No. 17 – Pinched Nerve

  • The Straits
    Par 3
    Handicap: 8
    • 249
    • 223
    • 197
    • 165
    • 131

How to Play This Hole

One of Pete Dye's most intimidating par 3 holes – anywhere. The green is guarded left by sand dunes that fall 20 feet below green level. If the bunker doesn't capture the tee shot, Lake Michigan certainly will. A large elevated sand dune 40 yards short of the green will invite players toward the left side of the green, which is risky because of the drop-off toward the Great Lake. Tee shots straying right will find sand dunes and bunkers on a steep hillside protecting the right side of the green.

Browse The Straits

  • No. 1 – Outward Bound

    A gentle dogleg left starts the journey out to Lake Michigan where the true meaning of links golf starts to shine.

  • No. 2 – Cross Country

    The shortest of the two par 5s on the front nine, be aware of a pot bunker placed 35 yards short of the long-stretched green.

  • No. 3 – O'Man

    Do not be fooled by one of the largest greens on the front nine; the undulations make for some magic on the green. 

  • No. 4 – Glory

    Visually intimidating off the tee, the most difficult par 4 on the golf course is protected by length, undulations and, of course, pot bunkers.

  • No. 5 – Snake

    The longer of the two par 5s on the front nine, this winding fairway demands accuracy from tee to green.

  • No. 6 – Gremlin's Ear

    The shortest par 4 on the course, Gremlin’s Ear is made difficult by a deep sod-wall bunker that will swallow anything in its path.

  • No. 7 – Shipwreck

    Down the path to the shoreline, the picturesque par 3 creates a dramatic approach to the green.

  • No. 8 – On the Rocks

    With over 100 bunkers, intimidating to say the least, the green drops off the back into a deadly pot bunker.

  • No. 9 – Down and Dirty

    Do not be fooled by the funnel effect to the small green. Soak up the beautiful scenery back to the clubhouse before returning to the lake on No. 10.

  • No. 10 – Voyageur

    Carry the deep valley and dodge the deadly bunker in the center of the fairway to be set up perfectly for your approach to the elevated green.

  • No. 11 – Sand Box

    The longest of the par 5s on the property, Sand Box gets its name from the well-placed railroad tie-lined bunker that hugs the left side of the fairway protecting it from wayward second shots.

  • No. 12 – Pop Up

    One of the shortest of the par 3s on The Straits, the length isn’t a factor.  This green is the most difficult to manage with the flat stick.

  • No. 13 – Cliff Hanger

    Another hole where the name Cliff Hanger tells the story. The green looks inviting but sits on the cliff edge of Lake Michigan.

  • No. 14 – Widow's Watch

    A short but tricky dogleg left, cutting the corner is blocked by a large bunker which can also create a blind approach to the green.

  • No. 15 – Grand Strand

    This hole begins a four-hole stretch that could be considered among the most difficult in championship golf. Strap on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.

  • No. 16 – Endless Bite

    The shortest of the par 5s on The Straits. This hole creates deep temptations of risk for its sought after glory.

  • No. 18 – Dyeabolical

    One of the most glorious finishing holes in golf, a score of par is to be desired.