tom mackell sand valley/whistling straits golf trip proposal

JULY 31, 2022 - AUGUST 6, 2022 | 6 NIGHTS | 8 ROUNDS | 8 GOLFERS | $5,395.00 USD pp

Epic Golf Travel

November 18, 2021

 

Hi Tom,

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 8 golfers traveling and includes 1 nights lodging in the cottages at Sand Valley and 5 nights lodging in double guest rooms at The American Club at Kohler Resort, 8 rounds of golf at Sand Valley and Kohler Resort, caddie fees at The Straits Course and The Irish Course and numerous other inclusions listed below.

I booked the best golf and lodging I could based on your preferences and based on availability at Sand Valley and Kohler. I have made preliminary deposits for every part of your itinerary, as both destinations were almost fully booked. Our deposits are 100% refundable if the dates and itinerary don't work, but this way I could guarantee you specific dates, golf and tee times.

Your confirmed lodging has you staying 1 night at The Leopold Cottages at Sand Valley (only 1 night was available at Sand Valley at any time near your preferred travel dates) and 5 nights in double accommodations at The American Club at Whistling Straits.

Your confirmed golf has you playing The Sand Valley Course and The Mammoth Dunes Course at Sand Valley, 36 holes on The Straits Course at Whistling Straits and 18 holes on The Irish Course, The River Course, the Meadow Valley's Course and the par 3 Baths Course. More information on your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

Regarding transportation, I am researching the best pricing for transfers from MKE to Sand Valley, Sand Valley to Kohler and Kohler back to MKE. This quote will come in separate cover once I have all pricing back from our suppliers.

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: July 31, 2022 - August 6, 2022
# GOLFERS: 8 Golfers
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
7 Days / 6 Nights / 8 Rounds
GOLF: 18 holes on The Straits Course & 18 holes on the Sand Valley Course, The Mammoth Dunes Course, The Irish Course, the Meadow Valley's Course and The Baths. 36 holes on The River Course.
LODGING: 1 night lodging in The Leopold Cottages at Sand Valley (4 bedrooms & 8 individual beds) & 5 nights double lodging at The American Club at Whisting Straits
TRANSPORT: Transportation is still being researched for the best available
PRICE: $5,395.00 USD per person
DEPOSIT: $1,390.00 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
18 holes on The Straits Course & 18 holes on the Sand Valley Course, The Mammoth Dunes Course, The Irish Course, the Meadow Valley's Course and The Baths. 36 holes on The River Course.
1 night lodging in The Leopold Cottages at Sand Valley (4 bedrooms & 8 individual beds) & 5 nights double lodging at The American Club at Whisting Straits
Club storage, locker room, shoe service & full use of all practice facilities
Caddie fees & Forecaddie fees included (gratuity not included)
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

YOUR ITINERARY

Here is your itinerary for Sand Valley and Destination Kohler (Whistling Straits):

July 31, 2022

  • Fly into Milwaukee International Airport. Coach transfer to Sand Valley Golf Club.
  • Play Sand Valley - 3:00pm/3:10pm
  • Overnight in The Leopold Cottages at Sand Valley

August 1, 2022

  • Play Mammoth Dunes - 9:15am/9:25am
  • Coach transfer to Whistling Straits
  • Check-in at The American Club

August 2, 2022

  • Play The Irish Course - 9:20am/9:30am
  • Complementary replay available at The Irish
  • Overnight at The American Club

August 3, 2022

  • Play The Straits Course - 9:20am/9:30am
  • Overnight at The American Club

August 4, 2022

  • AM: Play The River Course - 8:10am/8:20am
  • PM: Play the Meadow Valleys Course - 2:10pm/2:20pm
  • Overnight at The American Club

August 5, 2022

  • AM: Play The River Course 7:30am/7:40am
  • PM: Play The Baths 1:36pm/1:48pm
  • Overnight at The American Club

August 6, 2022

  • Check out of The American Club
  • Depart Whistling Straits for Milwaukee International Airport

WHY EPIC GOLF TRAVEL?

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GOLF COURSES

GOLF COURSES

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.

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.

LODGING

LODGING

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 and Leopold 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 or double bedrooms with a full kitchen, living room, fire pits and outdoor amenities.

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.

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