Whistling Straits drone video: See flyovers of all 18 holes for Ryder Cup

Whistling Straits, home of the 43rd Ryder Cup, is one of the most dramatic visual treats in golf.

Whistling Straits drone video: See flyovers of all 18 holes for Ryder Cup

HAVEN, Wis. – Whistling Straits’ Straits Course, home of the 43rd Ryder Cup on Sept. 24-26, is one of the most dramatic visual treats in golf.

Built by Pete Dye on the shore of Lake Michigan, the formerly flat site once housed a military base before the legendary designer trucked in some 13,000 loads of sand to shape an incredible vista of flowing dunes, fescue grass and incredibly difficult golf shots.

The Straits will play as a par 71 at 7,390 yards for the Ryder Cup. It’s normally a par 72, but the par-5 11th was shortened to a par 4 for the event.

The Straits ranks as the No. 1 public-access course in Wisconsin on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list, as well as No. 8 among all of Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses in the U.S.

No. 1 “Outward bound”

Par 4, 364 yards

No. 2 “Cross country”

Par 5, 593 yards

No. 3 “O’ Man”

Par 3, 181 yards

No. 4 “Glory”

Par 4, 489 yards

No. 5 “Snake”

Par 5, 603 yards

No. 6 “Gremlin’s ear”

Par 4, 355 yards

No. 7 “Shipwreck”

Par 3, 221 yards

No. 8 “On the rocks”

Par 4, 507 yards

No. 9 “Down and Dirty”

Par 4, 446 yards

No. 10 “Voyager”

Par 4, 361 yards

No. 11 “Sand box”

Par 4, 479 yards

No. 12 “Pop up”

Par 3, 143 yards

No. 13 “Cliff hanger”

Par 4, 404 yards

No. 14 “Widow’s watch”

Par 4, 401 yards

No. 15 “Grand strand”

Par 4, 518 yards

No. 16 “Endless bite”

Par 5, 552 yards

No. 17 “Pinched nerve”

Par 3, 233 yards

No. 18 “Dyeabolical”

Par 4, 515 yards

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Ryder Cup key holes: Serpentine 16th will provide fireworks as matches come down to the wire

This winding, curving par 5 could play a critical role as one of Whistling Straits closing holes.

Ryder Cup key holes: Serpentine 16th will provide fireworks as matches come down to the wire

The 16th hole at Whistling Straits will prove most pivotal for a few reasons, and maybe none bigger than the order of where it sits on the course, as percentages say that many matches don’t make it to the 17th tee during the Ryder Cup.

There will be plethora of birdies with a few eagles mixed in  assuming this hole plays similarly to how it did during the 2015 PGA Championship, where it was the easiest hole on the course, playing to an average of 4.62.

Standing on the tee of this 552-yard par 5, most players know they should be able to reach in two with the forecasted wind direction out of the west (from right to left), which adds a little extra pressure to hit the fairway. Playing well away from Lake Michigan which borders the hole down the entirety of the left side, captain Steve Stricker has opened up the right rough corridor to some 40 feet wide where the players can bail out short of the fairway bunkers.

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The more difficult left side is flanked by numerous bunkers just waiting to catch the errant hook off the tee. A layup must be hit to a serpentine fairway where the line and distance must marry to offer the best option for the approach shot.  

For those who are able to fire for the green in two, great scores await and players will be greeted by a fairway lie with the ball slightly above their feet which gives the best opportunity for a nice high draw into the green from 220-250 yards or more. To assist here, the green is similarly canted from right to left with two mounds protruding into the green from just right of greenside. 

The Puttview yardage book for Whistling Straits’ Straits Course, site of the Ryder Cup (Courtesy of Puttview)

This allows the freedom to aim down the right side and away from trouble and allowing the natural contours to move the ball towards the hole as it bounds onto the putting surface. This avoids taking the risk of hugging the more dangerous left side of the hole, where it only gets more difficult the closer the player gets to the green.  

All in all, there should be plenty of fireworks at the scoreable 16th.  We just might see a few eagles to close out matches here accompanied with the traditional high-decibel roars we have become accustomed to over the years.

Steve Scott is the Director of Instruction for Golfweek and the author of the book “Hey, Tiger – you need to move your mark back,” released earlier this year (Skyhorse Publishing, $19.99). It’s available at movethatback.com. Aside from leading our lessons, Scott is also the PGA head golf professional at the Outpost Club, founder of the Silver Club Golfing Society and a PGA Tour Live analyst.

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