The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa Earn Top Ratings from Forbes

The Immigrant Restaurant pronounced one of the industry’s finest

KOHLER, Wis. – February 22, 2016 – For the fifth year, the Forbes Travel Guide has honored The American Club hotel and the Kohler Waters Spa with its highest rating of Five Stars in its annual review of resorts and spas around the world. The guide is considered to be one of the most discriminating and influential arbiters of properties throughout the global luxury leisure market, and the ratings carry considerable weight within the industry. For more than 50 years, Forbes has enlisted professional inspectors to establish the benchmark for excellence in the global hospitality, and it has once again recognized these Kohler properties as among the best in the world.

The American Club is the only resort in Wisconsin to receive a Forbes Five-Star rating on this year’s list, and the same is true for the Kohler Waters Spa in the spa category. Described as “Wisconsin’s cozy hidden gem,” The American Club is also highlighted by Forbes for its “outstanding service and long list of amenities,” “standout” bathrooms, and “some of the most scenic and sought-after golf courses in the country.” The Kohler Waters Spa is noted for “a number of hydrotherapy experiences you won’t find anywhere else,” and for offering “some sort of fun and unexpected amenity at every turn.”

Originally known as the Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes originated the Five-Star system in 1958 and uses a team of “professional incognito inspectors and editors” to travel the world assessing the properties. These experts base their ratings on an evaluation of more than 500 criteria and define a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star property as “a destination unto itself;” asserting that “these exceptional hotels provide a memorable experience through virtually flawless service and the finest of amenities.” Spas rated with Five Stars will “wow you with extraordinary design and facilities, and uncompromising service.”

“Forbes was one of the first to appraise the market in this way, and it has long been considered the most distinguished,” said Michael Belot, General Manager of Destination Kohler. “To earn five stars again for The American Club and the Kohler Waters Spa is something we are very proud of and which we do not take for granted. I am personally appreciative to our associates for helping us achieve this distinction.”

The Forbes ratings also recognized The Immigrant Restaurant with its elite Four-Star ranking. Experts praised its “friendly and polished staff,” and made note of its “young chef’s forward thinking cuisine.”  Forbes bestows its Four Stars nearly as judiciously as its Five Stars; a Four Star rated restaurant must feature “creative, complex foods,” and offer a “focus on seasonality.” The Immigrant Restaurant was the highest ranked restaurant in Wisconsin on this year’s Forbes list, and the only one to receive a Four Star rating from its experts.

Known for its long history of sophisticated, cutting-edge plumbing products, Kohler Co. decided to transform the original workers’ dormitories into a world-class resort hotel in 1981. The American Club in Kohler, Wis., was later joined in 2004 by The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews, Scotland. Both properties, known for their high-level customer service and impeccable attention to detail, are recognized internationally for their championship golf courses. Destination Kohler is home to public courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, which have collectively hosted the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships, 2007 U.S. Senior Open and will host the 2020 Ryder Cup. 

The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa overlooks the world’s most famous golf course, The Old Course, and also offers golf at the only heathland course in the area – The Duke’s. The resort has served as host hotel for both the 2010 and 2015 Open Championships and the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Both resorts also boast Kohler Waters Spas, which are highly acclaimed for their innovative water-based therapies.

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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 Destination Kohler

The American Club resort, a 2015 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 features 12 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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