Already home to four Pete Dye championship courses, Destination Kohler recently unveiled The Baths of Blackwolf Run, the resort’s 10-hole, par-3 course.
Spread across 27 acres between the first and 11th holes of Meadow Valleys, The Baths of Blackwolf Run offers holes ranging from 60 to 160 yards and four strategic water features — the titular baths — situated throughout that are not forced carries unless desired. Although the course will play as a 10-hole course, The Baths’ imaginative routing allows for flexible alternatives for shorter or longer golf experiences.
The Baths also features a two-acre putting course, plus a log cabin food-and-beverage station with outdoor seating and a firepit surrounding the opening Bath.
Chris Lutzke and Herb Kohler designed the Baths. Lutzke spent more than 30 years working alongside Pete Dye as he constructed many of his courses, including the two at Whistling Straits. Over the past three years, Lutzke prepared The Straits for the Ryder Cup, which will be contested September 24-26.
The executive chairman of Kohler Co., Kohler has more than 200 product design patents. He helped bring the course to life by calling upon his many years playing the great courses in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.
“We look for ways to enhance the golf experience and grow the game for all golfers” Kohler said. “The Baths complements our four world-renowned championship golf courses while also honoring Kohler Co.’s 130-year history of bathing design. We are delighted to officially open this exciting and unique course.”
“The Baths will be a new twist for our resort guests, regardless if they are a serious player wanting to hone their game or someone yearning for an extraordinary closer to an amazing day on one of our 18-hole golf courses,” said Dirk Willis, vice president of golf for Kohler Co. “Our continued mission is to find new and innovative ways to grow the game and make it more inviting and accessible to all. The Baths of Blackwolf Run allows us to do just that.”
Kohler Golf ushered in championship golf when it hosted the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Opens at Blackwolf Run, along with the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships at Whistling Straits.