Rick Schweikert Erin Hills, Sand Valley & whistling Straits Golf TRIP

AUGUST 2024 - AUGUST 2024 | 8 NIGHTS |  7 PLUS ROUNDS | 4 GOLFERS

Epic Golf Travel

September 28, 2022

Hi Rick,

Many thanks for your inquiry, we would love to be your resource for all your golf travel needs!

Epic Golf Travel was founded over 25 years ago and our company partners are PGA Professionals who have over 75 years of golf industry and travel experience. We are members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the leading international golf tourism organization, as well as the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). Our commitment is to deliver an exceptional golf travel experience... every client, every trip, every time.


At Epic Golf Travel, our motto, “The Best Golf Vacations on the Planet”, is our sincere promise to you to deliver an exceptional golf travel experience... every trip you take and every time you take one.


To this end, we spend more hours planning and executing your trip than any other golf tour company in the industry. Because of the time we spend, this sometimes comes at a cost, so working with us may not be for everyone or for every trip. But for those who seek a genuine interest in their golf experience and fanatical attention to detail, we believe you’ll appreciate our absolute commitment to you and your golf travel plans.

The attached schedule is based on 4 golfers traveling and includes 8 nights lodging in king guest rooms, 7 full rounds of golf plus 2 par-3 rounds, caddie fees at The Straits and Erin Hills, forecaddie & cart fees at The Irish, The River & Meadow Valleys, an embossed leather gift set for each player from Epic Golf Travel and numerous other inclusions listed below.

Sand Valley and Mammoth Dunes are walking-only golf courses, caddies are optional but highly recommended. Epic Golf Travel will be glad to arrange the caddies for your group, they are paid locally on the day of play and not included in the cost.

Your suggested lodging has you staying 2 night in The Lodge at Erin Hills, 2 nights at Sand Valley Resort, and 4 nights at Inn on Woodlake at Whistling Straits.

Your suggested golf has you playing 7 rounds, plus two additional par-3 rounds, at Erin Hills Golf Club, Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes, the par 3 Sandbox courses at Sand Valley and 4 rounds at Whistling Straits;  The Straits Course, The Irish Course and The River Course. and Meadow Valleys; also included is a round on their new par 3 course, The Baths. More information on your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

Example Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive at Erin Hills / Play the Kettle Loop / Overnight at Erin Hills

Day 2: Play Erin Hills / Play The Drumlin After Dark / Overnight at Erin Hills

Day 3: Travel to Sand Valley / Play The Sandbox / Overnight at Sand Valley

Day 4: Play Sand Valley AM / Play Mammoth Dunes PM / Ladies Enjoy a Hike on the Songbird Trail PM / Overnight at Sand Valley

Day 5: Travel to Kohler / Tour the Harley Davidson Museum / Overnight at Destination Kohler

Day 6: Play Meadow Valleys AM / Play The Rivers PM / Spa Afternoon for the Ladies / Overnight Destination Kohler

Day 7: Play The Irish AM / Kohler Factory Tour PM / Overnight at Desination Kohler 

Day 8: Play The Straits AM / Enjoy the Shops at Woodlake PM / Overnight Destination Kohler

Day 9: Play The Baths AM / Depart

Car hire or airport transfers & transportation between Erin Hills - Sand Valley - Whistling Straits can be included at additional cost.

Our prices INCLUDE ALL TAXES AND ANY RESORT OR LODGING FEES, there are no hidden costs of any kind. Epic Golf Travel can guarantee 2024 pricing before they open their reservations. Once deposits are received, Epic Golf Travel will secure tee times & lodging as the become available & ahead of the general public.


Your monies are 100% protected from any COVID related issues. Your trip may be rescheduled without penalty should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19 that affect your lodging or golf.


I look forward to your thoughts and please reach out with your questions or comments.

Kind regards,

 

YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: August 2024
# GOLFERS: 4 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
9 Days / 8 Nights / 7 Plus Rounds
GOLF: 7 rounds of golf on Erin Hills GC, Sand Valley & Mammoth Dunes Courses, The Straits, The Irish, The River, Meadow Valleys. Also included are rounds on the par-3's The Sandbox & The Baths
LODGING: 2 night lodging at The Lodge at Erin Hills, 2 nights lodging at Sand Valley Resort, and 4 nights lodging at The American Club at Whistling Straits
TRANSPORT: Car Hire or airport transfers & transportation between Erin Hills - Sand Valley - Whistling Straits can be arranged at additional cost
PRICE: $6,430 USD per person
DEPOSIT: $1,625 USD per person
TERMS: Your monies are 100% protected from any Coronavirus related issues. Your trip may be rescheduled with no penalty should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19 that affect your lodging or golf
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
7 rounds of golf on Erin Hills GC, Sand Valley & Mammoth Dunes Courses, The Straits, The Irish, The River, Meadow Valleys. Also included are rounds on the par-3's The Sandbox & The Baths
2 night lodging at The Lodge at Erin Hills, 2 nights lodging at Sand Valley Resort, and 4 nights lodging at The American Club at Whistling Straits
Club storage, locker room, shoe service & full use of all practice facilities
Caddie fees included at The Straits & Erin Hills (gratuity not included)
Sand Valley & Mammoth Dunes are walking-only golf courses, caddies can be arranged - paid locally on day of play
Forecaddie & cart fees included for The Irish, The River & Meadow Valleys courses
Epic Golf Travel embroidered leather gift set for each golfer
Gift bag with logo items included from Whistling Straits
Full Services of Epic Golf Travel Personnel before, during and after your trip including a web portal for individual online deposit and balance payments, arranging all golf, room, caddie and dinner reservations, rental car requests & airport transfer requests
Epic Golf Travel 24/7 Golf Concierge Service
Automatic Membership into our Epic Plus Program
Our Gold Star Service Pledge

WHY EPIC GOLF TRAVEL?

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We have real-world experience with each destinations and use our personal journeys to help create your custom trip.

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YOUR GOLF COURSES

ERIN HILLS

Host to the 2011 US Amateur & the 2017 US Open

Opened in 2006 and having already hosted a US Amateur and the US Open, Erin Hills has evolved quickly into a must-play championship venue.

On a rugged landscape formed by glacial action thousands of years ago, little earth was moved when forming the course, resulting in one of the most natural layouts to be found anywhere in the US.

Erin Hills enjoys exceptional terrain for inland links golf, with rolling dune-like hills, golden fescue, and uninhibited views across the course highlighted by a few select trees. The course tends to play hard and fast, reminding you of playing in Scotland or Ireland.

The setting at Erin Hills has a special feeling that is difficult to convey in words; you simply have to experience it for yourself.

SAND VALLEY

Golf Magazine Best New Course 2017

Sand Valley is the fifth course that the firm of Coore and Crenshaw has designed for resort maven Mike Keiser, and the first not located close to an ocean. No matter. It’s still on a thousand acres of rolling sand hills in Central Wisconsin, and Coore and Crenshaw were given carte blanche to route their course.

Given the name, many conclude Sand Valley is a combination of Nebraska’s Sand Hills Golf Club and New Jersey’s Pine Valley. But Sand Valley has its own personality, with some dual fairways, gigantic sand spits, enormous greens and even a hidden putting surface. Sand Valley was Golf Digest’s Best New Course of 2017.

MAMMOTH DUNES

Golf Magazine Best New Course 2018

David McLay Kidd, who designed Bandon Dunes twenty years earlier, began building a second 18 at the resort just before Coore and Crenshaw had completed their 18, Sand Valley. He gave his meandering layout enormous fairways, big accessible greens and visually-unique hillsides of exposed sand, “mammoth dunes” that became the course moniker.

The dune ridge which forms the dominant feature of the course is close to 100 feet high, making the course visually off the charts.

At Mammoth Dunes, Kidd will take you on a journey around a majestic landscape, and along the way his design skews toward helping, which increases thrill and enjoyment.

THE SANDBOX

The 17-hole short course by Coore & Crenshaw

The Sandbox provides an intimate connection to the sand county landscape of central Wisconsin. Located 50 yards from the Clubhouse and in the backyard of some of the lodges, The Sandbox plays through a restored sand prairie that sits within the same V-shaped sand ridge that frames Mammoth Dunes.

With holes ranging from 40 to 140 yards, the short course features the most unique green complexes on the property, including a biarritz, double plateau, lion’s mouth, and a redan.

Designed to be tackled with just a few clubs, the holes unfold over a sandy tract dotted with native scrub and situated next to the resort’s lodge, so it’s extremely convenient to access—and inspiring to play.

 

WHISTLING STRAITS: THE STRAITS

18 holes, 72 par, 7,790/7,142/6,663 yards

If you didn’t know the history behind Whistling Straits, you’d believe that the 560-acres of land had been shaped by the hands of time. But you’d be wrong. Whistling Straits was the vision of Herbert V. Kohler, Jnr. who transformed a former airfield into one of the most dramatic courses on the planet.

In 1998, the course opened for play and even Pete Dye thinks that building Whistling Straits was a “once in a lifetime thing”. It took a few million dollars and a Herculean effort to build the incredible Straits course, which is sculpted for two miles alongside the Lake Michigan shoreline.

With an interesting figure of eight routing for both outward and inward nines, the layout is extremely well-balanced and utilizes the topography to its' full effect. Whistling Straits is an architectural engineering work of art and it’s and absolute must-play course.

WHISTLING STRAITS: THE IRISH

18 holes, 72 par, 7,201/6,750 yards

The Straits course gets most of the hype between these two co-located courses due to its major championship pedigree, but The Irish is a treat to play. The second Pete Dye layout at Whistling Straits sits just inland from the Straits, but boasts many of the same incredible features and challenges while still maintaining a personality all its own.

There are many holes that force strategy and some thought off the tee in terms of how aggressive you want to be. Hole 2 is a great example. You can try to be more aggressive off the tee, but you've got water down the left and a bunker on the right that comes into play if hit driver. How much are you willing to risk?

The greens are tricky, but extremely smooth rolling. Bunkers are used strategically in the all the best ways... to challenge you, to deceive you, and to punish you. The bunkers on this course are a little rockier than others in the area... really more waste areas than bunkers. Not many will allow your typical explosion shot. Overall, this course is a treat to play. The facilities are exceptional (as you'd expect) and the staff is very friendly,

BLACKWOLF RUN: THE RIVER

18 holes, 72 par, 7,404/6,865 yards

Designed by Pete Dye, both courses at Blackwolf Run are top notch golf courses but the River course is undoubtedly the flagship layout. There a number of refreshing aspects to playing at Blackwolf Run (apart from the clean, fresh air, of course) - a player may walk while carrying their bag, there are no houses or condominiums adjacent to the property, there is a choice of four tee boxes per hole and the course is kept in immaculate condition – none of which can be said for most resort courses.

Severe elevation changes are a feature as all eighteen holes wind their way round and about natural and man-made water hazards. Precise course management must be used at Blackwolf Run, as a poor decision will cost many shots to par. You could be in another world a long way from Wisconsin on the three holes around the turn on the River course – possibly the finest three at Blackwolf Run.

BLACKWOLF RUN: MEADOW VALLEYS

18 holes, 72 par, 7,250/6,830 yards

If there are two or more courses on a property, one is guaranteed to be overlooked. Such is the fate of the Meadow Valleys course at Blackwolf Run. Though it’s not a major championship venue, it is a deserving Top 100 course in its own right, and it would be foolish to make a trip to Kohler without playing it.

Despite being on the same property as The River, The Meadow Valleys has a look that’s distinct from its Blackwolf Run sister. The Meadow Valleys is more open, offering many long views that allow you to see multiple holes. There are still plenty of elevation changes, but they tend to be more compact – an elevated green rather than an entire hole that plays uphill. The most obvious difference between the two courses is the lack of water at The Meadow Valleys – it’s only a substantial hazard on six holes.

THE BATHS PAR 3 COURSE

The Baths of Blackwolf Run is a 10-hole, par-3 course that is built on 27 acres between the first and 11th holes of Blackwolf Run’s Meadow Valleys course.

The hole lengths range from 60 to 160 yards, and though the layout features four water hazards (the “baths”), none of them require forced carries to play the hole.

Though the course was designed to be played as a 10-holer, the routing allows for both shorter and longer playing experiences. In addition to the short course, guests can enjoy a two-acre putting course, log cabin food-and-beverage station and ample outdoor seating around a firepit.

ERIN HILLS - KETTLE LOOP

In 2018, Erin Hills introduced the Kettle Loop, a collection of five holes carved from the existing 18. Designed specifically for overnight guests who don’t quite have time for 9 or 18 holes before sunset or just want more time on the course after their round, the Kettle Loop provides a fun late-afternoon golf option.

Through the use of two new tees and little-used tees on the other three holes, the loop presents a different look for each hole than what the golfer sees during the full round. The Kettle Loop will evolve each year as they explore adding tees and/or greens.

Caddie Fees

  • Double-Bag Caddie Fee & Gratuity: $40 per player
  • Premium Single-Bag Caddie Fee & Gratuity: $60-80 per player

THE DRUMLIN AFTER DARK

The Drumlin putting course at Erin Hills will act as a highly-visible centerpiece to a championship venue in the evening. Not simply because of its location (in full view of those dining, staying and playing), but because of the installation of custom, low-profile lighting that will illuminate the one-of-a-kind putting surface under the Wisconsin night sky.

Its primary purpose: fun.

In August 2019, Erin Hills revealed the Drumlin — where no two putts will break the same. It’s where scores will be settled, and competitive juices can continue to flow — just as the drinks will — long after sunset.

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YOUR LODGING

ERIN HILLS LODGE

The Lodge at Erin Hills is just off the 18th green and certainly resembles an Irish country inn, which was the intent, after all.

The Lodge features a variety of room options complete with antique furnishings, Egyptian linens, and private bathrooms.  There are also private four bedroom cottages overlooking the golf course on property. Each cottage offers spacious beds, private bathrooms, and a central great room complete with flat screen television, gas fireplace, wet bar, and comfortable seating.

The Lodge is a short walk down a few sets of stairs from the Clubhouse, and is situated between the practice facility and the first tee. The Irish Pub on the first floor has one main bar room, which extends into a back lounge with televisions and poker tables.

The pub leads outdoors to a porch with rocking chairs where you can smoke your cigar and tell tall tales about your shots of the day. You can also enjoy the sunset on the outside patio, which has tables and three fire pits overlooking the first hole.

 

SAND VALLEY LODGING

GUEST ROOMS
With single king or two queen beds and a double vanity sink, each room comfortably sleeps two people or can be reserved by a single guest for a more spacious experience. With lower level rooms opening up to an outdoor porch area, and with upper level rooms offering superb views of Sand Valley or the Par-3 Course, you’ll feel immersed in the nature around you.

THE AMERICAN CLUB

The flagship of the town of Kohler is The American Club, a luxury boutique hotel in which every bathroom is a one-of-a-kind showcase for Kohler’s highest-end spa and plumbing products.

Rooms feature heavy down comforters and high-thread-count sheets, wet bars and fine furniture from Kohler’s own lines. But it’s the bathrooms where the company makes its grandest statement. In the main building, they range from very impressive to over the top, each one featuring a signature Kohler “Shower Experience,” which might include steam, chromotherapy lights, massage jets or a combination, while many also have jetted tubs.

Kohler owns virtually every shop, restaurant and hotel in town. The result? A seamless town-slash-resort hybrid in which you can charge everything to your room, from meals at the off-premises Cucina Italian restaurant to classes at Yoga on the Lake. The American Club’s four-star Immigrant Restaurant offers fine dining with a nod to regional traditions, like local walleye, while the Horse & Plow pub serves homemade Wisconsin bratwurst and other hearty Midwestern specialties.

COTTAGES AT ERIN HILLS - $780.00 USD per person upgrade

Here is a 3D tour of a Cottage at Erin Hills

The private four bedroom cottages overlook the golf course on property. Each cottage offers spacious beds, private bathrooms, and a central great room complete with flat screen television, gas fireplace, wet bar, and comfortable seating.

The cottages are a short walk from the Clubhouse, and is situated between the practice facility and the first tee. The Irish Pub on the first floor has one main bar room, which extends into a back lounge with televisions and poker tables.

The pub leads outdoors to a porch with rocking chairs where you can smoke your cigar and tell tall tales about your shots of the day. You can also enjoy the sunset on the outside patio, which has tables and three fire pits overlooking the first hole.

 

SAND VALLEY COTTAGES - $925.00 USD per person upgrade

COTTAGES

The Glacial Lake Cottages serve as a luxurious and comfortable outpost nestled into the rugged sand barrens and oaks that surround them.  Located a short walk from the Clubhouse, there cottages provide convenience to the resort's amenities with the privacy needed to enjoy the serene setting. Each provides 4 single bedrooms with a full kitchen, living room, fire pits and outdoor amenities.

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PLAYER GIFTS

PLAYER GIFTS

EMBOSSED LEATHER GIFT SET

Our embossed gifts are 100% full grain leather and made right here in the USA . They come with our logo embossed on each item and should give you years of service!

Each player will receive a valuables pouch, luggage ID tag, beverage koozie and a metal poker chip ball marker.

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