boast two courses each.
According to Dirk Willis, general
manager and group director of golf for
the Kohler Company, these courses
have hosted many televised professional tournaments, including three PGA
championships and the upcoming Ryder
Cup in 2020.
“All of the courses rank in the top 100
in the country; we have so many great
golf holes,” Willis said. “Golf is a major
amenity for corporate groups here, as it
allows them to interact with clients and
socialize outside of the workplace.”
As host to about 600 group events per
year, including multiple-day tourna-
ments on more than one course for 12
to 150 players, the staff is accustomed to
working with planners.
“We can accommodate any type of
event,” Willis said. “We get our team
together to go over all the options, and
reality is, we can do anything they want.
We customize shirts, hats, gift items,
prizes—there is no template.”
Popular tournaments include scram-
bles, an interactive tag team-like way
to play, and for smaller groups, a Ryder
Cup-style competition with two teams
of 10 or so golfers playing against each
After hitting the links, groups can
enjoy further mingling at the Irish Barn,
which overlooks Lake Michigan and the
18th hole of Whistling Straits.
Pine Hills Country Club,
Sheboygan-based Pine Hills Country
Club, a private facility that allows outside
public play depending on availability,
accommodates various entertaining
formats, including scrambles, best ball,
points and blind bogie events, according
to Ted Osmundson, PGA, general manager.
“To add fun, there are many options
of hole prizes, such as closest to the pin,
closest to the river, long drive and short
drive,” he said. “Prizes include pre-selected
merchandise from our pro shop and pro
shop gift certificates. We also provide the
option of tee prizes for the entire group of
golfers, which would include custom logo
golf balls, shirts and golf towels.”
Food and beverage during play can be
arranged, and Pine Hills also has a club-
house with private meeting rooms and a
large banquet room to host a cocktail hour
or an awards ceremony after play.
“There are breathtaking panoramic golf
course views from the clubhouse and banquets areas,” Osmundson said.
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➜ Lodge Kohler ( www.lodgekohler.com),
the exclusive hotel of the Green Bay
Packers’ Titletown District, opened in
July across the street from Lambeau
Field. The property features 134
guest rooms, 10 suites in a variety of
sizes, an on-site restaurant and spa,
and several dining/event spaces.
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➜ Hotel Retlaw ( www.thehotelretlaw.
com), located downtown, will reopen
in spring 2018 after a major renovation project.
➜ Fox Cities Exhibition Center (www.
fcexhibitioncenter.com), slated to
open this fall in downtown Appleton,
will offer 37,000-plus square feet of
event space. The center is connected
to the 390-room Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, which offers an additional
40,000 square feet of meeting space.
➜ Courtyard Marriott Appleton (www.
marriott.com) is on track to open in
September and will offer 88 guest
rooms and nine suites, as well as
➜ Riverwalk Hotel Downtown Neenah
( www.rwhotelneenah.com), currently
undergoing a renovation and flag
change to a Double Tree by Hilton,
has a tentative completion date of
➜ The 3,500-seat Oshkosh Arena (www.
oshkosharena.com), home of the
Wisconsin Herd basketball team, is
scheduled to open this fall.
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