Chris Lutzke Carries Pete Dye Legacy at Whistling Straits

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One of the country’s great golf destinations is planning to make a splash with the development of its new short course facility.

Desination Kohler, the Kohler, Wis., resort that is home to four Pete Dye golf courses in Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, is introducing “The Baths of Blackwolf Run”—featuring a 10-hole par-3 course, a two-acre putting course, and four strategic water features (hence “The Baths”) designed into the routing. The facility is set to open in June of 2021 ahead of the rescheduled Ryder Cup on The Straits course at Whistling Straits.


Paying homage to Kohler Co.’s 128-year history in bathing design, The Baths was co-designed by veteran golf course architect and Dye protégé Chris Lutzke, who worked with Dye on Whistling Straits, and Kohler Co. Executive Chairman Herb Kohler, drawing from his experience playing some of the world’s greatest courses over the years in Europe and the U.S.

“The par-3 and putting courses will provide a dynamic experience for our international guests and local community,” says Kohler. “It is important for these courses to aid in our continuing efforts to grow the game by creating opportunities for players of all skill levels. The Baths will do it with the Kohler touch to create a unique experience.”