Destination Kohler — The American Club Exterior
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Ultimate Golf Photo Tour: Destination Kohler

Destination Kohler — The American Club Exterior
Built in 1918, The American Club was once a residence for European immigrants seeking a new life in Wisconsin. In 1981, The American Club opened as an elegant hotel, and a stroll through the building today still gives guests an intimate glimpse and flavor of the historic structure’s storied past. The exterior of the resort remains unchanged — the 100-foot flagpole and American flag are just where they were in 1918, and the gabled blue slate roof features the rich patina of graceful aging. (Photo: Destination Kohler)
The Inn On Woodlake
The Inn on Woodlake reopened in 2018 after an expansion project, and it features new suites that are well-appointed for group travel. Located on picturesque Wood Lake, the 138-room hotel boasts boutique-style guest rooms and multi-bedroom suites. Multiple stay-and-play golf packages include lodging at the Inn on Woodlake. (Photo: Destination Kohler)
Whistling Straits — Straits Course
Sculpted along 2 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, the Straits Course is one of the late Pete Dye’s finest designs. The golf course consistently ranks among the top-5 best public courses in the country and has hosted numerous major championships, including the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships, and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open. In 2021, the Straits Course will host the Ryder Cup Matches that were rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic.
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Whistling Straits — Par 3 Holes
Whistling Straits offers one of the most daunting collections of par 3s, all of which are cliffside against Lake Michigan. The water is off to the right on Nos. 7 and 13, and lurks left on Nos. 3 and 17. Numerous bunkers and Pete Dye’s signature railroad ties also are factors on the holes, as is the ever-present lake wind and the devious contours that abound on the putting surfaces that average 7,500 square feet. (Photo: Destination Kohler)
Whistling Straits, Straits Course — Hole No. 18
The finishing hole on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits has seen its share of championship moments. The most notable might have come at the 2010 PGA Championship, when Dustin Johnson grounded his club in what he thought was a waste area, drawing a two-stroke penalty and missing out on the playoff between Bubba Watson and eventual winner Martin Kaymer.
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Whistling Straits — Irish Course
The younger brother to the Straits Course, the Irish Course sits just inland from Lake Michigan and is known for its stout challenge. The grassland-and-dunes landscape makes golfers feel as if they’re in Ireland, as do the flock of sheep that wander the property freely.
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Blackwolf Run — The River Course
The Straits Course is not the only layout in the Destination Kohler stable to host a major professional championship. The River Course at Blackwolf Run played host to the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Opens. The women’s national championship was played on the original design that opened in 1988. Course architect Pete Dye later merged hole Nos. 1-4 and Nos. 14-18 from his original River Course design with a new nine holes that incorporate the hills and valleys around the Sheboygan River. (Photo: Destination Kohler)
Blackwolf Run — Meadow Valleys Course
The second course at Blackwolf Run epitomizes golf in Wisconsin. This Pete Dye design winds through meadows and traverses around ravines, all while boasting a robust 75.1 course rating and a slope of 145. The back nine was used as hole Nos. 5-13 for the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Opens.
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The Baths Of Blackwolf Run
Scheduled to open in June 2021, The Baths will feature a 10-hole, par-3 course, two-acre putting course, food and beverage service, and special-event capability. Designed by Chris Lutzke — a 20-year veteran of golf course design and Pete Dye protégé — The Baths of Blackwolf Run sits on 27 acres between the first and 11th holes of the Meadow Valleys Course. The par-3 course will feature holes ranging from 60 to 160 yards, and the name pays homage to Kohler Co.’s 128-year history of bathing design excellence. Four strategic water features, or “baths,” will sit on the course, although there will not be any forced carries over water unless desired. It typically will play as a 10-hole course, with imaginative routing options to allow for the creation of three-, six- or 12-hole experiences.
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