The American Club resort lures guests with outstanding service and a long list of amenities. Below are the five things we love the most about the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.
1. The golf. With some of the most scenic and sought-after golf courses in the country, The American Club’s golf offerings are not to be missed. The jewel in the resort’s golf crown is Whistling Straits Golf Course, which hosted the 2010 PGA Tournament. The Alice and Pete Dye-designed course features the grass-and-dune Irish course, as well as the Straits, which hugs Lake Michigan from a bluff in the style of legendary Scottish and Irish links. Blackwolf Run, also designed by Pete Dye, is located in a lush river basin and surrounded by forestry.
2. Kohler Waters Spa. The spa’s philosophy follows the theory that water is the essence of life, and accordingly, it offers a number of hydrotherapy experiences you won’t likely find anywhere else. High-end, high-tech and custom-designed Kohler baths and showers are the settings for unique treatments like the lavender rain exfoliation, the H20 inspiration exfoliation and an acoustic bath.
3. The factory town history. It’s hard to imagine that the striking, estate-like Tudor mansion that houses The American Club once served as a factory-worker dormitory. But that has more to do with company founder John Michael Kohler’s appreciation for his employees than any dramatic revamp to the building — even when factory workers roamed the halls here, the estate offered amenities like a dining hall, company bar and bowling alley. Across the street, tours are available of the old factory where Kohler products are still produced. Meanwhile, the Kohler Design Center down the road, known affectionately at “the toilet museum,” showcases the innovative designs created throughout the company’s history. Both the tour and the museum offer free admission.
4. The bathrooms. Given that the hotel is part of the Kohler bath empire, it’s no surprise that the bathrooms here are a standout feature. As guest room price-points increase, the fixtures become increasingly high-end — and high-tech. Consider the hotel’s Eau de Vie Suite, which comes equipped with a $10,000 Kohler sõk overflowing bathtub with chromatherapy lights. Even regular rooms feature stylish tile work and inviting massage-jet showerheads.
5. The Immigrant Restaurant. Chef Matthew Bauer at The Immigrant Restaurant is continually developing his menu to offer new seasonal, locally sourced pleasures. We love the restaurant’s cozy underground setting and appreciate the excellent wine list. The Winery Bar offers cheese and wine tastings; inquire at the front desk about attending a class during your stay.