View from the 5th on the River Course at Blackwolf Run
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Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7404 yards
Slope 151
Rating 76.2

Course Details

Year Built 1990
Fairways Bluegrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Pete Dye (1990)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - Kohler Golf Academy
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire includes a collared shirt and no jeans.

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4.9
12 Reviews (12)
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5.0
First Time Playing

Hard, but so cool

Making the trip to Kohler, this course is an absolute must.

We played the tips and it was arguably the most challenging course I have ever played next to Pound Ridge (another Pete Dye in Pound Ridge, NY). A ton of forced carries over water, elevated greens and well positioned bunkers.

We partied till 3am the night prior and teed off at 7.30am - would not suggest doing that. Get your rest before this course or it will eat you up.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Blackwolf Run - River

This was our final round of our Wisconsin adventure, following Erin Hills, both courses at Whistling Straits, and Meadow Valleys. This course was right at home in that lofty company. In some ways, it may have been my favorite.

As with all of those courses, the facilities were superb and welcoming. The restaurant was good. The staff was friendly. There was even a nice shower so that we could all clean up before heading to the airport. My only criticism is about the constant marshalling about pace of play even though we weren't really out of position and the group behind us was even further behind. I get it's important to keep things moving, but it's a tough course and a bad hole can kill you. Not a huge issue.

This course is pretty similar to Meadow Valleys, but a little more dramatic. More split fairways, more forced carries, and (as you might expect) more water.

Knowing where to place your tee shot is a key skill on this course. You need to be in position to have a chance of hitting good approaches. Hole 8 is a really cool drive through a chute that then leaves you with a tough call on how much to challenge the green on your second shot, but if you hit a bad drive it's a lot tougher. #11 is similarly beguiling in that a misplaced tee shot will force you into a longer third than you'd expect or want. Hole 12 is a highlight both for the tee shot and the second shot.

My least favorite hole on the course is #13. Much like #17 on Meadow Valley, the tee shot is obstructed by a huge tree. Being a long par 3, with the river to the right, it's a lot to ask to hit a 4i over that tree or to expect someone to start a draw over the water and let it come back. I did not care for the hole.

However, 14-18 is one of the strongest stretches of holes in the Destination Kohler package. I'd nearly put it up there with 14-18 on the Straits course. You get some good scoring opportunities on 14, 15, and 16 and then some tough closers in 17 and 18.

This is a super course, well worth the praise it receives. The conditions are ideal, with greens that are speedy, but true. Get yourself to Wisconsin and check it out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The River course was the most enjoyable course of the four Straits/Blackwolf offerings in my opinion.

The absence of knee high rough beyond the first cut this early in the playing season no doubt relegates this track less toothy than it can be. But I found the course to be extremely playable provided you find the fairway off the tee.

The course isn’t very long from the green tees, but this is offset by the quirkiness that lie in many of the holes. The first example is the par-5 eighth that offers a terrific risk/reward option off the elevated tee, followed by a split fairway. Another, the short par-4 ninth is one of my favorite holes at the resort.

This is a course that I would not tire of playing. I can’t say the same about the Straits, although it is a superior test of golf.

I would summarize my Straits/Blackwolf experience as this:

Most playable course: River
Toughest course: Straits
Most fun course: back nine of the Meadow Valleys
For whatever reason, other than a great collection of par 3s, the Irish was the least memorable course in the rotation for me.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Challenging but still had fun

Again, played as part of Dye-abolical package.

Greens were very tough but immaculate. Had to be very creative in some spots. The forecaddie was great and had lots of knowledge to help you save strokes. No layups. But lots of fun. :)

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the truly great Dye Designs... EVER

The River Course at Blackwolf Run. Man, that's a heck of a moniker - and this course lives up to every word. The holes are named: Burial Mounds; Made in Heaven (which is); Cathedral Spires and Unter Der Linden are but a few. Great golf courses have seemingly unforgettable golf holes that indelibly etch themselves into one's mind after they've been played. The River Course legitimately has 5 or 6 such holes. And every aspect of the experience (The American Club or Inn at Woodlake), the food, the staff, the surrounding Kohler/Sheboygan area has a similar effect. While there will always be Pinehurst, Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Streamsong and others, a trip to Wisconsin and a sampling of the symphony that is Herb Kohler and Pete Dye's Ode to the Love of Golf should be on your bucket list

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Chicago Milwaukee Advisor
First Time Playing

Wow is all I can say about The River course

The river is fantastic. Definitely deserving of one of the top 20 courses in the country. With so many holes cut along the sheboygan river it makes for great sites on 3/4th of the holes. The front side plays a bit tougher as it is a par 37. The back is no slouch, it may be a par 35 but wit par 3 like #10 and # 14 where you have to fly the ball over the river and around trees it is nowhere near easy. The finishing hole is awesome with the giant club house in the back. Had lunch after which was delicious with terrific service. This is a place you must visit.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

A Great Track

With no disrespect to the Straits, the River is the best course at the American Club. The reason I say this is because it is a much more playable and fair course. And while the Sheboygan River is no Lake Michigan, it still offers scenic views throughout the course, especially on the tee box of Hole 5, arguably Kohler's signature hole. The first two holes (opening par 5 and a short par 4) allow you to get off to a good start, but then the challenge begins. Other great holes include Holes 4 (beautiful par 3), 8 (reachable par 5), 9 (par 4 with plenty of options), 11 (long par 5 along the river), 13 (long, difficult par 3 on the river), and 14 (short par 4). And the closing three hole stretch of Holes 16 (long double dogleg downhill par 5 with the green perched on the river), 17 (tough par 3), and 18 (long dogleg left par 4) are among the best in golf. If you find yourself in the Sheboygan area on a golf trip, do not forget to play this outstanding course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Toughest course at The American Club

To my mind - -and my game -- this is the toughest of the 4 courses at The American Club. Brilliant routing through the woods and down into and back out of the river valley. Lots of options off the tee on many holes, including the option of losing your ball in the river, the woods, the rough, etc. Love the 8th, 9th, and 10th holes, as long as you pick the right tees. The 13th--long par 3 over the river and with tall trees between tee and green--is one of the toughest 1-shotters you'll ever play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

golf channel am tour

the river course was in excellent condition considering the poor weather, but it is extremely challenging-can't wait to go back and play it again now that I know where NOT to hit it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Tough in the Wind

The River Course at Blackwolf run is far more challenging and scenic than it's sister course the Meadow Valley course. You could still see some signs of aeration on the fairways and greens but this had no impact on the playability of the course; everything else on the course was in immaculate condition. The day I played it was cool, foggy, and windy and this made the River course a bit of a beast even though the long grass was thinner than it would be later in the season. I would highly recommend playing this course as part of one of the packages, otherwise it is quite expensive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Like Straits, Blackwolf Run no less impressive

After playing the Straits Course at Whistling Straits, you'd think it would be difficult to be impressed. And it is. But the River Course at Blackwolf Run more than lived up to the challenge. Of course, it's completely different than the Straits, and it actually looks a bit more natural (because it is). The holes around the river valley may be the most scenic, but the course features on imaginative hole after another. I particularly like the options off the tee with bailout areas and more aggressive risk-reward plays. Greens are also outstanding, tricky and fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

My favorite Pete Dye design

I'm tempted to proclaim the River Course as my favorite Pete Dye Course among the dozen-plus of his I've played (and I know Dye also did the Straits course). The setting is surreal, set along a river and playing through gorgeous woodlands and hills. I adore short, drivable par 4s and I think the par-4 9th hole is my favorite: 3 options off the tee and as many pitfalls if you miss your shot. Dye courses leave you nowhere to hide, which sometimes makes me not enjoy them, but he's struck a pretty good balance on the River.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging

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