Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States of America
Built to resemble Ireland’s Ballybunion and nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Whistling Straits presents an exceptional golfing experience on a course constantly rated in the top 100 in the world. In fact, sipping on a Guinness in the elegant clubhouse and watching the fog roll in from the lake, you may fleetingly wonder whether you had been mysteriously transported to the Emerald Isle. Designer, Pete Dye carted 13,000 truckloads of sand onto the course during its construction – and it feels as though most of it was used for bunkers. The course sports in excess of a thousand bunkers on the course working out at more than fifty per hole. Although many of them do not come into play, they create a dramatic and rough appearance throughout the landscape. Duly, a wayward drive is likely to end in sand if you are lucky, off a cliff if you are not. The course features eight holes on the shores of Lake Michigan; with greens artfully situated on and above the water the golfer is confronted with beautifully laid out holes and challenging shots. The short 17th is one of its most spectacular. Face with a great view and a lot of water in the lake to the right, monstrous bunkers to the left and tangled rough short of the green, you have but one shot – straight to the heart of the green. Good luck.