The American Club
What We Love
- The resort is a two-hour drive from Chicago and a one-hour drive from Milwaukee
- Demonstration Kitchen cooking series, hosted by Kohler’s resort chefs, every Saturday from January through April
- Kohler’s enormous world-class fitness facility, featuring six indoor tennis courts, top-tier instruction, scheduled classes, every conceivable piece of equipment and a restaurant
What To Know
- A six percent resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The resort is spread out, and some attractions are too far to walk; free shuttles are provided
- Some restaurants and resort facilities operate on limited schedules and the golf course is closed in the winter
- Treatments in the 25,000-square-foot Kohler Waters Spa can be pricey; spa usage fees and minimum service requirements may apply
- The American Club is popular for weddings, events and corporate retreats
- Guests 15 and under are not permitted in the Carriage House Immersion Suite
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
In the early 20th century, industrialist Walter Kohler hired Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park, to build a Utopian factory town for his immigrant workers. Today, Kohler is still an American dream, a four-season resort with world-class golf courses, hotels, spas and restaurants. Its flagship is The American Club, a luxury boutique hotel in which every bathroom is a one-of-a-kind showcase for Kohler’s highest-end spa and plumbing products.
Bed and Bath
Rooms feature heavy down comforters and high-thread-count sheets, wet bars and fine furniture from Kohler’s own lines: Baker, Mark David, and McGuire. But it’s the bathrooms where the company makes its grandest statement. In the main building, they range from very impressive to over the top, each one featuring a signature Kohler “Shower Experience,” which might include steam, chromotherapy lights, massage jets or a combination, while many also have jetted tubs.
Kohler owns virtually every shop, restaurant and hotel in town. The result? A seamless town-slash-resort hybrid in which you can charge everything to your room, from meals at the off-premises Cucina Italian restaurant to classes at Yoga on the Lake. The American Club’s four-star Immigrant Restaurant offers fine dining with a nod to regional traditions, like local walleye, while the Horse & Plow pub serves homemade Wisconsin bratwurst and other hearty Midwestern specialties. The other resort facilities include a 25,000 square foot spa, the enormous fitness and racket club, an upscale shopping center at Woodlake, an 800-acre River Wildlife nature and outdoor sports preserve (for an additional cost), and a litany of tours and scheduled activities.
How to Get There
Was the nicest staff and accommodations. The bathroom was beyond description. Really enjoyed the ability to just pick up a phone and have someone easily make any reservation in town that you needed. We were celebrating our anniversary and everyone on staff knew it! A must do and must do again and again!
Four guys on a golf trip to play Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run I didn’t know what to expect for our accommodations.
The hotel is like stepping back in time. I was disappointed that we had to wait until 3:59PM for our room to be available when 4:00PM was the guarantee. Our room, a double with two queen beds was very small and everything seemed damp the during our entire three night stay. The golf courses were great. The hotel needs to be updated in my opinion. For the person who wants to step back in time, go. For those that want more modern amenities, be prepared. The shower was fantastic as would be expected from the Kohler Company.
The town of Kohler is built around the Kohler brand, and the American Club, an old men's clubhouse and dormitory, plays a vital part of that history.
The house has since been renovated into a five star hotel, but retains the characteristics that display its history. The old bars remain intact, with modern amenities to dispense quick service. The hallways bear carpet of the period. The room decor is a callback to a more industrial time period. But make no mistake. This facility bears five stars and with good reason.
The service is top notch. The food is incredible. The facilities are world class. Just about everything you could ever want is here. Literally everything, as the building is massive and contains several activities, ballrooms where they host shows, and bars/restaurants. There's not a lot of places in Wisconsin that are like this, and definitely nothing nearly as luxurious.
If you like quality, great service, and a wonderful experience, The American Club is a place you should visit. If there is a resort to bench mark this resort with it would be Sea Island in Georgia. Two separate experiences, but each is an upscale resort with much to offer. Each has earned a 5 star rating in my opinion. My wife and I went with another couple to play golf ...an experience in itself, and simply loved the American Club. It started with the reservation team 6 months ago who proved themselves to be patient, knowledgeable, and very accommodating until the day we checked in. Thank you Beth, Rachel, and Anthony. You delivered on everything you promised! From tee times to caddies to spa and restaurant reservations....not one hiccup!
We stayed in the Carriage House and felt it was perfect. The room, continental breakfast, and afternoon snacks were what you would expect from an upscale resort and the convenient location made a spa visit too easy to pass up. The shuttle service was timely and very appreciated. We ate twice at Black Wolf Run and found the food and service to be excellent. Our first visit to the Hearth and Plow was a slight disappointment but was soon forgotten and in retrospect falls in the “stuff happens” category.
My big take aways, however, are the location and the people on the staff. The Village of Kohler is truly a slice of Americana and the resort facilities are truly interesting and historical. The people on the staff were special....professional, friendly and eager to go the extra mile. We loved our experience and already are planning next year’s visit.
I was told The American Club was where to go for that special trip, so my husband and I went there for our anniversary. Unfortunately, our room was musty smelling, tired-looking, and we lost hot water when taking a shower - not special. The public bathrooms in the hotel were dirty. We were woken up at 7:15am on Sunday morning to a worker, blowing leaves outside the courtyard. And, it was a struggle to get a cup of coffee in the morning - all frustrating.
We’re golfers, and the play was exceptionally slow - 5 hours and 50 minutes. Urgh. And, to think we paid $700 for two, with the course being quite average (caveat: it was not Whistling Straits), and the golf marshalls uncaring of the slow play.
There are so many better choices out there these days! For golfers, in Wisconsin, try Sand Valley, for example. But, The American Club has long past its prime and is way over-priced for what it offers. You can do better.