Whistling Straits hole by hole for PGA

A hole-by-hole look at Whistling Straits, site of the 92nd PGA

Championship to be played Aug. 12-15. Hole description followed by

Vijay Singh’s scores when he won the PGA in 2004 (including playoff

holes 10, 17, 18):

No. 1, 408 yards, par 4: A gentle start to the championship,

with a slight dogleg to the left. Tee shots down the left side

flirt with a series of bunkes and dunes, while the right side

creates a longer approach from the rough. Deep bunkers protect the

green left and long.

Singh: 4-5-4-4

No. 2, 593 yards, par 5: Tee shot should be down the left side

to avoid a blind second shot. To reach the green in two, players

will have to clear a deep pot bunker 35 yards short of the green. A

layup still requires a wedge to a slightly uphill, narrow green

guarded by deep bunkers to the left and a large swale to the


Singh: 4-4-5-5

No. 3, 181 yards, par 3: Large, undulating green with a big

water hazard – Lake Michigan – on the left. Deep bunkers and dunes

are to the left of the green. Anything on the right side of the

green will move quickly to the left. Size of the green could mean a

three-club difference depending on the hole location.

Singh: 3-3-3-3.

No. 4, 493 yards, par 4: A visually intimidating hole, it

features large mounding down the right side and bunkers and dunes

to the left that drop off toward the lake. The approach will be a

middle iron to a slightly elevated green that hangs on the edge of

Lake Michigan’s bluffs and will force players to consider the right


Singh: 3-3-5-6.

No. 5, 598 yards, par 5: The fairway bends sharply to the right

with water on both sides. This should be a three-shot hole for most

players. Anyone going for the green in two will have a long carry

over the water to a shallow green with no margin for error short

and left.

Sing: 4-4-5-5.

No. 6, 355 yards, par 4: The shortest par 4 on the course, some

might try to drive the green. The penalty is a deep pot bunker that

guards the front and should be avoided. An iron off the tee that

strays too far right could lead to a blind approach to a shallow,

undulating green. Any shot short, right or long will make for a

tough par.

Singh: 4-4-3-4.

No. 7, 221 yards, par 3: This hole hugs the Lake Michigan

shoreline on the right. The green also is protected by bunkers

short and right, and the left is framed by a large hill layered

with bunkers. The long green will make club selection critical,

because the putting surface has subtle movements.

Singh: 3-3-3-4.

No. 8, 507 yards, par 4: A blind landing area off the tee will

challenge players to keep their tee shots left to avoid a severe

drop into dunes, bunkers and Lake Michigan. The second shot has the

lake as a backdrop. A mid- to long iron will be required to reach

the deep green guarded by sand dunes and bunkers.

Singh: 3-4-4-4.

No. 9, 449 yards, par 4: The fairway tilts to the right, but a

tee shot too far to the right might cause the approach to be

blocked by a large tree about 100 yards short of the green. Seven

Mile Creek and a series of narrow bunkers wind along the right side

of the humpback green, with the left protected by sand dunes and


Singh: 4-4-4-4.

No. 10, 361 yards, par 4: The ideal tee shot is close to the

left edge of the fairway. A deep bunker on the right side of the

landing area requires a 240-yard carry to set up a wedge to the

elevated green. Some big hitters might risk trying to drive the

green, which has deep bunkers short and left. Singh nearly drove

the green in the playoff, leading to his only birdie of the final


Singh: 3-3-3-4-3.

No. 11, 618 yards, par 5: Anything that misses the fairway right

will be swallowed by sand dunes and bunkers. The second shot must

avoid a huge bunker on the left that extends about 100 yards from

the green. The bunker is 16 feet deep, meaning players will have a

blind shot to the green. Anything short of this elevated, small

green might roll back to the fairway. Anything long will catch a


Singh: 5-5-5-5.

No. 12, 143 yards, par 3: The shortest hole at Whistling Straits

plays downhill to a large, undulating green. Anything short or

right drops off some 40 feet into the dunes and Lake Michigan. The

green is one of the most difficult to manage, so the fun only

starts when the ball gets there.

Singh: 3-2-3-3.

No. 13, 404 yards, par 4: A tee shot that misses to the right

will find sand dunes and awkward lies. A wedge or short iron to the

green is downhill to a narrow putting surface that hangs on the

cliffs of Lake Michigan and is protected by bunkers to the short

right and left. Anything right will be lost over the steep


Singh: 4-4-3-4.

No. 14, 373 yards, par 4: A long iron off the tee should favor

the right side. Anything left likely will end up with a blind

approach or in a sand bunker at the corner of the fairway. The

approach is only a wedge, but deep bunkers guard the right side of

the undulating green, with more bunkers long and left of the


Singh: 3-4-4-4.

No. 15, 518 yards, par 4: The longest par 4 on the course

requires raw power off the tee, followed by a precise approach with

a long iron. Sunken sand dunes to the right of the fairway and in

front of the green protect this large, undulating putting surface.

Bunkers also guard the left side of the green.

Singh: 4-5-4-5.

No. 16, 569 yards, par 5: The shortest of the par 5s will tempt

players to hit driver off the tee to a tight landing area so they

can reach the green in two. The long approach is a forced carry

over sand dunes and bunkers that will cause players to bail out to

the right. The green is elevated, with Lake Michigan as the


Singh: 5-4-4-5.

No. 17, 223 yards, par 3: The green is guarded on the left by

monstrous sand dunes and bunkers that fall 20 feet below the green.

A large, elevated dune some 40 yards short of the green will lure

players toward the left side, which is risky because of the drop

toward the lake. A tee shot over the bunker is the safe play.

Anything too far to the right will catch dunes and bunkers on a

steep hillside.

Singh: 3-3-3-3-3.

No. 18, 500 yards, par 4: Birdies should be rare on this closing

hole. The aggressive play is to the left side of the fairway, but

requires a 270-yard carry over dunes and bunkers. Tee shots must

not go too far or they will find Seven Mile Creek. The approach is

downhill and must carry the creek. The green is more than 18,000

square feet with several undulations.

Singh: 5-4-4-4-4.