Grass Types and Cutting Heights

The Straits Course at Whistling Straits is under the direction of Steve Friedlander - General Manager and Director of Golf, Michael Lee - Manager, Golf Course Maintenance, and David Swift - Superintendent of the Straits Course.

The following are the types of grass and cutting heights for The 86th PGA Championship:

Greens Bent Double Cut Daily 1/8"
Collars Bent Daily Cut 9/32"
Approaches Bent Daily Cut 9/32"
Tees Bent Daily Cut 9/32"
Fairways Fescue Daily Cut 1/2"
First cut of Rough Fescue Cut as needed 2 "
Second cut of Rough Fescue Cut as needed 4 - 5"
Native Rough Fescue Un-cut long to seedheads
Water Hazards Water may come into play on Holes #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 #10, #12, #13, #16, #17 & #18.

There are over 1,000 bunkers on the golf course.

All areas of the course that were designed and built as sand bunkers will be played as bunkers (hazards) whether or not they have been raked. This will mean that many bunkers that are positioned outside of the ropes as well as some areas of bunkers inside the ropes, close to the rope line, will likely include numerous footprints, heelprints and tire tracks during play of the Championship. Such irregularities of surface are a part of the game and no free relief will be available from these conditions.

All bunkers inside the ropes will be raked each morning prior to play as normal. The local rule allowing players to move stones in bunkers will be in effect. A player in doubt about whether or not his ball lies in or touches a bunker should consult a PGA of America Rules Official on the hole.

Terrain Links

PGA of America Rules Committee

Whistling Straits

Straits Course
Kohler, Wisconsin
7,514 Yards / Par 72

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