To be on the list of the world’s top 100 golf courses is one thing. But to be amongst the top 10 from all the courses ALL OVER THE GLOBE, not to mention, be at the 3rd spot – it must be one heck of a golf vacation destination. Well, all that it is and all that it has gone through to achieve this excellent state explains and notably justifies why the Straits Course of the Whistling Straits Golf Club is ranked third in the world’s best.
The Pete Dye creation in Wisconsin has played host to the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships and has since then been elevated into the golf courses’ elite. At more than 7,500 yards from the longest tees, the Straits Course is not merely quantity. It is quality – with a walking-only links style layout that transports golfers to another time and another place somewhere in the UK and Ireland. Pete Dye worked tirelessly along the coasts of Lake Michigan – moving earth to form grass topped dunes, rolling greens, and deep pot bunkers. And by moving earth, he did move earth to transform the former flat and basically empty abandoned Camp Haven into one of the world’s most favorite golf vacation havens.
With its wonderful and perfect combination of natural beauty and layout excellence – herein noting that the Lake Michigan does not only work as a breathtaking background but as an active hazard as well for its ever incessant winds – the Straits Course deserves all its merits. From being handpicked by true-blue golf critics to be amongst the world’s best, to being a favorite site for golf trips of countless golfers, to be asked to host the prestigious Ryder Cup (2020), it is very much deserving,