Kohler Co. Global Hospitality Group Awarded with Prominent World Ranking

Both The American Club and Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa obtain rankings in Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels

KOHLER, Wis. – January 15, 2013 – Kohler Co. is proud to announce both resorts in its Global Hospitality & Real Estate portfolio – The American Club resort in Kohler, Wis. and Old Copurse Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews, Scotland – earned the prestigious Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels. Both leading resorts have been listed in this leading reader’s survey, along with other top-level luxurious resorts throughout the United States and Europe.

“For both of our Five-Star resorts to be highly praised amongst the best hotels in the world is not only an honor but is also a true reflection of the incredible hard work and dedication from our associates who each day passionately extend attentive Five-Star service to all of our guests,” said Debbie Taylor, Kohler Hospitality & Real Estate Group President.

From safari lodges to snowy ski-in, ski-out hotels, 2013 winners are a mix of remote escapes and city hotels. Travel + Leisure hails The American Club resort as the “Midwest’s most deluxe resort and spa.” The magazine advises readers to get to know more about Kohler Company’s rich history and take a complimentary factory tour, located directly across the street from the hotel, where KOHLER plumbing products continue to be made.

The "contemporary resort" on St Andrews West Sands impressed readers with its VIP Five-Star standards and award winning Kohler Waters Spa. The magazine's 'Insider Tip' highlights one of the resort’s most unique assets – The Jigger Inn. Golf's most famous 19th hole is cited for its 'fish and chips' which can be enjoyed by guests overlooking the best par four in the world – the Road Hole on St Andrews Old Course.

Kohler Co., most notable for its artistic and innovative kitchen and plumbing products, has a rich history of creating high-end products and experiences. Since forming the Hospitality & Real Estate Group in 1981, Kohler Co. has continued the tradition of offering the most luxurious and personalized experiences at both Kohler owned properties in Wisconsin and St Andrews. Both properties, known for their high-level customer service and impeccable attention to detail, are recognized internationally for their Championship golf courses.

The American Club Resort is home to public courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, which have collectively hosted the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships, 2007 U.S. Senior Open and future home to the 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup. The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa overlooks the world’s most famous golf course, and also as offers golf at the only healthland course in the area – The Duke’s. The resort has served as host hotel of The 2010 Open Championship and the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Both resorts also offer unparalleled experiences at Kohler Waters Spa, highly acclaimed for its innovative water-based therapies and services.

Each year, thousands of passionate Travel + Leisure readers vote on the hotels they love the most to provide a definitive list of the world's top 500 hotel destinations, judging each on a wide range of criteria including rooms, location, service, food and value. The American Club resort is listed as the only hotel in the Wisconsin category, with a score of 88.23 out of a possible 100 points for 2013. The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is listed as the only hotel in the Scotland category, with a score of 87.52 out of a possible 100 points for 2013.

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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.

About The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, has 144 luxurious rooms including 35 suites, and borders the 17th 'Road Hole' of the world famous Old Course in St Andrews, the Home of Golf. The hotel has spectacular views across the links courses to the sea, The Grampians and St Andrews. Kohler Co. acquired the award-winning Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in October 2004 and has since completed a comprehensive investment program, which includes new suites by star French designer Jacques Garcia and a brand-new, state-of-the-art conference wing. The Kohler Waters Spa opened in March 2006 and is a member of the prestigious Leading Spas. The Duke's St Andrews is a magnificent heathland masterpiece with views over the Auld Grey Toon. It reopened in the summer of 2006 following a transformation by American golf course architect Tim Liddy, protégé of Pete Dye. Recently positioned by Golf World magazine in the UK’s top 100 courses, The Duke’s is on many golfers ‘Must Play’ lists.

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