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Hello Wisconsin!

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.

 The very cool par 3, 9th hole at Erin Hills.

The very cool par 3, 9th hole at Erin Hills.

 The early morning view on the range at Erin Hills

The early morning view on the range at Erin Hills

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.

 the 16th hole at Erin Hills figures to be a pivotal hole in the 2017 U.S. Open.

the 16th hole at Erin Hills figures to be a pivotal hole in the 2017 U.S. Open.

 Plenty of tall fescue to hunt down wayward teeshots on Whistling Straits' Irish course.

Plenty of tall fescue to hunt down wayward teeshots on Whistling Straits' Irish course.

 The opening hole on the Irish sets a great pace for the round.

The opening hole on the Irish sets a great pace for the round.

 One of the most scenic par 3's on the Irish course is the 6th hole.

One of the most scenic par 3's on the Irish course is the 6th hole.

 The difficult 17th hole.  The superintendent cut us some slack with that pin position.

The difficult 17th hole.  The superintendent cut us some slack with that pin position.

 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.

 I got up on some of the partially taken down grandstands to get this one of the 15th hole.

I got up on some of the partially taken down grandstands to get this one of the 15th hole.

 John Daly fired 3 balls into the lake here on the 7th and then threw his club in after it during the 2015 PGA.  A kid in a boat would later retrieve it.

John Daly fired 3 balls into the lake here on the 7th and then threw his club in after it during the 2015 PGA.  A kid in a boat would later retrieve it.

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.  

 The difficult par 4 8th hole.  I almost hit it in the lake and made a great par save from the beach.

The difficult par 4 8th hole.  I almost hit it in the lake and made a great par save from the beach.

 The par 3 3rd hole is the 1st in a series of 4 jaw dropping waterfront par 3's.

The par 3 3rd hole is the 1st in a series of 4 jaw dropping waterfront par 3's.

 One of my favorite moments in the 2015 PGA was when Jason Day flat out chunked one 20 yards short of the green with a wedge.  Unfazed, he got up and down for par and went on to win the tournament with a record -20.  What a stud

One of my favorite moments in the 2015 PGA was when Jason Day flat out chunked one 20 yards short of the green with a wedge.  Unfazed, he got up and down for par and went on to win the tournament with a record -20.  What a stud

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.

 Here is the finishing 18th hole.  A great spot to watch the action.

Here is the finishing 18th hole.  A great spot to watch the action.

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.

 Plenty of risk reward options at Black Wolf Run

Plenty of risk reward options at Black Wolf Run

 The tough 11th hole at Black Wolf Run

The tough 11th hole at Black Wolf Run

 The view from the tee box on the par 4, 5th hole at Black Wolf Run.  Oh yeah.

The view from the tee box on the par 4, 5th hole at Black Wolf Run.  Oh yeah.