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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
The second course at Whistling Straits, the Irish Course, lies just inland from the great lake and is interspersed by four meandering streams. The grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish is a deceivingly tranquil landscape. Also designed by Pete Dye, at 7201 yards from the back tees, it’s significantly shorter in length than the more noted Straits course. But don’t expect an easier contest here. In fact, many people rate it more difficult to play. With forced carries, gnarly rough, ponds, streams and ravines as well as waste bunkers left to the raw elements for maintenance— and tremendous in size and number—trouble is literally everywhere here. The Irish course deserves much more than playing second fiddle to the Straits. It holds its own as one of region’s best modern public courses. The Straits trumps the Irish in lakefront beauty and major-tournament pedigree, but the Irish is a match in shotmaking requirements and at about half the price, it’s the better value of the two. IRISH COURSE