Nobody does amazing golf better than The American Club's four golf courses at Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin
KOHLER, Wis. – It’s not often you feel like you stole something from Pete Dye and pulled a fast one on Mother Nature at the same time, but that’s how good things are going during my Labor Day weekend visit to The American Club.
I shot in the 80s at two of the country’s hardest courses, the Straits Course at Whistling Straits and the River Course at Blackwolf Run – the past two days. I have to give an assist to Mother Nature for giving me perfect playing conditions both days, low wind and high temperatures.
When the weather cooperates, you can count on one hand the number of golf resorts as good as this one. All four courses are drop-dead gorgeous and just as challenging. Dye can twist you into a pretzel if you’re not on your game.
I found more than my share of the nearly 1,000 bunkers on the Straits, but I never left my next shot in the sand. I made a great out on No. 7 (see the photo above) and got up and down from a bunker for par on the dangerous par-4 18th finishing hole. My caddie pointed out the Dustin Johnson bunker (see photo below), but thankfully my tee shot was nowhere near it.
Today at Blackwolf Run, I had back-to-back triple bogeys on the par-4 ninth and par-3 10th holes. Somehow, I steadied the ship for a solid finish.
After a sticky hot day on the course, I can’t wait to take a shower back in my room at the Inn on Woodlake. After all, the bathrooms – decked out Kohler fixtures – are just another in a long line of A-list amenities guests enjoy at this five-star resort.
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