No. 8 – On the Rocks

  • The Straits
    Par 4
    Handicap: 3
    • 506
    • 470
    • 429
    • 405
    • 355

How to Play This Hole

A blind landing area off the tee will challenge players to keep their tee shots left in order to avoid a severe drop-off, sand dunes, bunkers and Lake Michigan on the right. The second shot is played with the Great Lakes as a backdrop. A long iron or fairway wood may be required to reach a very deep green guarded on the left by sand dunes and bunker sand right by deep bunkers with a falloff to the lake. The green is long and deep and will create difficult club selection choices to ensure playing to the right area on 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. 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. 17 – Pinched Nerve

    Another name spot-on, you can understand while standing on the tee of this par 3 why your neck might get stiff.

  • No. 18 – Dyeabolical

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