Whistling Straits: Top 10 Reasons Why It's an Amazing Golf Course

Kathy BissellCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2010

Whistling Straits: Top 10 Reasons Why It's an Amazing Golf Course

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 14:  Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the continuation of the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 14, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin
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    10.Like Pebble Beach, it has a watery coast. Only this one is fresh water with muskie and sturgeon, not whales and sea lions. 

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 14:  Luke Donald of England plays a bunker shot on the 11th hole during the continuation of the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 14, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by An
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    9.  Like many links courses, it has difficult bunkers.  Over 1000 of them.

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    KOHLER, WI - SEPTEMBER 2:  General view of the par 5 11th hole at Whistling Straits Golf Course, site of the 2004 PGA Championship on September 2, 2003 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  Scottish Blackface sheep roam the rough terrain features along Lake Michigan.  (
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    8.  When there's not a major championship, there are sheep on the course, living mowers, as it were.  

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 13:  Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the third hole during the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 13, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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    7. Like many great courses, it's hard to get a tee time.  Unless you are playing in a major. 

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    LIMERICK, IRELAND - JULY 06:  Herb Kohler, American businessman, in action during the second round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 6, 2010 in Limerick, Ireland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty
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    6.  It has an unique owner, Herb Kohler, noted for business first and golf second, not  the other way around.

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 14:  Tiger Woods walks with his caddie Steve Williams on the 18th hole during the continuation of the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 14, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo
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    5.  It's a walking course.  Mainly because you'd probably kill yourself in a cart.  Especially after any adult beverages.

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 14:  Jim Furyk hits a shot on the 16th tee during the continuation of the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 14, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Imag
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    4. It doesn't favor any particular kind of player.  Long hitters do well -- Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson -- and short hitters -- Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk -- have a chance.

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 14:  Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the continuation of the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 14, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin
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    3. It has memorable holes.  

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 14:  Vijay Singh of Fiji watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the continuation of the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 14, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stua
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    2. It hosts major championships, like the 2004 PGA, 2010 PGA, 2015 PGA and 2020 Ryder Cup..

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 13:  Ernie Els of South Africa hits a tee shot on the third hole during the second round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 13, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Image
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    1. It's  absolutely spectacular looking.  With views of Lake Michigan on at least 15 of the 18 holes, Whistling Straits has views so breathtaking you'll almost forget your bad shots. 

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