john nitzberg Erin HIlls, WHISTLING STRAITS & Sand Valley Golf TRIP

AUGUST 31, 2023 - SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 | 5 NIGHTS | 7 PLUS ROUNDS | 4 GOLFERS

Epic Golf Travel
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December 7, 2021

Hi John,

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 5 nights lodging in (2) single & (1) double guest rooms, 7 plus rounds of golf, caddie fees at The Straits Course, cart & forecaddie fees on The Irish, The River, and Meadow Valleys. Erin Hills is a walking-only course, caddies will be reserved for your group - paid for locally. Sand Valley is a walking-only golf resort, caddies can be arranged and are paid directly on day of play.

Your suggested lodging has you staying 3 nights at The Inn on Woodlake at Whistling Straits and 2 nights at Sand Valley Resort. More information on your lodging may be found below.

Your suggested golf has you playing 7 rounds on Erin Hills, The Straits, The Irish, The River, Meadow Valleys, Sand Valley, and Mammoth Dunes. Also included are complimentary rounds on the 10-hole par-3 'The Baths' at Whistling Straits and the 17-hole par-3 'The Sandbox' at Sand Valley. More information on your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

Our prices INCLUDE ALL TAXES AND ANY RESORT OR LODGING FEES, there are no hidden costs of any kind.


Your monies are 100% protected from any Coronavirus related issues. Your trip can 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.


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

Kind regards,

 

YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: August 31, 2023 - September 5, 2023
# GOLFERS: 4 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
6 Days / 5 Nights / 7 Plus Rounds
GOLF: 7 rounds at Erin Hills; The Straits Course, The Irish Course, The River, and Meadow Valleys at Whistling Straits; Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes, and The Sandbox at Sand Valley
LODGING: 3 nights single or double lodging in Lakeside Guest Rooms at Inn on Woodlake at Whistling Straits. 2 nights single or double lodging at The Lodge at Sand Valley
TRANSPORT: Not Included. Complimentary shuttle service to all golf courses & resort amenities while guests at Inn on Woodlake at Whistling Straits
PRICE: Double Room - $4,325.00 USD per person (2 golfers)
Single Room - $5,575.00 USD per person (2 golfers)
DEPOSIT: $1,250.00 USD per person
TERMS: Your monies are 100% protected from any Coronavirus related issues. Your trip can 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 at Erin Hills; The Straits Course, The Irish Course, The River, and Meadow Valleys at Whistling Straits; Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes, and The Sandbox at Sand Valley
Complimentary rounds on The Baths par-3 & The Sandbox par-3
3 nights single or double lodging in Lakeside Guest Rooms at Inn on Woodlake at Whistling Straits. 2 nights single or double lodging at The Lodge at Sand Valley
Club storage, locker room, shoe service & full use of all practice facilities
Caddie fees included on The Straits & The Irish (gratuity not included). Cart & forecaddie fees included at The River. Caddies can be arranged at Sand Valley & Mammoth Dunes; paid locally
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
Automatic Membership into our Epic Plus Program
Our Gold Star Service Pledge

WHY EPIC GOLF TRAVEL?

WE'VE BEEN THERE

We have real-world experience with every location and golf course we offer. We use our personal journeys to help create your custom trip.

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PGA Professionals, travel industry veterans and golf travel experts at our locations add up to a perfect blend of local knowledge and expertise.

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Fitting the pieces of your golf trip puzzle together is sometimes hard work. We make it easy by doing it for you so you just enjoy the ride.

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GOLF COURSES

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.

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.

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.

 

LODGING

LODGING

THE INN ON WOODLAKE

Well-appointed lakeside property located in Kohler Village, this hotel has a five-star spa and easy access to the four Kohler golf courses.

The Inn on Woodlake blends modern-day ambiance and convenience for golfers visiting Whistling Straits. All 121 rooms feature the signature Kohler shower experience with multiple fixtures. The black-and-white room décor is simple but contemporary: crisp white duvets, upholstered headboards, and white tiled bathrooms.

A five-star spa, complete with a European-inspired swimming pool and the latest in Kohler fixtures, and sports club that features an indoor pool, racquetball courts, and dozens of classes, round out the amenities.

SAND VALLEY LODGING

Guest Rooms, Suites & Cottages

GUEST ROOMS
With 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.

SUITES
The suites at Sand Valley are the ideal way to enjoy a getaway to Sand Valley. All suites have spacious bedrooms and common rooms, wet bars and in-room refrigerators, and easy access to outdoor space with fantastic views of the property. Choose from King Suites that accommodate a single or couple guest experience, the luxurious Crenshaw’s Cabin overlooking Sand Valley’s 18th hole or the 4-Bedroom Mammoth Suite, perfect for golf groups.

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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