From the moment you turn onto the property, you know that you are in for something special. The humps and bumps and bunkers are truly other-worldly. As you enter the clubhouse, you feel like you have transported to another part of the world.
The Straits Course is one of the most visually intimidating courses I have ever seen. There are holes where you can’t see the landing area off the tee, and then after you get to your drive…you can’t see the green surface on your approach. That being said, this course is very playable for the amateur and high handicapper. You will find a set of tees to your liking. The Straits course lives up to every inch of its reputation as a major championship venue.
What I love about what Pete Dye does on the Irish Course is lure you into a (somewhat) false sense of security. The front nine is shorter, mostly downwind, and relatively benign. Then Dye turns you uphill and into the prevailing wind as you make the turn. He patiently waits for you and then crushes your spirits on the finishing holes. The back nine of the Irish Course might be my favorite nine holes in Wisconsin. The only difference in my eyes compared to the Straits (from a purely golf course standpoint) is the view. Sure you don’t get the wonderful scenic views of Lake Michigan, but the course itself is still a Pete Dye masterpiece!