In 1981, The American Club® opened in the cozy Village of Kohler offering guests a charming, storybook and world-class retreat. Here guests could fish, hunt and hike – and enjoy gourmet dining, historic elegance and unparalleled hospitality. Yet Herb Kohler soon realized it was missing one thing: golf. “Our guests liked the courses we were taking them to, but they wanted us to build our own. And they felt strongly about that,” he said.
Eventually, Herb Kohler turned to one of the best modern architects in the game, Pete Dye, and presented him with the opportunity to craft a rough-hewn course that complemented the natural surroundings of the Village. Pete’s first thought – based on seeing the Village of Kohler, population 1,943 sign – was “Who in the world would ever play this course?” Once he saw the land and heard Herb’s vision, however, he quickly changed his mind.
“I remember thinking what a great piece of property I had,” Pete said. “We had terrific land with lots of character and contours that were very well suited for golf.”
The duo began an endeavor that many believed could not be done: to create the championship courses of Blackwolf® Run. Along with creating an opportunity for outstanding play, they also had a solid commitment to complement and protect the wildlife that surrounded it.
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.