THE BATHS OF BLACKWOLF RUN-KOHLER EXPANDS IT’S GOLF

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The Baths of Blackwolf Run are under construction in the Meadow Valley.

Only in Kohler Wisconsin, could golf get mixed in with baths. 10 par 3, style holes, and 4 baths.

A tip of the cap or golf visor to the history of the Kohler Company.

Kohler that’s been home to bathroom and shower area products, is bringing some of that to a new 10 hole par 3 course, that’s being designed by architect Chris Lutzke along with Kohler Company Executive Chairman, Herbert V. Kohler Jr.. Kohler created the idea of the baths.

The idea started with the Kohler Golf team now headed up by Vice President of Global Golf, Retail and Landscape, Dirk Willis. Willis told Golfers on Golf that he brought the idea to the company some years back during his first stint with the company. Willis left and went to California to work for a golf company for several months, but returned to Kohler after there was an opportunity to return with promotion into his current position.

After returning to Kohler, he proposed the idea again and with success this time, as Kohler was looking for something new as part of it’s golf experience at Destination Kohler.

There was just over 20 acres available between holes 1 and 11 on the Meadow Valley Golf Course at Blackwolf Run. In between the golf holes, will be 4 “baths” with beach like entrances, and a sandy bottom. The ten golf holes can be altered so play can continue, while groups of “bathers” enjoy the water. Willis would not speculate on what the new logo “could be” for the Baths at Blackwolf.

Click here to hear the interview with Kohler VP of Golf Dirk Willis.

The goal is to have the project wrapped up and ready to open by June of 2021, so that the “Baths of Blackwolf Run” get their proper due, before the delayed into 2021 Ryder Cup arrives in September.

Some early photo’s of the project have just been taken by the Kohler Company, and when photo’s get approved for release by Herbert Kohler to the media, they will get posted here at Golfersongolf.com.

Kohler Company is hoping to wrap up some final legal issues and other concerns to the Sheboygan property they owner near Lake Michigan, that will get developed into the resorts fifth full 18 hole course. That course-still unnamed will be the first course not fully designed by the late Pete Dye. Who the designer will be is still a question, and it could be Lutzke the long time Dye-disciple. But it might not be Lutzke, and for now only Herb Kohler knows the answer to that question.

TEE TIMES are filling quickly on all four courses including Whistling Straits for late September, now that the tee sheet is open with the Ryder Cup being pushed into 2021.

Over 1500 tee times were sold on the Straits Course within 10 days of the Ryder Cup being postponed. So book quickly if September in Kohler is on your hit list, see Destination Kohler and Americanclubresort.com.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.