Whistling Straits is a famous and highly feared course of golf.
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The names of the holes “Shipwreck”, “On The Rocks” and “Dyeabolical,” should be enough for players to get their nerves jangled while they play “Outward Bound”. But, if the wind blows along the Wisconsin coast, stay safe.
While professionals may score below-par on the Straits course’s 7500-yard length, it can be difficult for those who are not in the top echelons.
Ryan French, a golf reporter and tweeter, posted a video on Sunday of a putt at college that was played at one of the most well-known courses in golf.
Whistling Straights hosted a college tournament a few weeks back. It was terrible windy and there were a few bad pin placements that made it a poor combination. After the carnage of the first day, the second day was cancelled. Three groups played this hole, and there were a 13 and 16. ?? pic.twitter.com/1vhSWxydW3
— Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1) Oct 23, 2022
French, who is one of the mainstays of The Fire Pit Collective ‘s story-telling website about golf, received many replies warning the green-staff:
This should be demonstrated to pros when they complain about slow greens at Open. This is why.
Robbie Macinnes (@robpool7) 22 October 2022
One person who was present confirmed the current state of affairs.
It was a great experience. This also happened on day 1. The conditions on day 1 were also the worst. I have seen a lot college golf. Pins on the first day were equally unfair. For example, the pins at hole 6 were 3 paces to the right with a strong left-to-right wind.
Chris Dohrer (@cdohrer October 23, 2022
College golf is not the only one to show unappetizing conditions.
We reported in May on , a college girls’ game at River Valley Golf Course, where players who missed two-foot shots faced return putts that were five times as long.
The average score for hole 18 at today’s Girls 3A State Golf Tournament was a quadruple-bogey
Although the golfers were not bad, this pin placement was the worst I have ever seen. The slope was too steep for the athletes. pic.twitter.com/F7OyqIjbkO
— Jake Brend (@JakeBrendTV May 28, 2022
Pin placements and green staff were again to blame.
Yesterday’s tweet was followed by a response from the greenkeeper’s side. One course manager stated:
“As a superintendent, we are under immense pressure to ensure that greens run north of 11 every day.” This is the fault of club head professionals and general managers. The superintendent is simply doing his job .”