Golf and More: 5 Things to do in Kohler
Last Updated: 2/9/2016
Its population may hover just over 2,000, but don't let its quaint vibe fool you: Kohler is a pretty special place with a lot to offer its visitors.
And with the PGA Championship shining its spotlight on the area this August, the world will be discovering more of this perfect small town. Let's start with a golf course receiving some well-deserved buzz this year.
Named by Golf Digest as one of the World's Top 100 Great Golf Courses, Whistling Straits is an exceptional course with breathtaking views and interesting holes. This famous golf destination consists of two 18-hole courses, The Straits and The Irish, both of which hug the gorgeous Lake Michigan shoreline.
Golfers can expect a challenging round where you'll be met with fescue fairways, nearly 1,000 massive sand dune bunkers, four twisting streams and more. If you're an avid golfer, put the world-class Whistling Straits on your bucket list, and good luck to you!
Like Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run has hosted its fair share of championships, including the Andersen Consulting World Golf Championships in the '90s as well as the U.S. Women's Open in 1998 and again in 2012.
But it's the story behind how the course came to be that I find fun and fascinating: Winnebago Chief Blackwolf and his tribe inhabited the Sheboygan River Valley at one time. More than 200 years later, you'll find this striking pair of 18-hole courses: The River and The Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run.
All that golf is sure to make "spa time" seem even more appealing. One of just 48 five-star spas in the world, Kohler Waters Spa offers a wide variety of soothing services from therapeutic water treatments to powerful facial and body treatments.
The environment is just as calming as the services themselves—think water-inspired rooms, alluring respite areas, a warm relaxation pool, rooftop deck with whirlpool, fireplace and lounge.
Q: How interesting can a lot of toilet fixtures really be? A: Extremely.
Most would agree it's the Kohler Company that truly put this tiny town on the map. It's this very same company that is also responsible for making "Bubbler" a thing in Wisconsin. (Thanks, guys!)
In 1985, Kohler transformed its recreation hall into a 36,000-square-foot showcase of innovative product design and technology, creative achievement and American history. It's a riveting tour – and you can't beat the price. (It's free!)
When you visit The Blind Horse Restaurant and Winery in Kohler, you may forget you're even in Wisconsin at all.
Begin your "Napa Valley Style" experience with a food and wine pairing or a guided tour of the contemporary winery. Then take in the live music while enjoying gourmet pizza and a glass of your favorite wine from the comfort of the outdoor patio, which overlooks seven beautiful acres. Aahhhh yes, please!
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Mariah Haberman is the host of Discover Wisconsin, the nation's longest-running travel TV show. She hails from Evansville, where she was brought up in a family of seven in a small farmhouse outside of town. Some of her favorite memories include Lake Michigan fishing trips with her Dad, showing sheep at the Rock County Fair and buzzing around the farm on an ATV with her little brother. Tweet her: @MariahHaberman