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“Whistling Straits; Straits or the Irish? Either one is great.”

Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Kohler
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Owner description: Beautiful, well-tended course soon to be one of the best championship golf courses in the world.
Iowa
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“Whistling Straits; Straits or the Irish? Either one is great.”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

I secured a tee time here in late October of 2010 for both the Irish and the Straits course, and had the luck of playing the Irish Course as a single first thing in the morning. It is a surreal feeling teeing off ahead of everybody else as you hit into the misty morning sun.

The Irish isn't as demanding as the Straits so it is playable without a caddy and very easy to walk. Be aware of the flock of sheep that do roam both courses, although they are easily noticed by the bells they wear. My only caution on this course is when you play Devil's Elbow (#5) do it safely and don't try to hit over the sand, as it protects the green and makes it extremely difficult to land on the green on your second shot.

For the Straits course, I would definitely recommend a caddy as they know every nuance of the course. What club to play, where to aim, the slope of the greens, and of course the yardages. I certainly would not have enjoyed my round as much if I didn't have a caddy, so spend the money because it is worth the price.

If you are a golf aficionado and want to play the same course as the pros, make a trip to Whistling Straits and play the Straits. Yes it is pricey but it's not about the money, it's about the experience.

Visited November 2010
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Guilderland, New York
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“Whistling Straits, You won't be disappointed!!!”
Reviewed September 25, 2011

As an avid golfer, I was exicited to be going to Kohler on a recent business trip. We played both the Straits and the Irish. These courses are side by side but the Straits has some holes that are played right along the shore of lake Michican. Some of the approach shots to the greens perched on the bluffs are out of this world dramatic. We had caddies both days and would highly recommend them to complete the experience. They were very knowledgeable and, after two or three holes, had your ability sized up for proper club advise if needed. Seeing and hearing the bell equiped sheep on a few fairways was pretty cool too. Multiple tee's make these courses playable for all levels except beginner. Pro shop was very well stocked, practice facilities were good and the locker room was perfect. The overall tone at Whistling Straits is customer service to which they excel.

Visited September 2011
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Beautiful spot for delicious lunch!”
Reviewed September 23, 2011

. The atmosphere here is like walking into a Manor house by the lake. The furnishings are all high quality but it has a casual atmosphere since it is adjacent to the golf course. The views are spectacular looking out over the rolling course and out to Lake Michigan. The food is always a delight. Our personal favorite is the Leek Soup - my teenagers love it. All the sandwiches, entrees, and salads we have tried have been delicious. The desserts, if you can find room, are wonderful! This is definitely a place to go out of your way to find!!!

Visited August 2011
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Minnesota
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“Whistling Straits? 2010 PGA? Gotta play it.”
Reviewed August 29, 2011

Very expensive is my first thought, but one time in your life. Caddies there, who caddy all over the United States prefer Whistling Straits to Pebble Beach. They have about 11 holes right on the lake, and I mean right on it. Greens sitting out on penisulas. Very difficult, but as a 9 handicap I shot 86 and was 2 over thru 8 until I got bad advice on the 9th tee from my 2 handicap son and my caddy. But I did hit a bad shot. Beautiful, beautiful place to play a round of golf with great caddies. Clubhouse is neat. Use the locker room with the Kohler fixtures. We got a great rate for playing 4 rounds in 2 days (1 at each of their courses), but I haven't seen that rate ever again. Sheep on the course. Having played all over Southwest Ireland, Whistling Straits would still be my #1 course to play one round. Had a terrific experience.

Visited May 2011
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sherwood, wi
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“Best of Wisconsin?”
Reviewed December 24, 2009

I have played at Whistling Straits a number of times. It is a spectacular golf course with some of the most scenic views of Lake Michigan you will ever see. Customer service is five star and the facilities are world class. It is a walking only course... no carts allowed.
The golf course is hard. Very hard if the wind is blowing at all. Greens are lightning fast and difficult to read. If your caddie reads the first few greens correctly then trust him. If not, tell him you would prefer reading them yourself and then pray. They are extremely sublte and hard to putt on.
The golf course while terrific is quirky. There are several holes that are odd by any standards and the rough with all the pot bunkers and sand can make the day miserable if you are a mid to high handicapper. If you want to have fun make sure you put your ego aside and play the round from the correct tee box. Be honest with your caddie about your skill level and let them direct you to the right distance. Why pay $300 and not have fun?
The Irish course is a must play and may be the more fun and interesting of the two courses. It's not as quirky, more visually interesting (although you do not see the lake) and a bit easier for most golfers. One tip I have is that carts are allowed on the Irish course but do not use them. You will walk more than if you just walked the whole round. Carts are for the cart paths only and they are a long way from the fairways.
As far as the best golf in Wisconsin? Not sure I agree. The best golf in Wisconsin is at the River Course at Blackwolf Run. If you are going to be in the Kohler area that is a must play course.

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