Monday, January 1, 2007
The Midwest's finest are as good as it gets
American Club. Once a dormitory for Kohler’s immigrant employees, this AAA Five-Diamond resort hotel in Kohler—90 minutes from Milwaukee—features unique, luxurious decor that creates a singular experience room by room. Because bath-furnishing mogul Herb Kohler owns the resort, no two bathrooms in the hotel are the same. The Horse & Plow restaurant/sports bar is second-to-none for casual fare. Next door, Kohler Waters Spa offers nourishing treatments, massages and all-day experiences. Stroll through the streets of Kohler for a morning walk.
Green Bay Packers Hall Of Fame. The 25,000-square foot facility, located inside Green Bay’s Lambeau Field Atrium, lets visitors relive the most exciting moments in Packers and NFL history. You can see, touch and feel 80-plus years of football through 80 exhibits, including three Super Bowl trophies and a re-creation of Vince Lombardi’s office. Also, a children’s interactive area lets little fans experience what it’s like to play for their favorite NFL team, which in this area better be the Packers. For more info, visit www.packers.com.
5 Best Places To Stay
1. The American Club
The area’s only AAA Five-Diamond resort hotel, The American Club in Kohler, features a first-class spa, fitness center and two spectacular golf courses.
2. Boyne Highlands Resort
Offers three top-notch golf courses as well as comfortable accommodations. The Ross Memorial is an absolute must.
3. Garland Resort
The only AAA Four-Diamond property in northern Michigan, the impressive main lodge is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
4. Inn At Bay Harbor
An impressive hotel and 27 holes of outstanding golf along Little Traverse Bay are only the beginning at Bay Harbor.
5. Grand Traverse Resort And Spa
Over 400 hotel rooms and 200 condos are available, as well as a beach club, health club and courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and the great Gary Player.
5 Hidden Gems
1. Shanty Creek
Features Tom Weiskopf’s first design in Michigan, Cedar River, as well as the Arnold Palmer-designed Legend Course. Consistently rated one of the state’s best.
2. Black Forest Golf Club
Tom Doak’s Black Forest is a tough but enjoyable test of golf that demands your entire game be on the ball.
3. Black Lake Golf Club
Built on land owned by the UAW Family Education Center, Black Lake’s Rees Jones-designed Championship Course runs across 300 acres of mature forests and wetlands.
4. Forest Dunes Golf Club
Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this links-style track features natural sand dunes, native fescue and plenty of great golf.
5. Grand Geneva Resort
Home of The Brute, one of the toughest and most challenging tests of golf in the Midwest. Features close to 70 sand bunkers and enormous, undulating greens.
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