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.

Featured Package

2020 Ryder Cup – Sept. 22-27 Whistling Straits Kohler, Wisconsin

From $2,500.00

  • Five (5) nights’ accommodation at The Pfister Hotel
  • Check In: Wednesday, September 23
  • Check Out: Monday, September 28
  • Additional nights are available.
  • Ryder Cup Ticket – International Pavilion
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Rounds
  • Admission to the PRIMESPORT Friday evening Pitch-and-Run Party, hosted by Ryder Cup legends
  • Executive Daily Course Transportation
  • Premium, Official Ryder Cup Souvenir Pack
  • Concierge Guest Services

Courses

Straits Course

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),[2] 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.[3]

Hiroshi Iwata holds the course record for the Straits Course with a 63 in the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship.

Irish Course

The second course at Whistling Straits is the Irish Course, an inland grass-and-dune layout. It is a par-72 course that features 7,201 yards (6,585 m) of golf from the longest tees, with a course rating of 75.6 and a slope rating of 146. Also designed by Pete Dye, it opened for play in 2000.The course record of 67 was shot by Mike Frechette in 2007 and then matched by Garret Buckley at the 2014 Whistling Straits Intercollegiate.

View of Lake Michigan from the Irish Course

Major Tournaments

Major tournaments hosted

Year Tournament Winner Score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner’s
share ($)
2004 PGA Championship Fiji Vijay Singh 280 (−8) Playoff United States Justin Leonard
United States Chris DiMarco
1,125,000
2007 U.S. Senior Open United States Brad Bryant 282 (−6) 3 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw 470,000
2010 PGA Championship Germany Martin Kaymer 277 (−11) Playoff United States Bubba Watson 1,350,000
2015 PGA Championship Australia Jason Day 268 (−20) 3 strokes United States Jordan Spieth 1,800,000
2020 Ryder Cup TBD

Course layout

Straits Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Outward Bound 408 4 10 Voyageur 361 4
2 Cross Country 593 5 11 Sand Box 563 5
3 O’ Man 181 3 12 Pop Up 143 3
4 Glory 489 4 13 Cliff Hanger 404 4
5 Snake 603 5 14 Widow’s Watch 397 4
6 Gremlin’s Ear 355 4 15 Grand Strand 518 4
7 Shipwreck 221 3 16 Endless Bite 569 5
8 On the Rocks 507 4 17 Pinched Nerve 223 3
9 Down and Dirty 446 4 18 Dyeabolical 520 4
Out 3,803 36 In 3,698 36
Total 7,501 72

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

Irish Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 High Ground 400 4 10 Shepherd’s Post 398 4
2 Giants Leap 372 4 11 Lamp Chop 208 3
3 Sleeper 147 3 12 Highland Trek 413 4
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
7 Troll 372 4 16 Deep Dye 474 4
8 Garden Creek 555 5 17 Irish Mist 375 4
9 Last Gaspe 484 4 18 Black and Tan 558 5
Out 3,549 36 In 3,652 36
Source:[5][6] Total 7,201 72

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