I’d have to say that my recent trip to Wisconsin was definitely one of the best times I have had in recent memory. Besides the fact that my brother Nick got married which was pretty cool to see, we had the opportunity to play 2 of the top golf courses in the country. The group of four included myself, my brother Nick, our friend Erick Arbe, and our friend Jordon Arnold.
Firstly, we played Erin Hills just west of Milwaukee. They will host the 2011 U.S. Amateur and the 2017 U.S. Open. We played from the “Back Black” tees that measured out at a shade under 8,400 yards. The wind also was gusting at 30 mph on average. It was an unbelievable course and I have never hit that many 3 woods into Par-4’s in my life. One of the longest holes, the par-5 first hole, played at 672 yards into a gusting wind. Not how you want to start your round!
On Friday, we played Whistling Straits and specifically the Straits course. This was my 3rd time playing the masterpiece but I have not played it since 2003. The Straits course will host next years PGA Championship and a future Ryder Cup. There is no mistake why that course is ranked top 5 in the country. Every view is breathtaking and every shot challenges your nerves and feel. Truly a magnificent design by Pete Dye.
I added a few pictures in case anyone has never been up there. If you get the opportunity to play there do not pass it up or your will regret it. Both courses, although owned by different individuals, have remarkable character to them and a challenge that you don’t see most places. I hope ya’ll enjoy!