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The American Club Resort

Kohler, Wisconsin

By Roger Cox, Editor

Neither the Wisconsin dairylands nor a company town like Kohler, The American Clubhome of the eponymous bathroom and kitchen fixture manufacturer, inspires visions of an inimitable resort vacation. Yet since its inception in the early 1980s, the American Club has quietly emerged as one of the great resorts in all of the Midwest, one made all the more unusual for being a showcase for the Kohler Company that owns it.

The heart of the resort is a stately red-brick National Historic Landmark originally built in 1918 to house immigrant employees and now extensively renovated and expanded to encompass a conference center and 240 rooms and suites, all with opulent bathrooms—including whirlpool tubs—straight out of a Kohler catalog. Hand-crafted oak paneling, Oriental rugs, down comforters, and stained glass further enhance elegant comfort. Pampering is as close as the new Kohler Waters Spa, located right at the American Club. And all of this is just steps from the Kohler Design Center, which exhibits Kohler products past and present.

There is an almost eerie magnificent obsession about the entire resort, as if every brick and fixture had to reflect the Kohler Company's pursuit of polished excellence. That has, however, engendered extraordinary amenities, among them Pete Dye's 72 testing golf holes: two courses at Whistling Straits (the Straits course, which snagged prime real estate bordering Lake Michigan and is ranked No. 5 public course in the U.S. by Golf Digest, and the Irish course) and two courses at Blackwolf Run (the River course, ranked No. 11, and the Meadow Valleys course). Add to that a racquet and fitness facility called the Sports Core (which has a dozen courts, half of them indoors), miles of biking and hiking trails, and even a wilderness preserve. The resort also has nine restaurants, foremost among them the Immigrant, whose menu reflects Wisconsin's cultural heritage with choices as superb as the prices are high.

Tennis Features

Pro Shop: 920-457-4444

Tennis Staff. The last tennis director just left and until a new one has been appointed the two Assistant Pros, Cherly Bromberg and Eric Hilpert continue to manage the programs.
Tennis Programs. At the Sports Core, which is membership based, the staff has put in place a set of adult group clinics, each geared to a particular level of proficiency, as well as junior classes for everyone from 4- and 5-year-old Pee Wees to beginning, intermediate and advanced juniors ages 10 to 18. As a guest at the resort, you can take advantage of private, semi-private and group lessons, as well as such group events as tournaments—both adult and junior—and round robins.
Courts & Fees. Sports Core, the 100,000-square-foot recreational facility, has 12 hard courts, half of them indoors. Court fees: $18/hour outdoors for hotel guests, $23-$30/hour indoors.

Other Recreation

Golf Courses. The resort has four notable Pete Dye courses: 36 holes at Blackwolf Run and another 36 at Whistling Straits along Lake Michigan.

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Rates and Reservations

Rates are subject to 5% sales tax and 5% village tax. Both rooms and suites are available.

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The American Club Resort
Highland Dr.
Kohler, WI 53044
Toll-free: 800-344-2838
Fax: 920-457-5402
Web Link: The American Club Resort

Travel Essentials

Seasons. The indoor courts allow year-round tennis.

General Tourist Information. For general information about travel to this part of Wisconsin, visit the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce website.

©2016 Roger Cox

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Here's what others have had to say about American Club Resort.

  • 4-Ball Rating "Nice, well lit inside tennis courts. It also has a number of nice hardcourt outside courts. Mr. Santos, the pro was willing to craft a lesson that met my needs. The spa is definitely an added plus."—L.J., Beg., February 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Probably the best indoor tennis resort in Wisconsin. Located in Kohler, about an hour north of Milwaukee. The pro, Mr. Santoz will actually rally with you rather than just feed balls. He has an excellent knowldge of the game and will schedule teaching times to meet your schedule. Two pools, indoor and ourdoor hot tubs as well as a spa complete the total package."—B.J., Adv., February 2013

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