The 5-Star Des­ti­na­tion Where Cham­pi­ons Play Golf

HK Golfer - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

Where can you tee off on a cham­pi­onship course set atop a windswept Amer­i­can shore­line in the morn­ing; re­cover at a five-star spa in the af­ter­noon; dine and stay at a five-star, five-di­a­mond re­sort in the evening; and wake up to a new day, ready to ex­plore an­other three cham­pi­onship cour­ses? That kind of par­adise can only be found at Des­ti­na­tion Kohler, nes­tled in the heart of Amer­ica, on the coast of the Great Lakes.

The five-star hospi­tal­ity of Des­ti­na­tion Kohler grew nat­u­rally out of Kohler Co.’s more than 140 years of bring­ing gra­cious ex­pe­ri­ences to life with in­no­va­tive kitchen and bath prod­ucts. Known for its com­mit­ment to lead­ing-edge de­sign and qual­ity crafts­man­ship, Kohler brought the same in­ge­nu­ity and de­tailed pre­ci­sion to Des­ti­na­tion Kohler and its four cham­pi­onship golf cour­ses.

A LEGACY IN THE MAK­ING

All four of Des­ti­na­tion Kohler’s cour­ses at Whistling Straits® and Black­wolf Run® were de­signed by World Golf Hall of Fame ar­chi­tect Pete Dye. Des­ti­na­tion Kohler is the only place in the world where you can golf four of the nearly 200 cour­ses Dye has de­signed. Wildly dif­fer­ent in spirit and to­pog­ra­phy, to­gether the four cour­ses re­veal the ex­panse of Dye’s ge­nius.

Whistling Straits is a se­ri­ous test of a golfer’s met­tle, with links-style fes­cue fair­ways on The Straits Course and me­an­der­ing streams, grass­land and dunes on The Ir­ish Course. Touted as the great­est cham­pi­onship course in the United States, The Straits Course is dra­mat­i­cally rugged with mas­sive sand dunes set atop two miles of Lake Michi­gan shore­line. This Pete Dye mas­ter­piece was ranked #4 in Golf Di­gest’s 2017/2018 Amer­ica's 100 Great­est Pub­lic Golf Cour­ses. Host to the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Cham­pi­onships and the 2007 U.S. Se­nior Open, The Straits is the fu­ture site of the 2020 Ry­der Cup, the bi-an­nual cham­pi­onship team tour­na­ment be­tween the U.S. and Europe.

In con­trast, Black­wolf Run runs through a glacier-carved river val­ley, boast­ing large un­du­lat­ing greens and wa­ter or gorges on 14 of The River course’s holes and rolling meadows and deep ravines on The Meadows. When Black­wolf Run opened for play in June 1988, it was named that year’s “Best New Pub­lic Course” in the United States by Golf Di­gest. Re­garded as one of Pete Dye’s crown­ing achieve­ments, Black­wolf Run has hosted sev­eral pro­fes­sional cham­pi­onships in­clud­ing the World Golf Cham­pi­onships in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and the U.S. Women’s Open in 1998 and 2012.

A world-class golf venue, Des­ti­na­tion Kohler is lo­cated only 2.5 hours north of met­ro­pol­i­tan Chicago and its in­ter­na­tional air­port.

WHEN IT’S NOT TEE TIME

Tucked away in the quaint Vil­lage of Kohler is re­sort’s flag­ship ho­tel, The Amer­i­can Club Re­sort Ho­tel, one of only 200 Forbes Five Star ho­tels in the world. Cel­e­brat­ing its cen­ten­nial in 2018, The Amer­i­can Club was built in 1918 as hous­ing for im­mi­grants who worked at Kohler Com­pany across the street. The com­pany, who along with its hospi­tal­ity busi­ness is one of the world’s lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of plumb­ing fixtures, gen­er­a­tors and en­gines, ren­o­vated the his­toric build­ing into a lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel in 1998. Its el­e­gant rooms and suites are hand­somely dec­o­rated and, nat­u­rally, fea­ture the finest KOHLER plumb­ing prod­ucts and state-ofthe-art bath and shower ex­pe­ri­ences, as do all of the rooms through­out our ho­tels. Af­ter a long day on the course, the lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed rooms and five-star ser­vice and a wel­come re­treat.

Ac­tiv­ity goes well be­yond the golf course at Des­ti­na­tion Kohler. The re­sort of­fers other lux­ury of­fer­ings in­clud­ing Kohler Waters Spa, one of 200 Forbes five-star spas in the world and a leader in hy­drother­apy ex­pe­ri­ences and treat­ments. Twelve re­sort din­ing venues in­clude the Forbes four-star Im­mi­grant Restau­rant, the Wis­con­sin Room, the Horse & Plow pub, Cucina Ital­ian restau­rant, restau­rants at both golf cour­ses and the rus­tic River Wildlife restau­rant hid­den in a pri­vate na­ture pre­serve. The re­sort of­fers a range of health and well­ness op­tions in­clud­ing Yoga on the Lake and Sports Core Health & Rac­quet Club. There is also a col­lec­tion of bou­tique shops, the Kohler Swing Stu­dio & Golf Shop, gar­dens, kayak­ing, tours and hik­ing paths.

In ad­di­tion to The Amer­i­can Club, ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude Inn on Wood­lake, a bou­tique ho­tel with mod­ern rooms and multi-bed­room suites that can ac­com­mo­date up to eight guests. Lo­cated next door to The Amer­i­can Club, the Car­riage House, home to Kohler Waters Spa, of­fers the same renowned ser­vice with a more con­tem­po­rary am­bi­ence. Other op­tions in­clude Sand­hill Cabin, a pri­vate, se­cluded re­treat nes­tled in 350 acres of wilder­ness. It’s close enough to en­joy all the re­sort ameni­ties, but far enough away to feel like you’re a world away.

Book your va­ca­tion to­day at www.Desti­na­tionKohler.com or call 877-294-6013

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