Proposed new Kohler course faces regulatory setback

Plans for a proposed new golf course to be built by plumbing manufacturer and resort operator Kohler Co. near its Wisconsin headquarters received a setback last week when a judge overturned a necessary environmental permit.

According to a report from Wisconsin Public Radio, state administrative law judge Mark Kaiser found that the state Department of Natural Resources erred in granting a wetland fill permit. Kaiser’s March 15 decision specifically states that the Kohler permit application lacked enough details to enable the Department to make a fully informed decision.

The proposed course was planned for 247 acres of land the Kohler Co. has owned since the 1930s next to the Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan County. The proposal is for an 18-hole public course with a 16,000 square foot clubhouse and a 22,000 squqre foot maintenance building, according to WPR.

Kohler Co. currently operates The American Club, comprising two high-end public facilities in Sheboygan County. Blackwolf Run contains two 18-hold courses, The River and The Meadow Valleys. Whistling Straits includes The Straits Course (home of the 2010 PGA Championship and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open), and the Irish Course.

A spokesperson for Kohler Co. said the company will appeal Kaiser’s decision.

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