Golf’s Cup Runneth Over

A SHORE THING: Named “Shipwreck,” the Straits course’s sand-sculpted par-3 seventh tightropes 221 windswept yards along Lake Michigan. ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF DESTINATION KOHLER

This September, the international spotlight shines on Kohler’s Whistling Straits—a Ryder Cup venue you can actually play.

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Bringing the Payne

Payne's Valley
Payne's Valley
HONOR GUARD: Tiger Woods designed Payne’s Valley, his first public course, to honor PGA TOUR great Payne Stewart. Woods wanted the 7,370-yard course to be mentally challenging but also player-friendly. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BIG CEDAR LODGE

With Payne’s Valley, Tiger Woods’ first public course, Branson has truly arrived as a golf destination.

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Counting Sheep: Bandon’s Sheep Ranch

HARD BY THE SEA: Ocean seems to surround every hole at Sheep Ranch. Nos. 3 and 16 (above) share a tiered green
HARD BY THE SEA: Ocean seems to surround every hole at Sheep Ranch. Nos. 3 and 16 (above) share a tiered green
HARD BY THE SEA: Ocean seems to surround every hole at Sheep Ranch. Nos. 3 and 16 share a tiered green.

Sheep Ranch, another Coore-Crenshaw masterpiece, brings the number of 18-hole courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort to five.

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Wine and Wazzu in Walla Walla

Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Washington
Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Washington
THE GRAPE NORTHWEST: At nearly 600 yards from the Cabernet flex tees, Wine Valley’s 10th boasts canyon-walled bunkers and enough wind to spin yon turbines. (Photograph courtesy of Wine Valley Golf Club)

Tasting notes from a golf trip to Eastern Washington.

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