Where Is the Ryder Cup 2021 Played? Whistling Straits Location, Yardage, and Major Details

Published 09/12/2021, 10:16 AM EDT
Mar 24, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Dustin Johnson lines up a putt on the sixth green during the first day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


The Ryder Cup is back in 2021, this time at the Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. The prestigious tournament has always been played at exquisite venues over the years and Whistling Strais once again gets the honor in 2021. The luxury golf course is under the Kohler Company and offers scenic views – and the necessary hurdles.

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The course is reportedly named after Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Executive Chairman of Kohler Co. He was walking when he thought of the course, which looks over Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The course was designed by Peter Dye.

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What challenges can one face at Whistling Straits?

Complete with bunkers and dunes, one needs force and accuracy to cover the vast course efficiently. Greens will provide a more-than-usual challenge, the wind playing an important role (especially with downhill slopes). Players might need to be a little aggressive, ensuring good selection of clubs.

Particularly demanding holes at the Whistling Straits in Wisconsin

The course begins with a somewhat tricky Hole 1, which favors those who play smart, avoiding the deep bunkers which might result in a longer approach overall. The second hole requires a sure start, which will help avoid the ‘blind second shot’. Played well (maybe a bit aggressively), the second should be an easy one. Hole 3 is shorter, but one needs to be careful of how the winds work out.

Hole six requires massive attention, as one needs to avoid bunkers and a short shot. The subsequent hole might be a straightforward one but does require a good club selection. Ninth needs a precise tee shot, wind also paying a role in club selections. Add the Ryder Cup nerves to it, and it will demand an even accurate tee shot.

Mar 11, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Bryson DeChambeau lines up a putt on the 9th hole during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Hole 12, per reports, could pose the toughest challenge to golfers owing to the undulating green. Downward and undulated greens promise a challenge, accuracy as important as ever. Hole 15 is next, a challenging hole as the round will draw to an end soon. One requires both power and accuracy on the 203-yard ‘Grand Srand’, sand bunkers needed to be avoided at all costs. The green too, is challenging and could affect players differently.

The sixteenth is relatively easy but one needs to be careful with how they approach the uphill with sand dunes.

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The course ends with a worthy ‘Dyeabolical’ Hole 18, which challenges players with a downwards slope and winds. Sand dunes and bunkers are to be avoided, the Seven Mile Creek right in front of the green.

Here’s a look at the course’s complete yardage.

Complete yardage of the Whistling Straits; the host of 2021 Ryder Cup

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HOLEPARYARDS
14364
25593
33181
44489
55603
64355
73221
84507
94446
104361
114519
123143
134402
144404
154518
165552
173223
184515
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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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