August 25, 2023
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 7 nights lodging, 8 rounds of golf plus 2 par-3 rounds, caddie fees at Erin Hills & The Straits, cart & forecaddie fees at The Irish, The River, and Meadow Valleys, and other inclusions listed below.
Sand Valley and Mammoth Dunes are walking-only golf courses, caddies are optional but highly recommended. Caddies are required on Lido GC. 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 1 nights in a 4-Bedroom Cottage at Erin Hills, 2 nights in (2) Double Queen Guest Rooms at The Lodge at Sand Valley, and 4 nights in Lakeside King Guest Rooms at Inn on Woodlake OR Deluxe King Guest Rooms at The American Club. Your suggested golf has you playing a total of 8 total rounds; Erin Hills Golf Club, Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes, Lido GC, and the par-3 The Sandbox course at Sand Valley; 4 rounds at Whistling Straits; The Straits Course, The Irish Course, The River Course, and Meadow Valleys. Also included is a round on their par 3 course, The Baths. More information on your lodging and golf courses may be found below.
A Full-Size SUV hire is included for the duration of your trip for pick-up/drop-off at Milwaukee Airport (MKE).
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 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.
|YOUR TRIP SUMMARY|
|DATES:||July 22, 2024 - July 29, 2024|
|# GOLFERS:||4 Golfers|
|8 Days / 7 Nights / 8 Plus Rounds|
|GOLF:||8 rounds of golf on Erin Hills GC, Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes, Lido GC, The Straits, The Irish, The River, and Meadow Valleys. Also included are rounds on the par-3's The Sandbox & The Baths|
|LODGING:||1 night in a 4-Bedroom Cottage at Erin Hills, 2 nights in (2) Double Queen Guest Rooms at The Lodge at Sand Valley, 4 nights single lodging at either Inn on Woodlake or The American Club in Kohler/Whistling Straits|
|TRANSPORT:||Full-Size SUV hire from/to Milwaukee Airport (MKE)|
Inn on Woodlake: $8,075.00 USD per person
The American Club: $9,890.00 USD per person
|DEPOSIT:||25% of trip cost 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|
WHY EPIC GOLF TRAVEL?
WE'VE BEEN THERE
We have real-world experience with each destinations and use our personal journeys to help create your custom trip.
THE EPIC TEAM
PGA Professionals and travel industry veterans combine for a perfect blend of golf knowledge and expertise.
THE TRIP PUZZLE
It's hard work fitting the pieces of your golf trip puzzle together. We make your trip 100% fun by doing it for you.
of our clients would travel with us again
YOUR GOLF COURSES
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.
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.
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.
LIDO GOLF CLUB
Restoration architect Tom Doak
The Lido Golf Club was designed by C.B. Macdonald on the shores of Long Island in 1914. It was considered by many golf historians as one of the greatest golf courses ever created, before it was demolished by the U.S. Navy during World War II.
The Lido course is perhaps the most ambitious project the golf course-developing Keiser family has undertaken. They aim to make an exact recreation of the original course on Long Island, New York, down to bunker positioning, fairway contours, even directional orientation.
The original The Lido Golf Club opened in 1917 and was considered in the same company as Royal Dornoch, Ballybunion, Pine Valley, Shinnecock and National Golf Links as among the best golf course designs in the world. The Keiser family has commissioned Tom Doak to restore The Lido to its original form at Sand Valley.
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.
COTTAGES 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 LODGING
Guest Rooms, Suites & Cottages
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
COMMITTED TO THE PERFECT TRIP
A COMPANY OF GOLFERS
We've traveled the world playing golf. We think just like you do, making us the perfect golf planning partner.
BESPOKE GOLF EXPERIENCES
We offer the finest resorts and golf courses in the world and customize each and every trip.
OUR SERVICE PROMISE
Our partners have been providing the highest level of service to their golf clientele for decades.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
You deserve a trip that is planned and executed perfectly, providing you with memories that last a lifetime.