Destination Kohler Overview
The American Club is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has received the AAA Five Diamond Resort hotel recognition for 29 consecutive years. It is the only Forbes Five-Star hotel in Wisconsin and one of 44 in North America with this designation.
Destination Kohler is home to championship golf courses at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, eleven dining outlets, The Shops at Woodlake, River Wildlife, Sports Core and other resort properties. The American Club Resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, 55 miles north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.
The American Club
The American Club Resort Hotel was built in 1918 as a boarding house for immigrants working in the Kohler factory. In 1981 it was renovated, and it now serves as one of the area’s most luxurious resort hotels in the Midwest. The American Club presents a very striking first impression with its Tudor architecture and its soaring roof peaks and slate tile. The hotel is filled with traditional American heritage Baker and McGuire furnishings. Acclaimed interior designer Frank Nicholson, based in Boston, designed the interior, and all 240 rooms have KOHLER fixtures in the bathroom.
The Carriage House
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 convenient and complimentary access to the Kohler Waters Spa and the rooftop spa experience.
Inn on Woodlake
Kohler's Mobil 3-star hotel with 121 guest rooms in Kohler, Wisconsin, has been transformed into a boutique hotel with modern guest rooms, state-of-the-art meeting space and warm common areas that offer leisure guests, golfers and business travelers a feeling of luxury in a relaxed atmosphere.
Consider it The American Club of cabins. The most luxurious way to rough it. More than just a private cabin, Sandhill is a perfectly secluded retreat; an upland bird-hunting haven 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 Resort, 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, tranquility and the finer things in life.
RESORT ACTIVITIES & AMENITIES
Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club
Kohler Waters Spa is a 25,000-square-foot, full-service spa that offers guests a tranquil environment, classically KOHLER bathing products and exclusive therapeutic water services. Located next to The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, the Kohler Waters Spa is conveniently located so you can drop in for a nourishing treatment, or step into a robe and experience all-day immersion.
From our treatment rooms to our inviting locker room areas and warm relaxation pool, Kohler Waters Spa provides well-being around every corner. Enjoy men's and women's respite rooms with steam, sauna and cool plunge as well as the glass-enclosed rooftop deck with whirlpool, fireplace and lounge. As the only Forbes Four Star spa in Wisconsin, Kohler Waters Spa also features a fitness room, retail boutique with signature products and concierge service for guests of the Carriage House, located directly above the spa.
Kohler Design Center
The Kohler Design Center is a three-level showcase of innovative product design and technology, creative achievement and American history. A fusion of old and new, the space offers a comprehensive representation of Kohler Co.'s state-of-the-art products and stunning examples of the company's contributions to gracious living and interior design.
The Gardens of Kohler
The Village of Kohler received botanic garden certification in August 2004 from the American Public Gardens Association for promoting display, study and conservation of plants for public benefit. Experience the romance and tranquility of over 1000 acres of varied landscapes, natural areas and display gardens throughout The American Club Resort by enjoying a self-paced audio garden tour or a peaceful stroll through the community.
The Waelderhaus was built in the architectural style of the Bregenzerwald region of Austria, ancestral home of the Kohler family. This "house in the woods" features carvings, woodcuts, iron and pewter work designed by Kaspar Albrecht, a talented Austrian sculptor and architect.
Sports Core Health & Racquet Club
A health, fitness and racquet club with more than 100,000 sq. ft. of facility space on the shores of Wood Lake, Sport Core is open to hotel guests and offers a variety of stimulating group classes geared to all fitness levels including aerobics, total body conditioning, cross training, yoga, Pilates, spinning and kick boxing. Sports Core’s training centers feature the latest in exercise equipment.
Salon at Sports Core
Located inside Sports Core and open to the public, the Salon at Sports Core enhances beauty and wellness with a full selection of soothing beauty treatments. From haircuts and styles to pedicures and makeup, Sports Core offers professionalism, personalized service and outstanding product selections. Clients of the Salon at Sports Core are welcome to enjoy complimentary snacks, beverages, and makeup touches following any service.
Yoga on the Lake
Yoga on the Lake, a yoga studio and boutique, welcomes all to yoga in a soothing space with floor-to-ceiling bay windows overlooking Wood Lake. Its exclusive energy-efficient, heated floor keeps muscles loose and creates a warm atmosphere. Yoga on the Lake offers a vast assortment of classes taught by highly qualified teachers who hold Yoga Alliance and specialty certifications, and private lessons are also available. The boutique offers high-end, unique yoga apparel including lululemon, accessories, props, books, CDs, videos, mats and yoga bags.
KITCHENS OF KOHLER RESTAURANTS
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 a delicious charcuterie plate.
Adjacent to The Immigrant, this comfortable lounge offers nearly 500 wine selections, all of them rated 88 and above by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. It also features an extensive selection of single-malt Scotch and an exclusive spirits offering unmatched by any in Wisconsin.
The Immigrant Restaurant
Our four-star showcase restaurant at The American Club® is widely noted for its gracious service and intimate dining experience. Rich in character and 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 refined American cuisine with modern European influences. Each dish is composed using the best the market has to offer.
The Immigrant has won the DiRoNa award and Wine Spectator "Best of Award of Excellence."
Jackets are required for gentlemen, and reservations are strongly suggested.
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 cozy setting, while the tabletops, made from the original American Club bowling alley, perpetuate the historic tradition of Kohler Co.
The Horse & Plow was recently renovated to create a fun and lively atmosphere, perfect for enjoying fantastic pub fare, such as prime burgers and fish ‘n’ chips, as well as fresh, innovative choices including our Midwest chicken salad and grilled salmon. With an exceptional selection of American microbrews and premium European beers, the Horse & Plow is a great place to meet for lunch, dinner or an after-dinner drink.
Craverie Chocolatier Café
Home of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates and reminiscent of a French café, Craverie features expanded breakfast items, signature soups from Kohler restaurants, fresh sandwiches, seasonal salads and made-to-order smoothies.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, Craverie offers ice cream and sorbet in 14 delicious flavors and signature pastries. Pair your choice with one of our signature coffees, handcrafted hot chocolates, wines or beers.
With a picturesque view of Wood Lake, banquette seating, alfresco settings, a cozy fireplace, comfy oversized leather chairs, chandeliers and mirrors galore, the ambience is the perfect complement to the menu.
Experience wine and chocolate pairings or demonstrations from our seasoned chocolatiers. Or please allow Craverie to host your next memorable event.
The Wisconsin Room
The original dining hall of immigrant workers for Kohler Co., The Wisconsin Room now 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 Winery Bar, which features specialty martinis and an extensive wine list.
Resort casual attire. Reservations strongly recommended.
Take 5 Café
Indulge and "take 5" with a visit to our café – serving 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. Or choose one of our sandwiches made with Boars Head meats, daily soups or fresh salads for a tasty lunch on the go.
This charming antique solarium from Chorley, Lancashire, in the north of England, was meticulously dismantled there, 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 desserts, homemade ice cream, European pastries, signature teas and espresso drinks.
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Wood Lake, this charming, open-concept retreat presents a delectable collection of artfully crafted Italian cuisine. The chef features simple, fresh takes on Italian favorites using seasonal ingredients, including handcrafted pastas, artisan pizzas and wood-fire grilled entrées. It’s also a choice spot for an expertly grilled steak and the only place in Sheboygan County that offers a raw bar.
Located in The Shops at Woodlake Kohler, Cucina is a delightful respite from shopping or a relaxed casual dining experience.
River Wildlife Lodge Restaurant
River Wildlife's Lodge Restaurant is a rustic log cabin bordering a lush hardwood forest. The six cozy and inviting dining areas include three intimate lofts that feature an eclectic mix of primitive wood furnishings, earthenware place settings and fresh wildflowers.
The imaginative, seasonal menu features fresh, seasonal Midwestern fare, showcasing ingredients such as walleye. Service is warm and gracious yet professional in its attention to detail and anticipation of guests’ needs.
Dining reservations are available to River Wildlife members and resort guests with a purchased entry pass.
A full-service grocery store, Woodlake Market has one of the area’s most extensive selections of organic and locally grown products as well as an abundant variety of seafood, liquors, wines, produce, meats, bakery, artisan cheeses and gourmet delicacies. Whether you're packing a picnic lunch, planning a healthy family dinner or craving a delightful evening snack, Woodlake Market will satisfy your tastes. The deli, soup, pizza, pasta and salad bars offer fresh options each day. The Atrium Café, features Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV and immediate proximity to Brewed Awakening – a cozy coffee shop.
Whistling Straits Restaurant
Enjoy a scenic view of Lake Michigan in this rustic Irish Farmhouse setting. Whistling Straights serves a mixture of innovative and classic cuisine with Irish & 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.
Known for both its food and its view, Whistling Straits Restaurant earned the Three Diamond Award from AAA in 2012 and also received Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence in 2012.
Blackwolf Run Restaurant
With panoramic views of the Pete Dye-designed championship golf courses, this rustic American grill features hearty fare such as corn and sausage chowder, soy-glazed Alaskan wild-caught salmon, honey-glazed smoked pork chops and premium steaks.
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.
In 2012 Blackwolf Run Restaurant received Wine Spectator magazine's Award of Excellence.
The Shops at Woodlake Kohler
Nestled at lake’s edge, The Shops at Woodlake is a collection of more than 20 specialty shops and boutiques featuring men's and women's apparel, toys, collectibles, a demonstration kitchen, home furnishing and design stores, and restaurants.
Kohler Gardener, your store for gracious garden entertaining, features MacKenzie-Childs, producers of world-renowned enamelware, hand-painted ceramics and home furnishings. Surround your home’s interior and exterior with the Kohler Gardener’s assortment of whimsical décor, flowering plants and topiaries, pottery, books, European specialty foods, baskets and Caspari paper goods – perfect for a luxurious picnic any time of the year.
Scentualities features beautiful collections for your bedroom, your body and your bath, including women’s apparel, jewelry, European perfumes, body and bath indulgences, and unique home décor – including The American Club’s exclusive Frette linens. In 2007, Scentualities received the Best of Intima Award for Best Concept Store for its assortment of product offerings, unique architecture and store layout.
A one-of-a-kind shopping experience, Wisconsin Trader celebrates the spirit of the Midwest. From the moment you walk through the door, you’re greeted by sights and smells that take you back to the comforts of home. Browse through an eclectic selection of home décor for your cabin, cottage or home as well as unique men’s and women’s apparel reflecting the spirit of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Trader also features delightful cookbooks devoted to everything from wild fish and game to cherry pie and a delicious variety of Wisconsin-made specialty food products.
Movers & Shakers Kids Toys
Movers & Shakers is more than a toy store; it’s an experience. And the magic begins as soon as you step inside. Guests are greeted with a fairytale environment, complete with a wide array of books, exciting crafts and activities, stuffed animals, puzzles, games and much more. During the summer, kids can sign up for ARTivity Camps to explore watercolor, pastels, sketching and textiles.
Available to members only, this grand historic mansion includes 31 luxurious guest rooms, two dining rooms, solarium, living room, Rathskeller, meeting rooms, spa with treatment areas, indoor-outdoor year-round swim-through pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and exercise equipment.
A distinguished private recreational and dining club, River Wildlife encompasses more than 500 acres of unspoiled land, seven miles of the meandering Sheboygan River and more than 25 miles of woodland trails.
Melded into a river basin formed by the flows of glacial runoff, Blackwolf Run opened for play in June of 1988 and was named that year’s Best New Public Course in the country by Golf Digest. Both the River and Meadow Valleys are regularly ranked in America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest and the Top 100 You Can Play by GOLF Magazine. Regarded as one of Pete Dye’s crowning achievements, Blackwolf Run has hosted a number of professional championships: the Andersen Consulting World Golf Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997 as well as the U.S. Women’s Open in 1998 and 2012.
The River at Blackwolf Run meanders throughout the Sheboygan River, which comes into play on 10 of the 18 holes. Additional water hazards on the course help make the River an extremely penal course. The undulating greens and elevation changes are sure to frustrate players while the natural beauty is sure to please. The course has four sets of tees to accommodate players of any ability. River course at Blackwolf Run was ranked #14 in Golf Digest 's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2013/2014.
Meadow Valleys Course
The Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run is appropriately named seeing that the front nine wanders through an open meadow and the back nine is carved out of a natural valley. The course has large rolling fairways and difficult greens. The back nine hosts several substantial elevation changes including the dramatic 227-yard par 3 15th. The course has four sets of tees to accommodate players of any ability. Meadow Valleys course at Blackwolf Run was ranked #62 in Golf Digest ’s ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2013/2014.
Blackwolf Run Restaurant
With panoramic views of the Pete Dye-designed championship golf courses, this rustic American grill features hearty fare such as corn and sausage chowder, soy-glazed Alaskan wild-caught salmon, honey-glazed smoked pork chops and premium steaks. 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. In 2012 Blackwolf Run Restaurant received Wine Spectator magazine's Award of Excellence.
Whistling Straits, designed by the legendary Pete Dye, is a throwback to the raw freshness of Ireland. Sculpted into the Wisconsin coastline, The Straits is the proud host of the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships, as well as the 2020 Ryder Cup matches. If you ask Pete Dye, he’ll tell you that building Whistling Straits was a “once-in-a-lifetime thing” – an impressive claim for one considered the foremost golf course designer of our time. “This is as dramatic a site as anything I’ve ever encountered,” Dye said. “I’ve never seen anything that resembles this.” Whistling Straits offers two courses of dynamic contrast and world-class prestige. Open, rugged and windswept terrain defines The Straits, sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Borrowing influences from Irish links courses, The Straits has fescue fairways and massive sand dune bunkers. Just inland, interspersed by four meandering streams, the grassland and dunes aspect of The Irish course is a deceiving tranquil landscape.
Open, rugged and windswept terrain defines the walking-only, links-style Straits at Whistling Straits sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. It is a masterpiece in the world of golf created by Pete Dye. Straits course at Whistling Straits was ranked #2 in Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2013/2014.
Just inland from the great lake and interspersed by four meandering streams, the grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish at Whistling Straits is a deceivingly tranquil landscape. Both traditional and memorable, the Irish is full of unique challenges. Irish course at Whistling Straits was ranked #39 in Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2013/2014.
Whistling Straits Restaurant
Enjoy a scenic view of Lake Michigan in this rustic Irish Farmhouse setting. Whistling Straights serves a mixture of innovative and classic cuisine with Irish & 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. Known for both its food and its view, Whistling Straits Restaurant earned the Three Diamond Award from AAA in 2012 and also received Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence in 2012.
The Champions Locker Room
The Champions Locker Room opened in June of 2004 as a locker room/hospitality arena for the contestants of the major golf championship. The building is adjacent to the Whistling Straits barn and is available as a quiet, intimate and luxurious atmosphere for hosting a meeting and/or meal. This facility is also available as a private locker room facility for corporate patrons.
Irish Barn at Whistling Straits
The Irish Barn is an exceptional location for corporate or social functions. Built of stone and wood, this three-sided authentic barn features captivating views of the Straits Course and Lake Michigan.
Kohler Golf Academy
As a visitor to this great golf destination, you have the opportunity to improve your golf game with one, two, three and four-day schools at the Kohler Golf Academy. Certified instructors have experience working with players of all abilities including touring professionals and top amateurs. Take advantage of state-of-the-art tools to advance your game, including video analysis with the JC Video System.
KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates
Kohler Co., leading manufacturer of kitchen & bath plumbing products and owner of world-class resorts, takes a bold step with chocolates. Introducing an expanded line of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates – a sweet combination of taste and texture. One taste of these delectable fine chocolates and your senses will celebrate. Signature product lines include Terrapins, Garden Ganache, Dark Mountain Toffee, Baking Chocolate and Terrapin Trail Mix. KOHLERchocolates.com
Kohler Waters Spa at Burr Ridge
Recently named the #1 Day Spa in Chicago by Chicago magazine, Kohler Waters Spa at Burr Ridge Village Center is just 20 miles from downtown Chicago. It offers similar amenities and signature water treatments as its sister spas at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, and the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland and features The Circle of Tranquility with 14 treatment rooms in the perimeter and an experiential water area with a 25-foot whirlpool and three unique shower experiences in the center.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience
The Kohler Food & Wine Experience in the Village of Kohler showcases nationally renowned celebrity chefs, wine experts and regional restaurateurs each October. Co-sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, the event offers a weekend full of flavor with gala wine tasting events, wine & spirits seminars, culinary demonstrations, artisan cheeses and gourmet food makers, and specialty shopping.
Horse stables owned by Kohler Co.
Hospitality division that handles all of the landscaping in the Village of Kohler and The American Club Resort businesses.
Kohler Experiential Learning Center
Learning & team building facility located in Kohler, Wis.
Village Real Estate and Development located in Kohler, Wis.