Whistling Straits

2014 GRAA Top 50 Golf Range / Public Facilities

Whistling Straits

Michael O'Reilly, Head Golf Professional

N8501 County Road LS

Cheboygan, Wisconsin 53083

Facility Amenities:

  • Grass Tees (100)
  • Accurate Yardage Measurements on Tees to Targets
  • Short Game Practice Area
  • Grass Putting Green
  • Golf Shop (1,500 Sq. Ft.)
  • Food & Beverage
  • Ball Flight Monitor

Type of Range Targets:

  • Flags
  • Bunkers
  • Fairway Cuts

Instruction provided.

Number of PGA Professionals: 8

Clubfitting services provided.

Number of range balls dispensed on range per year: 3,000,000

Number of range balls in inventory: 15,000

New balls are acquired: Annually

Best range promotion: Run a special for company associates. Kohler Company associates can purchase an annual pass for the practice facility for $250. Non-associates have to pay $375. This was communicated via inter-company communications and have sold 25+ passes.

Special programs: A very successful one is the junior golf program. Since it is not a private club it serves a wide variety of children form the local and surrounding areas. This season there were 165 children between the ages of 5 and 18 that successfully completed the program. There is very little charge for this program and make next to nothing but love giving this many children the opportunity to experience professional instruction and championship golf.