Whistling Straits - Irish Course, Sheboygan, WI
Playing little brother to the Straits course, the Irish course doesn't always get the love it deserves. Designed by Pete Dye as well, The Irish course plays just inland opening up 2 years after the Straits course in 2000. In respect to the origins of the game, both courses at Whistling Straits were designed to be walked. I gladly picked up my bag and started off on the 5 mile hike / chasing of the little white ball.
The course comes in at #47 on Golf Digest's top 100 public courses. Although it was no walk in the park, this was the easiest of the bunch I would play on my Wisconsin trip. In typical Pete Dye fashion, there is a man made lake on 17 that will make you think twice about your 1st and 2nd shots. I imagine 17 has spoiled many good rounds and elicited several "That Pete Dye is a real SOB"s. I managed to avoid the water on 17 but found it on 18 for a disappointing finish to a great round of golf on a great course. I particularly enjoyed the scenic 6th hole, a short par 3 surrounded by bunkers.