Clubhouse during 2010 PGA Championship
|Location||Town of Mosel, at Haven,|
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
|Established||1998, 23 years ago|
|Owned by||Kohler Company|
|Operated by||The American Club|
|Tournaments hosted||PGA Championship|
(2004, 2010, 2015)
U.S. Senior Open (2007),
Ryder Cup (2021)
|Designed by||Pete and Alice Dye|
|Length||7,790 yards (7,123 m)|
|Designed by||Pete and Alice Dye|
|Length||7,201 yards (6,585 m)|
Whistling Straits is one of two 36-hole links-style golf courses associated with The American Club, a luxury golf resort located near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and owned by a subsidiary of the Kohler Company. The other is Blackwolf Run, south of Kohler Village. The Whistling Straits complex is located north of Sheboygan, in the unincorporated community of Haven in the Town of Mosel in Sheboygan County. Although the Whistling Straits courses are located in Haven, the promotional and postal address is Kohler, site of The American Club.
The Straits Course is the flagship course at Whistling Straits. As of 2012, it had a length of 7,790 yards (7,123 m) and a par of 72. It hosted the 2004 PGA Championship won by Vijay Singh in a playoff over Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard, the 2007 U.S. Senior Open won by Brad Bryant, and the 2010 PGA Championship won by Martin Kaymer in a playoff over Bubba Watson. The course hosted the PGA Championship for a third time in 2015 with Jason Day winning three shots better than Jordan Spieth. In 2021 the Ryder Cup will be held on the course.
The Straits Course replicates the ancient seaside links courses of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Nestled along a two-mile (3 km) stretch of Lake Michigan, the course has eight holes hugging the lake, a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, elevation changes of approximately 80 feet (24 m), and three stone bridges. It has vast rolling greens, deep pot bunkers, grass-topped dunes and winds that sweep in off the lake. Being a coastal links-style course, there are few large trees or woods on the course. The course is open and exposed to the wind and elements.
Before the course was built, the property was an abandoned airfield called Camp Haven (1949–1959), with a stream running through the middle. Wisconsin Electric purchased the property in the 1970s and attempted to build the Haven Nuclear Power Plant on the property, but its construction was opposed by local residents and Wisconsin Power & Light (Sheboygan County's major electric utility), and the company never built the plant. It then sold the property in Kohler Company in the early 1990s.
Kohler Company CEO Herbert Kohler hired Dye to be the course architect. During construction, the original landscape of the Straits Course was covered with about 800,000 cubic yards (610,000 m3) of dirt and sand.
The second course at Whistling Straits is the Irish Course, an inland grass-and-dune layout. It is a par-72 course that features 7,201 yards (6,585 m) of golf from the longest tees, with a course rating of 75.6 and a slope rating of 146. Also designed by Pete Dye, it opened for play in 2000. The course record of 67 was shot by Mike Frechette in 2007 and then matched by Garret Buckley at the 2014 Whistling Straits Intercollegiate.
Major tournaments hosted
|2004||PGA Championship||Vijay Singh||280 (−8)||Playoff|| Justin Leonard
|2007||U.S. Senior Open||Brad Bryant||282 (−6)||3 strokes||Ben Crenshaw||470,000|
|2010||PGA Championship||Martin Kaymer||277 (−11)||Playoff||Bubba Watson||1,350,000|
|2015||PGA Championship||Jason Day||268 (−20)||3 strokes||Jordan Spieth||1,800,000|
|2021||Ryder Cup||TBD||Not applicable|
|2||Cross Country||593||5||11||Sand Box||563||5|
|3||O' Man||181||3||12||Pop Up||143||3|
|6||Gremlin's Ear||355||4||15||Grand Strand||518||4|
|8||On the Rocks||507||4||17||Pinched Nerve||223||3|
|9||Down and Dirty||446||4||18||Dyeabolical||520||4|
Previous course lengths for major championships:
- 7,514 yards (6,871 m) – par 72, 2010 PGA Championship
- 7,514 yards (6,871 m) – par 72, 2004 PGA Championship
|1||High Ground||400||4||10||Shepherd's Post||398||4|
|2||Giants Leap||372||4||11||Lamp Chop||208||3|
|4||Sandbanks||489||4||13||Blind Man's Bluff||183||3|
|5||Devil's Elbow||570||5||14||Tullamore Dew||564||5|
|6||Mulligan's Watch||160||3||15||Frog Water||479||4|
|8||Garden Creek||555||5||17||Irish Mist||375||4|
|9||Last Gaspe||484||4||18||Black and Tan||558||5|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Whistling Straits Golf Course.|
- "Course Rating and Slope Database: Whistling Straits: Straits Course". USGA. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
- Mead Library Information on Camp Haven
- Camp Haven history, accessed December 2019.
- "PGA Championship: course tour". PGA of America. 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
- "The Straits, hole-by-hole". Whistling Straits. Retrieved August 11, 2014.