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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
THEPETE Dye designed Straits course is the flagship track at Whistling Straits and was created with golf’s big events in mind. It’s succeeded mightily, securing the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships, the 2007 US Senior Open and the 2020 Ryder Cup. Opening for play in 1998, this masterpiece with more than 1400 roughhewn bunkers sprawled over the 7514-yard par 72 layout, offers the average golfer an enormous challenge. But when you consider the course also features three kilometres of shoreline on Lake Michigan, eight holes hugging the lake, a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, elevation changes of approximately 80 feet, and three stone bridges at holes 9, 10 and 18, it has plenty of other attractions to experience. The Straits Course replicates the ancient seaside links courses of the UK and Ireland and features vast rolling greens, deep pot bunkers, grass-topped dunes and winds that sweep in off the lake. It’s signature 17th hole, named “Pinched Nerve”, is the most difficult par-3 on the course. At 223 yards with towering sand dunes and the lake running down its left flank, it is seriously unforgiving. STRAITS COURSE