More Holes In Cheese-land?

It’s official: Herb Kohler wants to build another golf course near the Wisconsin town that bears his family name. At a local Plan Commission meeting earlier this week, the general manager of Destination Kohler said, “We believe it can be as good or better than the Straits course,” referring to the Pete Dye-designed Whistling Straits (above). In fact, one of the selling points of the new course is that it will be among the top 50 in the world, yet there was no mention of who would do its design. According to the Sheboygan Press, the course—which will be on Kohler Co.-owned land near Kohler-Andrae State Park—would have four holes along the Lake Michigan shoreline and open in July 2017. Unless it is stopped by a group called Friends of the Black River Forest, which turned up at the meeting even though no public comment was allowed. Kohler Co. officials say they are looking into the environmental impact on the region’s sand dunes and white pines, and have requested an easement to begin building maintenance roads.



  1. Whistling Straits is a beautiful course. The land that Mr. Kohler would destroy for his new course is a spectacular forest and wetlands that need to be preserved. To turn this magnificent land, which is also part of the State Park, would be a travesty and a terrible legacy to leave.

    — M Kerpe · Saturday July 5, 2014 ·

  2. While your statement “even though no public input was allowed” may be factual, the public is invited to listen to what is taking place. Even though you might think this is a good idea, building another golf course on environmentally sensitive land is not.

    — Thomas Stoelb · Saturday July 5, 2014 ·

  3. Developing this Forest Preserve State Wildlife Refuge into a yet another golf course would be a tragedy of the highest order. This pristine forested paradise is a haven to at least 150 species of wildlife and home to a diverse variety of plant life. There are also sensitive wetlands, inland dunes, and woodland trails. The negative environmental impact would be total, not to mention that the golf course’s high capacity well would compete with the wells of the neighboring community. In addition, the water quality of Lake Michigan, an important source of fresh water for a large number of people, would suffer from the inevitable pesticide and fertilizer runoff from the course. The land may be Mr. Kohler’s but the easement would infringe upon State lands, cutting public trails in half, setting a horrible precedent that public lands are not secure and could go to the highest private bidder. Developing a full-fledged natural wildlife habitat into a golf course would leave all of the animals homeless. Surely there are more suitable places to consider. Mr. Kohler could leave a beautiful legacy to posterity which his father, Herb Kohler Senior, wanted to do by dedicating pristine wilderness to be left untouched for generations to come. Herb Kohler Jr. could put this land into a Land Trust to benefit all forever in honor of John Michael Kohler, his ancestor.

    — Debbie Desmoulin · Saturday July 5, 2014 ·

  4. Herbert Kohler has been praised as a Steward of the Land. The Company touts its concern for the environment. Yet, tearing up nearly pristine land, deforesting over 125 acres and depleting and polluting our resources for private profit and the benefit of the 1% who don’t live here is highly irresponsible. There are many other locations for Herbert Kohler to build this course which would not be as devastating to the environment.

    — Mary Faydash · Monday July 7, 2014 ·


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