Possible U.S. Flag Code violation at PGA Championship?

AUTHOR’S NOTE #1: I am unsure of whether or not Whistling Straits is violating the U.S. Flag Code. If Whistling Straits is not violating the U.S. Flag Code, I will take this blog post down. Additionally, this blog post will not be shared on Tumblr or Google+.

AUTHOR’S NOTE #2: Although TNT and CBS, the broadcasters of the PGA Championship, refer to Whistling Straits being located in Kohler, Wisconsin, the course is actually located near Haven, Wisconsin.


I’ve noticed on TNT and CBS broadcasts of the 2015 PGA Championship that, at Whistling Straits golf course near Haven, Wisconsin, there are three flags flying next to each other in front of the clubhouse. The left-most flag is the flag of the United States, the middle flag is the flag of the Republic of Ireland, and the right-most flag is the flag of Wisconsin. All three flags are flying at full-staff on flagpoles of equal height.

I’m not 100% sure of this, but that may be a violation of the U.S. Flag Code.

If I’m not mistaken, the Wisconsin flag should be flown either on a flagpole that is of lesser height than the flagpole that the U.S. flag is flying on or below the U.S. flag on the same flagpole. Flying a state flag, such as the Wisconsin flag, at the same height as the U.S. flag implies that Wisconsin is a sovereign country and not part of the United States, neither of which are actually the case.

If anyone can confirm whether or not Whistling Straits is violating the U.S. Flag Code, leave a comment on this blog post. If Whistling Straits is violating the flag code, than it would be especially disgusting, when one considers that, prior to the construction of golf courses there, Whistling Straits was a U.S. military camp during the mid-20th century.

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