2020 August Meeting |
August 16-21, 2020 |
Destination Kohler, Kohler, Wisconsin
The 2020 August Meeting will travel to Kohler, Wisconsin where our members will experience world-class golf and enjoy accommodations at a luxurious resort that is one of just four hotels in the world to maintain an AAA five-diamond rating for 38 years.
This once-in-a-lifetime trip will take place on August 16-21, 2020. It will feature golf on the Irish, River and Meadow Valleys courses and a deluxe stay at The American Club, which is all nestled in the quaint Village of Kohler, Wisconsin.
During our stay in Kohler, members will play three acclaimed golf courses all designed by Pete Dye, who is widely regarded as the greatest architect of his generation.
Kohler Golf has collectively hosted six Major Championships with the Straits gearing up to host golf’s preeminent international competition, the 2020 Ryder Cup. A ceremonial symbol linking the past, present and future of the Ryder Cup, the Silver Putter plaque is currently on display at Whistling Straits for guests to enjoy.
Since the Straits Course is walking only (no carts under any circumstances), The 200 Club will not be playing it as part of the official program. Members will have the opportunity to play the Straits Course on the off-day, or with early arrivals or late stays on an optional basis.
Here is a look at the three outstanding courses that we will be playing as part of the official program.
The Irish At Whistling Straits
Just inland from the great lake and interspersed by four meandering streams, the grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish course is a deceivingly tranquil landscape. Both traditional and memorable, the Irish course is full of unique challenges. The Irish at Whistling Straits was ranked #39 in GolfWeek’s 2018 Best Resort Courses and #43 in Golf Digest’s 2019/2020 America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.
The River At Blackwolf Run
Pete Dye designed one of the best golf courses in America on rich land once known by the Winnebagos and Algonquins for exceptional fishing and hunting. Intimidating to the professional, fair and dramatic for the amateur, this “beauty of the beast” measures 7,404 from the back tees with a slope of 151. Target landing areas, strategic bunkering, large undulating greens, and water or gorges on 14 of the 18 holes characterize the challenge of this championship course. The playing values of the River course are a match for its natural beauty.
In its brief existence, the River course has quickly earned a reputation as being among the country’s very best. Ranking #15 in Golf Digest’s 2019/2020 America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses and #22 in GolfWeek’s 2018 Best Resort Courses. GOLF Magazine says this course “must be considered the nation’s finest public-access course of modern times.”
The Meadow Valleys At Blackwolf Run
Professionals and amateurs of all skill levels can experience a day of golf like no other on the Meadow Valleys course. Described as both subtle and devilish, it winds through meadows and charges across ravines, reflecting the natural features of the Wisconsin terrain. This championship course challenges even the experts to weigh the relative advantages of distance and accuracy, though staggered tees put much of the danger out of harm’s way for the average golfer. The Meadow Valleys was ranked #57 in Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2019/2020.
Accommodations at The American
It has been said that Destination Kohler invented the idea of luxury golf lodging when it renovated its old dormitory into The American Club, a five-star, five-diamond hotel that has stood as an icon of gracious hospitality for 100 years.
Set in the quaint Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, the full-service resort hotel offers elegant accommodations and unparalleled service. Combing the best of modern living with a taste of the past, the hotel stands as a testament to Kohler’s commitment to the people living in the town of Kohler, Wisconsin, and the people who come to visit. The Tudor-style hotel features oak-paneled hallways display antiques from the town’s varied history, as well as Americana and photographs of the area’s earlier days.
The hotel simply has everything for the discerning traveler: four world-class golf courses designed by Pete Dye, a 500-acre nature preserve, the Kohler Design Center, a sports center and racquet club, spa treatments at the Kohler Waters Spa and the Shops at Woodlake Kohler. More importantly, each of the 240 rooms within The American Club has been outfitted in the Tudor style, along with a state-of-the-art Kohler showering experience or whirlpool tub in each bathroom, details that make this hotel rise above the rest.
Our members will be able to relax and rewind in one of The American Club’s upgraded deluxe rooms that offer space and more seating including a loveseat or sofa, chair and wet bar.