Whistling Straits: Your blueprint to the 2015 PGA Championship host course

The 2015 PGA Championship is upon us, and it's back at a familiar venue: the Straits Course at Whistling Straits, which first hosted the event in 2004 (won by Vijay Singh), then again in 2010, when Martin Kaymer prevailed.

In fact, each championship resulted in a playoff finish.

This stunning, penal course along the shores of Lake Michigan practically guarantees high drama, which is why it is also in line to host the Ryder Cup Matches in 2020.

For some insight into the vision of Whistling Straits, Matt Ginella spoke with the two men most responsible, owner and visionary Herb Kohler and golf course architect Pete Dye.

Video: Kohler and Dye on the making of Whistling Straits

Live From Whistling Straits: Tee to green

As he is wont to do when major championships roll around, Golf Central analyst Frank Nobilo scouted the famed course on the shores of Lake Michigan a few weeks back and compiled these Tee-to-Green segments that will be featured on-air throughout PGA Championship week.

If you need a primer on any of the 18 dramatic holes at Whistling Straits, here is your hole-by-hole notebook:

No. 11: The par-5 11th hole, named "Sand Box", can play as long as 645 yards during the PGA Championship.

(and another look from the fairway here).

Whistling Straits for the public golfer

This has been a banner year for public, major championship golf. Seldom are the three rotating major venues all public in one year. You can play Herb Kohler's Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run courses -- four total -- as part of a golf package or by booking a la carte tee times.

See how fellow golfers rate Whistling Straits, and where it stacks up among Ginella's top 20 golf courses.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.

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