Whistling Straits (Irish course)


4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Whistling Straits (Irish course) Est. 2000

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Whistling Straits (Irish Course): To the north of the city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, directly alongside Lake Michigan, are the two spectacular links-style layouts of Whistling Straits - the Straits and Irish courses. A little way inland, close to the resort accommodations, is Blackwolf Run, home to the River and Meadow Valleys courses. All four layouts are impressive Pete Dye designs, owned and run by the Kohler Company.

The links-style Irish course should not be overlooked, even if your main objective at Whistling Straits is a round on the highly-acclaimed Straits course. The Irish is also a fabulous Pete Dye design. It may not be endowed with as many Lake Michigan views as its higher-rated sibling (which it sits behind), but it too has many stunning golf holes.

Most of the course is laid out in traditional open links-style. There is plenty of dune-like mounding, penal fescue grasses, railway-sleepered bunkers and sand scrapes galore. However on both nine-hole loops, good-size ponds and meandering streams also come into play. There's also one or two tree-lined stretches, occasionally giving the course a more "hybrid" feel than the pure links of the Straits course.

The dunes here generally do not tower as high as on the Straits course, with one notable exception. On the back-nine a "monster" sand hill towers alongside the fabulous par-3 11th (one of the best holes out of the 36 at Whistling Straits). The par-3 13th is another gem, the huge green totally concealed behind a fiery ring of dunes and bunkers. You can thank the Irish (especially those at Lahinch Golf Club) for conjuring-up such a testing tee-shot. Both traditional and memorable, the Irish is full of many other intimidating and enjoyable golfing challenges.

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Making Contact

Whistling Straits
N8501 County LS,
Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53083
USA
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Office   +1 (800) 618 5535 (toll free)
Pro Shop   +1 (920) 457 8000
Fax

  +1 (920) 457 0299

Email  
Website   www.golfkohler.com
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Golf Pro
 
Michael O'Reilly (PGA Head Golf Professional)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Links-style course.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Duneland, woodland and open countryside.
 
Designer: Pete Dye
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7201 5992 5109
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75.6 70.3 70.0
 
At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the Irish course. Also at Whistling Straits is the 18-hole par-72 Straits course (7790 yds from back tees).
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How2Get There?

6.5 mi N of Sheboygan / 62 mi N of Milwaukee.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 visitor fee, 18-holes on the Irish course in high season: c.$200 (all days). [Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available to rent. Caddies or forecaddies recommended but not compulsory on the Irish course.

Practice facilities
Excellent
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Did you know?

The Straits course at Whistling Straits has hosted many top level tournaments and Major championships, including two U.S. PGA Championships and a U.S. Senior Open. For more details see Major Golf Tournaments at Whistling Straits GC.

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Published Ranking
2017/18 Golf Digest rating: 192nd best course and 45th best public course in the USA; 6th best course in Wisconsin.
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Location

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Latitude: (43.851009)
Longitude: (-87.735593)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

The American Club Resort Hotel AAA 5-Diamond
419 Highland Drive, Kohler, WI 53044
+1 (855) 444 2838
www.americanclubresort.com

The American Club once provided housing, meals and recreational facilities for immigrant employees who could not afford housing. Today, The American Club is a Forbes Five-Star Resort Hotel and the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort Hotel providing unique, luxurious décor that creates a singular quality experience room by room.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Blackwolf Run (River and Meadow Valleys courses); The Bull at Pinehurst Farms.
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Golf within 20 miles Whistling Straits (Straits and Irish courses)
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Inn on Woodlake 
705 Woodlake Rd, Kohler, WI 53044
+1 (855) 444 2838
www.americanclubresort.com

The Inn on Woodlake is a 121-room hotel located on the shore of picturesque Wood Lake. Here, business and leisure travellers alike will enjoy the best modern amenities, boutique-style rooms, stylish atmosphere and relaxing common spaces.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Blackwolf Run (River and Meadow Valleys courses); The Bull at Pinehurst Farms.
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Golf within 20 miles Whistling Straits (Straits and Irish courses)
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