Kohler Co. Championship Golf Courses Honored in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses

Both Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run continue to score well on prestigious ranking

KOHLER, Wis. – January 17, 2013 – Kohler Co. is proud to announce Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run Championship courses have been featured in Golf Digest 100 Greatest Rankings, with the Straits course at Whistling Straits leading the way, ranking #2 in 100 Greatest Public Golf courses. Both are part of the Kohler Co.-owned, Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond The American Club resort in Kohler, Wisconsin. One of only 36 worldwide with these designations, the hotel offers unparalleled golfing and hospitality experiences.

“We are pleased and honored that all four of our courses continue to rank within the top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. To be praised amongst the best in America is a true reflection of the first-class experience we offer golfers,” said Jim Richerson, General Manager and Group Director of Golf. “With the 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup on the near horizon, we look forward to continuing Kohler Co.’s legacy of Championship golf for years to come.”

All fours courses are included in the 100 Greatest Public Golf courses.

- Whistling Straits (Straits) #2
- Blackwolf Run (River) #14
- Whistling Straits (Irish) #39
- Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valleys) #62
 
Furthermore, the Straits and River courses both moved up positions in America’s 100 Greatest Golf courses, ranking #16 and #63, respectively. In addition, all four courses ranked highly in the Best in State with the Straits #1, River #4, Irish #5 and Meadow Valleys #6. Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run have collectively hosted the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships and 2007 U.S. Senior Open.

Established in 1966, America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses is the game’s oldest ranking. The Straits course at Whistling Straits has been ranked on America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 14 years. The River course at Blackwolf Run has been ranked for 22 years and according to Golf Digest, “possesses some of (Pete) Dye's most exciting holes.”

In order to construct the prominent list, an expert group of panelists play and score courses on seven criteria including: shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience. To arrive at a course's final score, its averages are totaled in the seven categories, double-weighting shot values. A course needs 45 evaluations over the past eight years to be eligible for America's 100 Greatest, and minimum 25 ballots for 100 Greatest Public Courses.
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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 The American Club resort
The American Club resort, a 2012 Forbes Five-Star Recipient and the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond resort-hotel was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. The resort is one of only 36 hotels with both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond distinction. Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin is the first and only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of 30 spas worldwide to hold this distinction. The resort features 11 dining establishments from the Forbes Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic Italian at Cucina. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.

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