream running through the middle. Kohler Company CEO Herbert Kohler hired Dye to be the course architect. During construction, the original landscape of the Straits Course was covered with about 800,000 cubic yards (610,000 m3) of dirt and sand.
Hiroshi Iwata holds the course record for the Straits Course with a 63 in the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship.
Major tournaments hosted
|2004||PGA Championship||Vijay Singh||280 (−8)||Playoff|| Justin Leonard
|2007||U.S. Senior Open||Brad Bryant||282 (−6)||3 strokes||Ben Crenshaw||470,000|
|2010||PGA Championship||Martin Kaymer||277 (−11)||Playoff||Bubba Watson||1,350,000|
|2015||PGA Championship||Jason Day||268 (−20)||3 strokes||Jordan Spieth||1,800,000|
|2||Cross Country||593||5||11||Sand Box||563||5|
|3||O’ Man||181||3||12||Pop Up||143||3|
|6||Gremlin’s Ear||355||4||15||Grand Strand||518||4|
|8||On the Rocks||507||4||17||Pinched Nerve||223||3|
|9||Down and Dirty||446||4||18||Dyeabolical||520||4|
Previous course lengths for major championships:
- 7,514 yards (6,871 m) – par 72, 2010 PGA Championship
- 7,514 yards (6,871 m) – par 72, 2004 PGA Championship
|1||High Ground||400||4||10||Shepherd’s Post||398||4|
|2||Giants Leap||372||4||11||Lamp Chop||208||3|
|4||Sandbanks||489||4||13||Blind Man’s Bluff||183||3|
|5||Devil’s Elbow||570||5||14||Tullamore Dew||564||5|
|6||Mulligan’s Watch||160||3||15||Frog Water||479||4|
|8||Garden Creek||555||5||17||Irish Mist||375||4|
|9||Last Gaspe||484||4||18||Black and Tan||558||5|