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Kohler Co. Confirms Plan to Build 5th Golf Course

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(…the very rich guys who can afford greens fees at these simply amazing golf courses.)

Kohler Co. officials have confirmed plans for a fifth golf course in Sheboygan County, but otherwise remain tight-lipped on the details.

Speaking Monday night to the Wilson Town Board and a crowd of close to 100 people at the board’s meeting, company officials said they’re planning an 18-hole golf course on a 247-acre property Kohler owns along Lake Michigan, just north of Kohler Andrae State Park.

That’s the same site where Kohler had been looking to build a luxury wilderness retreat called the Tented Forest, which they recently scrapped.

Michael Belot, general manager of Kohler’s hospitality division, spoke briefly to the board and said the company is planning a golf course with a clubhouse, maintenance facility and golf cart barn. Golfers would access the development from South 12th Street.

Belot declined to provide additional details after the meeting, but said the company will provide more information once the proposal goes before the town’s Plan Commission.

The Town Board will be asked to issue a conditional-use permit for the project. That will allow the company to respond to any concerns raised by the community.

Town Attorney John St. Peter said a golf course fits the existing zoning for the property and no other local approval will be needed.

The meeting marked the first time Kohler publicly acknowledged its plans for a new golf course since word got out in late February that the company was looking to expand its golf empire in Sheboygan County.

The fact that they will have golf carts is a sign they want to make this course closer to what Blackwolf Run has at its 36-holes and what the Irish Course is at Whistling Straits — a much more comparative, but upper echelon, golf course the rest of Sheboygan Co. is used to.

If I were to take a guess, I’d say Kohler Co. would want these up and running by 2020.  That’s when Whistling Straits is scheduled to host the Ryder Cup and whatever this golf course is eventually named would be a welcome attraction to an area that continues to prove to be Wisconsin’s Golf Mecca.

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