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No. 1
Outward Bound

Par 4 — Handicap 15

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

Par 5 — Handicap 7

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

Par 3 — Handicap 17

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

Par 4 — Handicap 1

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

Par 5 — Handicap 5

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

Par 4 — Handicap 13

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

Par 3 — Handicap 9

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

No. 8
On the Rocks

Par 4 — Handicap 3

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

Par 4 — Handicap 11

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

Par 4 — Handicap 12

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

Par 5 — Handicap 6

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

Par 3 — Handicap 18

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

Par 4 — Handicap 14

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

Par 4 — Handicap 16

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

Par 4 — Handicap 4

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

Par 5 — Handicap 10

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

Par 3 — Handicap 8

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

No. 18

Par 4 — Handicap 2

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