What are the differences between Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run golf courses?

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Larry Olmsted

The two courses at The American Club’s Whistling Straits facility are links courses built in the style of the great seaside courses of Scotland and Ireland. They are largely treeless and are constantly windswept, making play more challenging. They are both flanked with high sand dunes and thick rough, and each has an exceptionally large number of sand traps. The average for a course is 100 to 200, but the Straits has more than a thousand. And since they are open, there is a lot of room for errant shots. The courses at Blackwolf Run are parkland designs, carved through inland forests, so if you miss the fairways and rough, your ball is often lost in the trees. Also, the Blackwolf Run courses are crossed by streams and feature lakes. The water hazard at Whistling Straits is largely limited to Lake Michigan. The look and feel of the two facilities is very different — beach versus forest — and each offers unique challenges.

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