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Pete Dye and Herb Kohler Eye Another Collaboration in Wisconsin

No. 8 at Whistling Straits' Straits Course No. 8 at Whistling Straits' Straits Course / Larry Lambrecht

When Herb Kohler first asked Pete Dye about designing a golf course for him in 1984, Dye’s wife Alice wondered why her husband would entertain the notion of building a course in the chilly north. “Herb’s enthusiasm and love of the game won me over,” said Dye in his biography, Bury Me in a Pot Bunker.
Following major championship-worthy efforts at Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits, there could be a new course on the horizon for these spry seniors. Kohler, 75, and Dye, 88, may want one more bite of the apple.
According to a report on, the Dye-namic duo has been eyeing a Kohler-owned, 247-acre piece of property along Lake Michigan near Kohler Andrae State Park. Dye told Golf Channel in February that “there would be four holes along Lake Michigan. I wish I could have more along the water. That’s always the case. I wish I could have six.”
The last time the two blended their talents along Lake Michigan, they created Whistling Straits’ Straits course, the sensational venue for the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships. “I want the course to look like it’s in Ireland,” Kohler told Dye, and Dye delivered. What will this new course look like? The Town of Wilson has an April 7 board meeting where Kohler Co. will reveal more of what they’re thinking.
Serious golf fans should be salivating at the prospects.
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