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Steve Stricker, who lives in Wisconsin and is the captain of the US team, said Kohler put Wisconsin on the golf map.
“Whistling Straits is a tremendous test, a beautiful piece of land,” he said. “Thanks to Herb and his family, it’s just one of those iconic places here in our state. To be honest, it started right here for Wisconsin Golf. “
The Ryder Cup is of course about challenging the pros. Jason Mengel, director of the Ryder Cup, which ends on Sunday, said he believes the course is “one of the best golf tests in the world”.
There will also be the noisy crowd on the first tee, where Mengel said they put hospitality tents in high-visibility areas to improve the atmosphere. As he came down the course, Mengel said the par 3 17th hole called Pinch Nerve “could play a crucial role” in determining the winner.
Pinched Nerve continues a dye tradition of testing a golfer’s courage late in the round. Cut into a slope, the green is flanked to the left and right by bunkers with a sharp drop to the left of the long, somewhat narrow green. Lake Michigan lies behind these bunkers. Should golfers turn right and push the shot up the hill, they have little chance of racing the ball off the green from the raised bench.
If you look at the square’s two end holes, it’s hard to believe that it is on land that was once a runway. Dyes have been cut into the cliffs that overlook the lake to create a ragged look like the course has always been waiting to be discovered. Doak said the dirt he dug up from these cliffs allowed Dye to create the dunes and hills that were found throughout the course.
Dye’s courses continue to test the best players. He had a unique vision that was not that every course should have a set of qualities, but that a golf course should encourage golfers to give their best by finding their way around the course. The pressure of the Ryder Cup will only add to this thinking.