In town for a wedding on Lake Geneva, I seized the opportunity to play some of the best golf courses that Wisconsin has to offer. A fantastic lineup of Erin Hills, Black Wolf Run, and both courses at Whistling Straits were on the agenda.
After dropping off the wife and some friends after the wedding, I drove the hour or so to Erin Hills for my first Wisconsin golfing experience. I was fortunate enough to join a great group of guys who were on the tail end of their 27th consecutive annual golf buddies trip. Read the full review on Erin Hills and see all the pictures here.
Erin Hills will host the 2017 U.S. Open. This will be an excellent new course for the Open and I am excited to watch the action.
Next up on the agenda was the Irish course at Whistling Straits. Living in the shadow of it's next door neighbor, the Irish course does a great job of holding it's own.
The course has a cool American links feel to it and served as a great warm up for it's big brother. Read the full write up on the Irish course here.
Whistling Straits was easily the most fun I had photographing a golf course. With all of the huge sand dunes, there are tons of places to get unique vantage shots of the course. It was hard to narrow down the shots for the gallery.
Next up was the Straits course at Whistling Straits. Playing host to the 2015 PGA Championship just weeks prior, they were still taking down some of the final grandstands. I managed to sneak an official program from the rubble beforehand, so I was ready to go.
There are no carts allowed on the Straits course and caddies are required. Which means none of those cart path bounces or scuffed balls. Although that won't save you from finding Lake Michigan on the course's 8 lakeside holes.
Out of all the courses I have played Whistling Straits might just be my favorite. It's a close call with Pebble Beach for the top spot. Be sure to check out the full review and writeup here.
For the final round of my Wisconsin trip, I was greeted by these swans at Black Wolf Run. After 3 days of taking on Pete Dye designs would I finally get the best of Pete? Be sure to read the full review here.
Black Wolf Run is a must play for any golfer visiting the Kohler area. The course features two 18 hole tracks, the River and the Meadow Valley course. I played the River which is the more popular option.
A big thanks to everyone that I played with and to the courses for being such tremendous hosts.