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Borrowing influences from Ireland, including the name, The Irish at Whistling Straits® was ranked #35 in GolfWeek’s 2017 Best Resort Courses and #45 in Golf Digest’s 2017/2018 America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. Just inland from the great lake and interspersed by four meandering streams, the grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish course is a deceivingly tranquil landscape. Both traditional and memorable, the Irish course is full of unique challenges. We recommend staying at Kohler Resort, and including The Straits golf course in a package with Blackwolf Run’s Meadow Valleys and The River course.
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Borrowing influences from Ireland, including the name, The Irish at Whistling Straits® was ranked #35 in GolfWeek’s 2017 Best Resort Courses and #45 in Golf Digest’s 2017/2018 America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. Just inland from the great lake and interspersed by four meandering streams, the grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish course is a deceivingly tranquil landscape. Both traditional and memorable, the Irish course is full of unique challenges.
The course has everything you want from lush grass, a generous amount of water & trees to make the course challenging, but also well-places bunkers to keep you on your toes. It opened in 2000, and Pete Dye did a splendid second job at Whistling Straits with The Irish Golf Course. The course is much cheaper to play than The Straits, but that’s not due to its layout, just to the Straits’ fame as the host to major tournaments. The layout of The Irish appeals to a much wider demographic than The Straits because it’s less punishing.
It’s also more protected from the winds blowing directly from Lake Michigan, and it features bentgrass fairways & greens, providing a softer playing surface where your stray shots won’t always run into knee-deep tussocks. The signature hole is the 18th a 510-metre par-5 where the green is out of sight from the tee, and the approach to the tee reveals right-side shots having a blind approach shot and left-hand shots, if they make it over the water, will have a better view of the green.
Kohler Swing Studio
Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop houses two aboutGolf® Simulators, the official golf simulator provider of the PGA TOUR and Golf Channel. With over 25 years in the golf simulation business, aboutGolf is the world’s number one all-time distributor of computer golf simulation software. With the latest technology aboutGolf measures total distance, carry, run, club speed, ball speed, backspin, sidespin, vertical angle, horizontal angle, maximum height, shot shape and much more.
Kohler Golf Academy
Kohler Golf Academy provides year-round golf instruction with practice facilities at Blackwolf Run®, Whistling Straits®, and Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop. Improve your game with golf schools and private lessons at Kohler Golf Academy, the only golf academy in the Midwest recognised with Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Best in Golf Award. The academy’s certified instructors have experience working with players of all abilities including touring professionals and top amateurs. Take advantage of state-of-the-art game improvement technology to advance your game including video analysis with the JC Video System.
Blackwolf Run Restaurant
With panoramic views of the Pete Dye-designed championship golf courses, this rustic American grill features regional cuisine, such as corn sausage chowder, king salmon, stuffed and smoked pork chops, premium steaks and house made desserts. Dine in front of a huge fieldstone fireplace, or enjoy outdoor dining on the terrace, overlooking the 18th greens of the River and Meadow Valleys courses.