Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 26 August 2011

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Course 3: Whistling Straits

A throwback to the raw freshness of Ireland, Whistling Straits is sculpted around the winding coastline of Wisconsin. Both the courses here have hosted the PGA Championship, the US Senior Open and the Palmer Cup, and are ranked among the best in the US. Both are definitely worth a swing or two as well, even if just for the spectacular scenery: The rugged, windswept terrain defines the walking-only straights course, which runs along the coastline for two miles.

Created by Pete Dye, the two courses are set just inland from the great lake, from which four meandering streams snake through the land. We recommend the Irish Course, which runs through deceptively tranquil grassland and dunes, presenting an abundance of unique challenges.

Players at Whistling Straits can retire in the elegant, rustic clubhouse after a hard-days golfing. Reminiscent of an Irish country farmhouse, the building is full of history and ambiance - a place where golfers can enjoy traditional British Isles cuisine while looking out across the landscape of Michigan. The Whistling Straits restaurant knocked up a Three Diamond Award from AAA in 2011 - so you’ll be confident of some quality grub when you reach the end of the course.


Course 4: Kiawah Island: Ocean

Kiawah Island offers five challenging golf courses near South Carolina’s historic Charleston, but our favourite is definitely the Ocean Course, which has hosted the 2007 Senior PGA and the 1991 Ryder Cup amongst others. Set to host the 2012 PGA Championships next year, it will become the fourth course to have hosted all of the PGA America major championships. The Ocean course is special for its strong winds, which are unparalleled outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland. From one round to the nest a player can experience up to an 8-club difference on holes depending upon the direction and strength of wind. Another course built by Pete Dye, it’s a culmination of two courses, one designed for an easterly wind and one for a westerly wind.

The Ocean Course is located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, and features more seaside holes than any other course in the northern hemisphere - ten right along the Atlantic and another eight running parallel to them. Originally designed to sit behind the dunes, Dye’s wife suggested raising the entire course to allow players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s beautiful Atlantic coastline from every hole. This improved view made the course substantially more demanding, exposing the course to brisk and unpredictable sea breezes - perfect for those of you looking for a bit of a challenge.

Course 5: Pinehurst

Golf is at the heart and soul of the Pinehurst resort, which was created more than a century ago by Donald Ross. Serving as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America, there’s a reverence for the game found at the resort that lives in the traditions, championships and legends that have made it one of the most storied golf resorts in the world.

Pinehurst offers eight courses, but we recommend Pinehurst No 2 - arguably Ross’s most-loved golf course, which he continued to perfect until his death in 1948. After an extensive restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the course has been returned to the way Ross originally intended it to be.  Opened in 1907, Ross called No. 2 “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” Best known for its crowned, undulating greens, the course is recognised as one of the most complex and widely hailed in the world.


0 # RE: Puff Picks: Public Golf CoursesRobert Levine 2011-08-31 10:59
Don't forget Bethpage, NY. Bethpage State Park, home of 2 recent U.S. Opens, it has 5 challenging courses and of course the famous Bethpage Black. all open to the public

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