Destination Kohler is a five-star resort that has numerous luxury accommodation options and 4 highly acclaimed golf courses: Whistling Straits: The Straits (to host the 2020 Ryder Cup), The Irish, Blackwolf Run: The River & The Meadow Valleys Golf Courses. Accommodation at Destination Kohler includes The American Club® (5-Star), The Inn on Woodlake (3-Diamond), the Carriage House at The American Club, Sandhill Cabin & Red Fox Cabin on the river. On top of this, Kohler features a world-class spa, numerous dining options, endless romantic and family activities, regular events and a set of acclaimed shops at the resort.
The American Club®
The American Club is a five-star, five-diamond hotel that has stood as an icon of gracious hospitality for 100 years. Set in the quaint village of Kohler, Wisconsin, the full-service hotel offers elegant accommodation and unparalleled service. The adjacent carriage house, home to Kohler Water’s Spa, provides the same renowned service with a more contemporary ambience. Each room at The American Club has its own namesake, from Fred Astaire to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Room categories vary from the standard-entry level room, to Deluxe, Superior, Heritage, Governor suites, and presidential suites. There is also a top of the range Eau de Vie Suite that is the only of its kind and feels like a room made for heaven. The main difference between rooms is the number and types of beds, the size of the rooms, and layout. The suites are of course 5-star luxury, with spacious sitting and dining areas attached. The American Club rooms are stylish in their old-world manner but designed uniquely so that normal 5-star luxury is dull compared to the ambience of this exquisite accommodation experience.
The Carriage House at The American Club
The Carriage House guest rooms, located in the annex to The American Club, include on-site check-in, continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening beverages and hors d’oeuvres, as well as complimentary access to the Kohler Waters Spa and the rooftop spa experience after 4pm on the day of arrival through noon on the day of departure. Standard rooms at The Carriage House each have their own unique designs, whilst deluxe rooms have beautifully tiled bathrooms with extra-deep baths & comfortable seating areas with a charming, relaxed atmosphere. Heritage rooms, and subsequent ascending suite variations offer a lot more space, separate dining & seating areas depending on the category.
The Inn on Woodlake
Located on the shore of picturesque Wood Lake, this serene 138-room hotel boasts boutique-style guest rooms, state-of-the-art meeting space and 10 multibedroom suites, perfect for groups and families. Along with Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs, you will enjoy the classic comfort and hospitality you would expect from an inn. Not to mention a signature KOHLER® shower experience that is nothing short of sensational. Rooms start at the Prairie level, which feature comfortable beds with modern designs and features. Lakeside bedrooms have modern décor and beautiful views of Woodlake. Tower rooms at The Inn provide a serene atmosphere with a great view: some have a window facing Wood lake and another facing the Village of Kohler. Tower Deck rooms feature a spacious sanctuary with an outside deck area that is perfect for a romantic couple retreat or relaxing respite for solo travellers. Woodlake suites & multi-bedroom suites are the most spacious room categories at the resort, with generous seating areas in modern environments that differ only on the number of bedrooms according to traveller requirements. The Inn on Woodlake is everything you need for a modern, elegant stay at Destination Kohler.
Your own private cabin, Sandhill is a perfectly secluded retreat: secluded, surrounded by nature and brimming with charm. Nestled on 350 acres in the wilderness of Mosel, Wisconsin, it is close enough to enjoy the amenities of The American Club (10-minute drive), yet far enough away to consider it your very own corner of the universe. Exquisitely appointed and teeming with outdoor activities, Sandhill is made for those with an appreciation of nature, tranquillity and the finer things in life. It offers a stunning interior space on three levels with fireplace, cathedral ceiling, and wrap-around porch with charcoal grill. It sleeps up to six people with a king bed in the upper loft, two full-sized beds in the lower guest room and a queen sofa sleeper in the lower living room. Two bathrooms – each with a walk-in shower, and lower-level bathroom with a clawfoot tub also feature in the Sandhill Cabin. It has a chef-inspired kitchen with stoneware place settings and gourmet cookware. The Sandhill Cabin also has a sauna shack with fireplace and full bathroom. Sauna shack with fireplace and full bathroom. Access to all amenities of Sports Core Health & Racquet Club and River Wildlife. All-terrain bicycles on site; additional year-round recreational opportunities available. Washer and Dryer located on the lower level (includes a variety of detergent and fabric softener)
Red Fox – A Cabin on the River
A lovely, secluded property, Red Fox is a perfect home away from home. Family and friends can spread out on three levels, then gather together around the outdoor fire pit and on the patio overlooking the scenic Sheboygan River. The three-level space features three full bedrooms, five gas fireplaces, a chef-inspired kitchen, two full bathrooms and a lower-level recreation room. Guests at Red Fox enjoy all the amenities of Sports Core Health & Racquet Club and River Wildlife private wilderness reserve and lodge restaurant as well as all-terrain bikes and a range of year-round recreational activities. The cosy cabin, which sleeps six guests, is appointed with cable TV, high-speed internet and laundry facilities. This quiet retreat is nestled on the outskirts of the Village of Kohler, across from the Kohler Stables, a private training and breeding facility.
Blackwolf Run® and Whistling Straits challenge the pros while providing the amateur golfer a fair and unforgettable test. All four courses between the two venues were chosen for 2017/2018 America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses by Golf Digest. Created by legendary golf course designer Pete Dye, they have hosted three PGA Championships, the Andersen Consulting World Golf Championships, a U.S. Senior Open and two U.S. Women’s Opens. In 2020, The Straits at Whistling Straits will host the Ryder Cup Matches.
Whistling Straits – The Straits
Arguably the greatest championship course in the United States, The Straits at Whistling Straits® has hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, and it is the future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup. 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, The Straits at Whistling Straits® was ranked #4 in Golf Digest’s 2017/2018 America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, #5 in GolfWeek’s 2017 Best Resort Courses, #22 in Golf Digest’s 2017/2018 America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses, and #51 in Golf Digest’s 2016/2017 World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
Whistling Straits - The Irish
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. Both traditional and memorable, the Irish course is full of unique challenges. The course has everything you want from lush grass, a generous amount of water & trees to make the course challenging, but also well-places bunkers to keep you on your toes. The Irish at Whistling Straits® was ranked #35 in GolfWeek’s 2017 Best Resort Courses and #45 in Golf Digest’s 2017/2018 America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.
Blackwolf Run – The River
Pete Dye designed one of the best golf courses in America on rich land once known by the Winnebagos and Algonquins for exceptional fishing and hunting. Intimidating to the professional, fair and dramatic for the amateur, this “beauty of the beast” measures 7,404 from the back tees with a slope of 151. Target landing areas, strategic bunkering, large undulating greens, and water or gorges on 14 of the 18 holes characterize the challenge of this championship course. The playing values of the River course are a match for its natural beauty.
Blackwolf Run – The Meadow Valleys
Professionals and amateurs of all skill levels can experience a day of golf like no other on the Meadow Valleys course. Described as both subtle and devilish, it winds through meadows and charges across ravines, reflecting the natural features of the Wisconsin terrain. This championship course challenges even the experts to weigh the relative advantages of distance and accuracy, though staggered tees put much of the danger out of harm’s way for the average golfer.
Cuisine at The American Club Hotel
The Immigrant Restaurant
The Immigrant Restaurant was voted the #1 Hotel Restaurant in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. Rich in character and historic elegance, this award-winning restaurant is arranged in a series of six rooms paying homage to the style of early Wisconsin settlers: French, Dutch, German, Norman, Danish and English. Enjoy the Immigrant’s artful presentations of contemporary American cuisine with modern European influences. Each dish is composed using the best the market has to offer.
The Winery Bar
Visit this European-style wine cellar for a pre-dinner drink, or spend the evening enjoying hand-rolled sushi, more than 40 award-winning Wisconsin cheeses and delicious small plates. Adjacent to The Immigrant Restaurant, this comfortable lounge offers nearly 800 wine selections, all of them rated 88 and above by Wine Spectator and Robert Parker. It also features an extensive selection of single-malt Scotches and Cognacs.
The Wisconsin Room
The original dining hall of immigrant workers for Kohler Co., The Wisconsin Room features innovative, farm-fresh cuisine in an elegant but approachable atmosphere. The menu, which rotates seasonally, is frequently complemented by daily specials drawing inspiration from what’s in harvest at that moment. During the spring, you might experience local morels, wild ramps, spring lamb and freshly caught fish from the Great Lakes. During the summer months, the chef might feature wild strawberries, fresh herbs from the garden and a wide selection of freshly harvested local produce. Enjoy a before-dinner drink in the Library Bar, which features speciality martinis and an extensive wine list.
This charming antique solarium from Chorley, Lancashire, in the north of England, was meticulously dismantled, transported halfway ’round the world and reassembled piece by piece to stand in its current home, The American Club® Fountain Courtyard. It now serves as a delightful garden café for afternoon and evening refreshments. Bring your laptop and get caught up on emails while you enjoy coffee and pastries or meet friends for relaxing conversation. The Greenhouse offers a tempting selection of deli sandwiches, sweet treats, homemade ice cream, European pastries, signature teas and espresso drinks.
The Horse & Plow
This casual historic tavern was once the taproom for Kohler Co. workers who lived at The American Club®. Abundant booths convey a cosy atmosphere, while the tabletops, made from the original American Club bowling alley, perpetuate the historic tradition of Kohler Co. An expansive bar accommodates guests beyond the restaurant area, and a lower-level lounge features cosy furniture, televisions and fireplace. Enjoy American classics, such as burgers and fish ‘n’ chips, as well as fresh, innovative selections, such as our Midwest chicken salad and grilled salmon. With an exceptional selection of American micro-brews and premium European beers, The Horse & Plow is a great place to meet for lunch or an after-dinner drink.
Cuisine in The Shops at Woodlake
Located alongside tranquil, picturesque Wood Lake, this gracious restaurant offers regional Italian cuisine simply prepared to allow natural flavours to shine through. Embracing the philosophy of the traditional Italian kitchen, the menus focus on fresh, seasonal, quality ingredients. Handcrafted pastas, artisan pizzas and wood-fire grilled entrees present fresh takes on Italian classics. It’s a choice spot for an expertly grilled steak and the only restaurant in the area that offers a raw bar.
Craverie Chocolatier Café
Home of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates, Craverie features expanded breakfast items, signature soups from Kohler restaurants, fresh sandwiches, seasonal salads and made-to-order smoothies. With a picturesque view of Wood Lake, banquette seating, alfresco settings, a cosy fireplace, comfy oversized leather chairs, chandeliers and mirrors galore, the ambience is the perfect complement to the menu. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Craverie offers gelato and sorbet in 9 delicious flavours and signature pastries. Pair with a signature coffee, handcrafted hot chocolate, wine or beer.
Woodlake Market Atrium Café
Whether it’s lunch on the go or a leisurely breakfast in the Atrium Café, Woodlake Market offers a wide variety of delicious meal options for your convenience. It also features Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV and immediate proximity to Brewed Awakening, a cosy coffee shop.
For drinks made especially for you, visit Brewed Awakening. This hip, convenient village café offers all your favourite handcrafted espresso drinks (hot or iced), freshly brewed organic and fair-trade coffees, herbal beverages and specialty teas, fruit smoothies and iced teas. Deliciously unique, fresh-baked goods and tempting treats make for comforting complements to your beverage of choice.
Other Resort Dining
Blackwolf Run Restaurant
With panoramic views of the Pete Dye-designed championship golf courses, this rustic American grill features regional cuisine, such as corn sausage chowder, king salmon, stuffed and smoked pork chops, premium steaks and house made desserts. Dine in front of a huge fieldstone fireplace, or enjoy outdoor dining on the terrace, overlooking the 18th greens of the River and Meadow Valleys courses.
Whistling Straits Restaurant
Enjoy a scenic view of Lake Michigan in this rustic Irish Farmhouse setting. Whistling Straits serves a mixture of innovative and classic cuisine with British influences. Signature dishes include potato leek soup infused with fine sherry, rack of lamb, and sticky toffee pudding. The menu features fresh Wisconsin produce and dairy, seafood from the coasts, and Midwestern-raised meats. With its grand fireplace, The Irish Pub, located upstairs, offers classic dishes including fish ‘n’ chips and a variety of premium beers – some unique to the property – and a selection of fine Scotch.
River Wildlife Lodge Restaurant
River Wildlife's Lodge Restaurant is a private, rustic log cabin bordering a lush hardwood forest. Dining reservations are available to River Wildlife members and resort guests with lodging reservations at either The American Club® or Inn on Woodlake with a purchased entry pass. River Wildlife is not open to the general public. Advance reservations are required for dining and activities. The six cosy and inviting dining areas include three intimate lofts that feature an eclectic mix of primitive wood furnishings, earthenware place settings and fresh wildflowers.
Take 5 Café
Indulge and “take 5” with a variety of lunch, dinner and snack options. The menu has been designed with fresh, healthful ingredients to complement your fit lifestyle. Grab a quick cup of Weeden Creek Farms coffee or a refreshing smoothie. Choose a Kitchens of Kohler sandwich made with Boars Head meat, a soup or a fresh salad. Take 5 is a great place for members and non-members to grab a tasty lunch on the go.
Getting to Kohler is very straightforward. We suggest flying into General Mitchell International Airport located downtown Milwaukee, then either getting a transfer or renting a car to drive north to Kohler. All you do is follow the 43rd north along Lake Michigan for an hour until you see the signs to Kohler which can’t be missed. Voyages.golf can assist you with all transport options.
Golf Practice Facilities
Kohler Swing Studio
Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop houses two aboutGolf® Simulators, the official golf simulator provider of the PGA TOUR and Golf Channel. With over 25 years in the golf simulation business, aboutGolf is the world's number one all-time distributor of computer golf simulation software. With the latest technology aboutGolf measures total distance, carry, run, club speed, ball speed, backspin, sidespin, vertical angle, horizontal angle, maximum height, shot shape and much more.
Kohler Golf Academy
Kohler Golf Academy provides year-round golf instruction with practice facilities at Blackwolf Run®, Whistling Straits®, and Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop. Improve your game with golf schools and private lessons at Kohler Golf Academy, the only golf academy in the Midwest recognized with Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Best in Golf Award. The academy’s certified instructors have experience working with players of all abilities including touring professionals and top amateurs. Take advantage of state-of-the-art game improvement technology to advance your game including video analysis with the JC Video System.
Kohler Waters Spa
Relax, renew and reconnect with loved ones—and yourself—at Kohler Waters Spa, one of only 64 five-star spas worldwide. The spa is conveniently located next to The American Club®, so you can drop in for a nourishing treatment or all-day immersion with therapeutic water treatments and results-oriented facial and body services. From soothing water-inspired treatment rooms to inviting respite spaces to the relaxation pool, Kohler Waters Spa provides well-being around every corner. The enclosed rooftop deck with whirlpool, fireplace and lounge offers a year-round relaxing escape.
Yoga on the Lake
Yoga on the Lake, the premier yoga studio in Sheboygan County, is located in The Shops at Woodlake Kohler and offers more than 74 classes a week. The overall design and focus for Yoga on the Lake is to create a comfortable space where you can experience a connection of body and mind. The studio’s floor-to-ceiling bay windows overlook Wood Lake. Yoga on the Lake is the only facility in a 50-mile radius of Kohler to offer both unheated and heated class environments with the addition of the dedicated Hot Yoga studio. This detoxifying yoga practice is performed in a studio at a temperature between 95-105 degrees and promotes mindfulness, flexibility, strength, muscle tone and general fitness.
A welcoming community of riders getting loud, sweaty and fit together, Bold Cycle brings you indoor cycling as it should be. Instructors motivate with high-energy enthusiasm, and a high-tech sound inspires with the right vibes to keep you pumping and riding at your best. With express and standard classes available, SC2 bikes, and expert instructors to help you find your zone, Bold Cycle is ready to shift your ride to the next level.
More than a place to exercise, Sports Core Health & Racquet Club focuses on creating a life of balance, harmony and wellness. A professionally trained and certified staff helps choose the right programs and activities to fit individual needs, passions and lifestyles. State-of-the-art facilities and a beautifully tranquil setting are appealing to people of all ages and levels of fitness. Nestled on the shore of Wood Lake, this private club has served its members and The American Club® and Inn on Woodlake guests for more than 35 years. From swimming and tennis to group fitness classes, it offers a wide range of activities and opportunities to enhance your fitness and outlook on life.
There is something to do year-round at Destination Kohler, from beach outings, ice-skating and snowshoeing, they have it all. Outdoor activities include E-Bike rentals, BMW 5-star drives, charter fishing, self-guided canoe/kayak rentals, self-guided river fishing, inland / Cedar Springs fishing, guided horseback riding, trap shooting, sporting clays, archery, hiking, air rifle rentals, garden tours, and an abundance of parks to explore.
Arts & Entertainment
Long known for its commitment to the arts, Kohler Co. has collaborated with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to create the Art/Industry Program, which commissions artists to spend two to six months in the Kohler Co. factory. Artists create works of art using the industrial materials, equipment and expertise of Kohler manufacturing associates.