The Irish course at Whistling Straits - No majors, but elite golf for the rest of us

Released on = June 10, 2007, 5:45 am

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = Irish course holds its own in Whistling Straits\' Dye duo.
Midwest golf courses at

Press Release Body = By Brandon Tucker,
Staff Writer,
Golf Publisher Syndications

The Straits course at Herb Kohler\'s Whistling Straits golf club might have the PGA
Championship/Ryder Cup pedigree and the best Lake Michigan views, but the sibling
Irish course is still a Midwest must-play offering a serious Pete Dye test.

KOHLER, Wisc. - Herb Kohler commissioned the Straits course at Whistling Straits
with golf\'s big events in mind. He\'s succeeded mightily, securing the 2004 PGA
Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup.

The Irish course next-door, the newest track in the Kohler stable, wasn\'t built to
fluster the world\'s elite. But play it first and you\'ll be forgiven for not pegging
it as the more forgiving of the two.

Especially when your first tee shot must carry 150 to 200 yards (depending on the
tee) into a breeze just to reach the fairway. This is a Pete Dye concoction, after
all, with the 7,201-yard length and 146 slope rating to prove it.

It might labor under its prestigious sibling\'s shadow, but the only thing lacking at
the Irish course is Lake Michigan views (there are just a handful). This is
must-play Midwest golf, 18 holes on aggressively shaped, heavily bunkered land that
won\'t present you with the same shot twice.

The course got its fair share of the 8,000 truckloads of dirt brought in to give the
originally flat Whistling Straits land a rugged makeover. Crafted dunes range from
rolling to giant. And as at the Straits, the sand is splattered everywhere - even
behind tee boxes.

The layout blends links tradition and bold, modern target golf. There are many spots
where you can play a low, Scottish-style running game, but several holes play over
ponds and grassy streams, requiring precision to find the ideal landing zone. Greens
are fast and firm with more subtle slopes than sharp tiers.

The par-3 13th, \"Blind Man\'s Bluff,\" takes a page from Old Tom Morris\' book, playing
over dunes to a blind green. A modern twist is its split-level tee location: From
the top you can see but a sliver of the massive 14,000-square-foot green; from the
bottom, it\'s only partially blocked

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June 08, 2007
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