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Wisconsin: Major Midwestern Momentum The state of Wisconsin is having a major moment as the hottest golf des- tination in the Midwest. Destination Kohler got the ball rolling in the late 1980s, when Blackwolf Run's two courses at the American Club came on the scene. The resort added two more Pete Dye courses at Whistling Straits in the late 1990s, with the Straits Course having hosted three PGA Cham- pionships in advance of the 2020 Ryder Cup scheduled for the lavish resort alongside Lake Michigan. Joining Whistling Straits in the spotlight are a pair of newer high-profile properties. Erin Hills, an upscale daily fee/resort course two hours inland, will host this June's U.S. Open. The brawny course is paired with cozy accommodations and is in high demand for traveling golfers – this year's tee times are nearly sold out already. Joining the fun in May is Sand Valley, the much-anticipated new property from Bandon Dunes developer Mike Keiser. Built on a sprawling inland ocean of sand, the resort's first course is a Coore-Crenshaw design, with preview play of a David McLay Kidd course starting this summer. Wisconsin has a short golf season but these three destinations – all within three hours of each other by car – should soon find a place in your summer plans. Scotland: The Price is Right Heading to the Home of Golf to play is a bucket-list activity for many of us, and due to a confluence of events this summer is one of the best times in recent memory to visit Scotland. Favorable exchange rates for the U.S. dollar and relatively low airfares are creating an opportunity to plan a Scot- tish golf getaway for a reasonable price. You can work with a tour operator on a package trip, which is often the best way to guarantee a spot on the famed Old Course at St. Andrews or put together a DIY trip by flying into Edinburgh or Glasgow and renting a car. Gleneagles, which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup, is a stone's throw from either of those cities. Jack Nicklaus designed the resort's PGA Centenary Course for the purpose of hosting the iconic match play competition. And, if you are daring enough to go further afield, you can try to take on Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen. Visitscotland.com is a great resource for visiting golfers to learn the terrain, from the northern Highlands to the southern border ter- ritory. Early and late in the season offer the most dependable weather, while Scotland's northern location during June and July boast long days with sundown after 10 p.m. most nights – plenty of time for 36 or even 54 holes if you're ambitious. With modern classics like the PGA Centenary Course, Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart joining historic layouts such as St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Muirfield, Scotland's golf landscape has gotten even richer. Start packing your bags! WWW.NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2017 51 Whistling Straits Scottish Highland Cow Scotland: Men in Kilts © VISITSCOTLAND

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