Friday afternoon I hopped on a plane to Chicago, jumped on the Blue Line train, and met my dad, sister, and brother-in-law for a quick 36 hour getaway in the Windy City. My sister and I purchased tickets to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straights as a Fathers Day gift, which was this past weekend. Who knew Wisconsin is only 2 hours from Chicago??
On Friday night, we went and checked out my sister and brother-in-laws new condo they are moving into in a few weeks. It has awesome views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. I can’t wait to go back once they are all moved in. We had dinner at the rooftop restaurant in their new building and then ended the night with Whole Foods gelato and some Fireball and Pitbull.
5:30am came very early Saturday morning, but I think we were all too excited to let it bother us. We drove the 2ish hours to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, passing through Milwaukee and some cornfields. I was very surprised to find that Wisconsin is actually really pretty.
We arrived at the tournament around 8:30am and my brother-in-law insisted I take a picture with my sisters golf clubs that happened to be in the trunk of the car. I think I’d be a perfect caddy if anyone’s looking (Heyyyy Rory).
Whistling Straights is unlike any golf course I’ve ever been to, or seen on TV. My pictures, nor the TV broadcast, do the course justice. It is absolutely beautiful. The course is very hilly, and has Lake Michigan as the backdrop. Lake Michigan is so huge it looks almost like the ocean.
We spent the first half of the morning walking the front nine, eating hot dogs, and getting our bearings. We found a nice seat in the grandstands on the 11th hole where we spent the majority of the afternoon watching the groups roll in. It is so fun to be able to see the players up close. You see them on TV so often that seeing them in “real life” is pretty interesting. I might have gotten a wink from Jason Day, just saying….
And of course, no trip to Wisconsin would be complete without an order of Cheese Curds…
We left the course around 6:00 that evening, feeling very grateful for the fun afternoon we had. We love you Dad, thank you for being such an amazing Father to us both!