Destination Kohler

Written by Enrico Grigoletti
Images © Kothler Company

Week 21

American stories are often full of pathos and picture professional achievement as a myth to follow. We heard so many times the story of the self made man that build a business empire out of nowhere with just a penny and a good idea. This doesn’t mean that those stories aren’t filled with romanticism even if we’re talking about bloody money.
The story of the Kohler family is not far from the others and starts 130 years ago when John Michael Kohler enameled an old a cast-iron water trough. This is how the first bathtub was born. The family business grows exponentially and the area surrounding the factory gets known as the Kohler Village. Walter, John Michael’s son, belives that “a worker deserves not only wages, but roses as well” and founds the American Club.

The Kohlers at the American Club

Along with a pub, bowling alley and barbershop, The American Club offered lessons in American citizenship and the English language to all the immigrants coming from Austria, Netherland, Germany and Russia to work for the Kohlers.
In 1981 the American Club was reborn as a world-class destination, preserving the history of yesteryear while offering the gracious hospitality and single level of quality that remains a signature of Kohler to this day.

Along with nine restaurants, several shops and the Kohler Water Spa – one of only 47 spas in the world to claim Forbes Five Star distinction – the American Club Resort enlists four award-winning Championship golf courses at Whistling Straits® and Blackwolf Run®, proud host of the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships; the 2007 US Senior Open; the 2020 Ryder Cup Matches; the Andersen Consulting World Golf Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997; and the U.S. Women’s Open in 1998 and 2012

The Irish at Whistling Straits®

Just inland from the great lake and interspersed by four meandering streams, the grassland-and-dunes aspect of The Irish course is a deceivingly tranquil landscape, ranked #35 in GolfWeek’s 2015 Best Resort Courses and #47 in Golf Digest’s 2015/2016 America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.
Open, rugged and windswept terrain defines the walking-only, links-style Straits course sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. A masterpiece in the world of golf created by Pete Dye, Worldwide renown golf course designer.
The Meadow Valleys, subtle and devilish, and The River, which dramatic beauty can intimidate even pros, complete what can be easily defined as the golf mecca of the USA.

The Straits at Whistling Straits® was ranked #4 in GolfWeek’s 2015 Best Resort Courses and #22 in Golf Digest’s 2015/2016 America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.