The Beasts (> 185 yards from the first tees in):
1. Blackwolf Run, Meadow Valleys #15 (227/196/189/150/103):
Depending on the distance, this is the hardest par three maybe in the world! From the back three tees, this signature par three on the Meadow Valleys course at Blackwolf Run tees up from well over 180 yards usually straight in to the wind and over a massive prairie with one of the widest multi-sectioned greens outside of Lawsonia’s Links course!
From 227-plus yards from the tips, this is as hard of a par three as it gets.
To make the challenge of hitting 3-wood or more off the tee more palatable, the forward tees have probably the most breathtaking view of any hole in the state of Wisconsin to look back on:
2. Whistling Straits, Straits #17 (249/223/197/165/131):
This hole has decided the outcomes of PGA Championships!
At over 240 yards from the tips, and with Lake Michigan bordering the entire left side, there is nothing simple about this Alice Dye created hole – a large mound protects the right side of the green and one of the most ridiculous volcano bunkers outside of the Pete Dye Course at French Lick means absolutely anything errant is punished to the enth degree.
Dead zone lies between the tee and green, and anything other than hitting the green leads to bogey or worse.
3. Blackwolf Run, River #13 (231/205/192/150/101):
Blackwolf Run’s River course boasts one of the most demanding tee shots in the entire state of Wisconsin: From over 200 yards, it’s all carry over the Sheboygan River with a draw, or else one hell of a high fade over the tall oak trees that front the green on the thirteenth hole.
To add to the difficulty level, fly fishermen regularly fish this stretch of the river and pay little to no attention to golfers, making players hopeful that if their tightly drawn shots are miss-hit that they’ll at least not hurt anybody.
Fortunately for us during the below round, there was only one fly fisherman in the river, and none of us hit him (see below photo).
4. University Ridge #17 (250/192/164/130):
The seventeenth at University Ridge tees up from 250 yards from the tips (one of the most popular tournament courses in the state, as well as the University of Wisconsin’s home course and site of the PGA Champion’s Tour American Family Championship), and plays directly over a pond that not only includes all-carry, but also has out-of-bounds directly left and right.
There is literally nowhere to miss on this hole, and even from the first tees in is a ridiculously challenging one-shotter.