KOHLER, Wis. – April 24, 2018 – The 2018 Destination Kohler golf season at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run begins April 25 with the opening of all four golf courses: Straits and Irish at Whistling Straits and River and Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run. With the opening of the courses, the restaurants and golf pro shops at both Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits will be open seven days a week. 2018 marks the 30thanniversary for Blackwolf Run and the 20thanniversary for Whistling Straits.
“The start of the 2018 golf season will be marked with a non-typical opening of all four courses on the same date,” said Mike O’Reilly, Manager Golf Operations – Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. “Mother Nature threw us some challenges this year but our diligent team has gotten the courses ready and we are thrilled to open tomorrow.”
The popular “Dye-Abolical” and “Golf Kohler” stay-and-play packages with lodging at The American Club and recently expanded Inn on Woodlake are available for the 2018 golf season. To book, please call 855-444-2838. Groups of 12 or more are invited to ask about Ultimate Buddy Trip options. Favorites include Ryder Cup-inspired tournaments and pairing parties, special happy hours, 19th hole celebrations, team shirts, locker room name plates, and logoed tee gifts.
Destination Kohler hosts two annual events to kick-off the golf season: Spring Golf Sale at Blackwolf Run on April 27-28 and the Kohler Golf Expo on May 5.
Destination Kohler is home to the Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel – The American Club – and was recently selected by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 resort in the Midwest. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the historic The American Club building, which was once home to immigrants who came to work at the Kohler factory. Boasting elegant rooms outfitted with the finest Kohler plumbing products, The American Club also encompasses an evolving health and wellbeing program with Kohler Waters Spa and Yoga on the Lake at the core.
Sister property, the Inn on Woodlake opened new two- and four-bedroom suites on January 1 after a year-long expansion project. All suites feature a central common area with a large flat screen TV and fireplace, plus kitchenette with beverage refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and sink. Bedrooms are configured with either two twin or one king bed and feature a large flat screen TV, minifridge, coffee maker and private bathroom with double vanity and walk-in KOHLER© shower. A patio extends the floor plan of some of the four-bedroom models. The boutique hotel also boasts an updated and more spacious lobby. The central common space, or Atrium, will continue to offer complimentary breakfast to guests, and has been expanded to now include a cocktail bar and a patio with direct access to the popular putting green overlooking Wood Lake.
About Whistling Straits
Whistling Straits is made up of two links-style courses – The Irish, offering an intriguing mix of links-style dunes and The Straits, offering a rugged lakeside experience. The Straits hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championship – which was the most profitable Championship in combined ticket and hospitality sales – and will welcome the Ryder Cup in 2020.
About Blackwolf Run
Kohler is also the home of the highly praised Blackwolf Run, which is made up of two distinct courses – The River and The Meadow Valleys – that are separated by the Sheboygan River. Blackwolf Run was named by Golf Digest as “The Best New Public Course” in 1988 and has hosted Majors such as the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Open Championships.
About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group
The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel property in Wisconsin, and world-renowned championship golf courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Acquired in 2004, its sister property, The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in the birthplace of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland, is a AA Five Red Star property and recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.
About Destination Kohler
Herb Kohler created Kohler Co.’s Hospitality & Real Estate Group with the reclamation of The American Club, the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel in Wisconsin, and then built world-renowned championship golf courses, The Straits at Whistling Straits and The River at Blackwolf Run. The resort is named one of the three best golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest. Kohler Waters Spa is the only Forbes Five-Star Spa in Wisconsin and one of only 56 in the world. The resort features 12 dining establishments from the Four-Star Immigrant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic country gourmet at River Wildlife. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wis., and one hour north of Milwaukee and two-and-a-half north of Chicago.