14th green at Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7250 yards
Slope 145
Rating 75.1

Course Details

Year Built 1988
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Pete Dye (1988)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - Kohler Golf Academy
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire includes a collared shirt and no jeans.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2018 #1)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Wisconsin (2018 #22) (2017 #12)

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Excellent and very underrated

It might not be agreeable to everyone, but I'm glad to go on record as saying this is the superior of the two courses at Blackwolf Run. Some masochists may dismiss the opening half-dozen holes as forgettable and easy, but I enjoy the chance to put up a couple birdies, especially when carnage awaits around every corner at the rest of the resort's big courses.

Things pick up in a hurry as the back nine gets underway, and the stretch of 12 through 18 here might be my favorite stretch of golf at the entire resort. The 13th is a world-class short par 4, 14 with its green situated in a bend in the river and 15 with its all-or-nothing chasm carry comprise a sensational stretch of golf.

If you're coming to Kohler, do not let anyone talk you out of playing this golf course or dismiss it as fourth-best. It's excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/19/2021

I would concur! Meadow Valleys offers a tremendous and memorable back 9! Got to play it twice and the was nobody out there either time. Also notable that the final 9 is part of the composite US Women's Open setup that also includes several of the holes from the River course if I remember correctly.

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The 4th of a great resort

I finally had the opportunity to play the 4th course of the Kohler empire. The Meadow Valleys did not disappoint. This would be a great track to play as a warm to the other 3 or a great way to end your trip as a relaxing course to finish up with. Course conditions were amazing for October. Greens were super fast and fairways were nice and tight. Obviously all the fescue and tall grass is cut down this time of year but it was still a beautiful course. The front nine is good but not great like the back nine and the other 3 courses. Once you get to the back you will not be disappointed. 10th hole is a cool starting whole cut through the woods. The back has generous fairways but if you miss you fall down 5-10 feet down into the rough which is pretty cool. 17th is a awesome visually tough par 3 lots of places to miss but only a 150 yds. 18 is a cool hole with the great clubhouse in the background. Finish with a long iron over the river to a double green shared with the 18th of the river course.

All in all this is a great place to go and play. I highly suggest playing all the Kohler courses and staying up there and doing it right. Its a great relaxing area with some tough but fun golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Blackwolf Run - Meadow Valleys

Our group did the Destination Kohler package and hit up all 4 courses involved. Meadow Valleys was a real highlight. I feel like it had the least hype of the 4 courses, but it was just as fun and challenging as any of them.

You can use full carts here, which is nice after Whistling Straits.

Hard to overstate how different the Blackwolf Run courses are from Whistling Straits. Conditions are LUSH. Meadow Valleys is pretty much a perfect description of what to expect. You've got some hills to navigate with some incredible pastoral views. The native areas are beautiful, but they sure are hungry for golf balls!

The greens here are quick! And some of the pin positions can be brutal. #3 is mid-length par 3 with a wicked green. On the day we played the pin was in the back just off a severe slope. It was nearly impossible to two putt if your tee shot wasn't past the hole. In fact, in an afternoon scramble our 3 groups all bogeyed this hole!

#9 is an awesome, but tough hole. We had the wind into us, making the tee shot hard to carry to the fairway and then having 185ish into the green with water all down the right. Very challenging, but lovely.

#10 is the most unique hole on the course. Randomly you are just encased in a tunnel of trees. You have to carefully choose your club off the tee to set up a clean look at the green. It's not a hard tee shot, but the sudden walls of trees make it feel very tight. After this hole, you're back in the meadows and valleys.

#13 is also an unusual hole. It's a short par 4, making you think you should be aggressive if you're swinging the long clubs well. But what you can't see from the tee is that the green is on a giant plateau. Being close isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's easier to leave yourself a comfortable full shot.

#17 is a stupid hole. It's a shortish par 3, but there is a tree right in the play line. That's annoying enough, but the green is also all sorts of treacherous. This is the only hole on the course I really did not enjoy.

Overall though this course is fun. It's a little less dramatic than its sister course (The River), but conditions are very similar and very nice. It will challenge you (especially the greens), but it won't beat you up.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 11/13/2020

The tree on 17 really isn't in play if you hit good shot. Not great, but good. Its an optical illusion.

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The most playable of the four courses at Kohler

if you're looking for a break from the difficulty of Whistling Straits or the River Course at Blackwolf Run, this may be it. The fairways are more generous, and it's a little more straightforward. But it isn't easy, especially if you don't play the right set of tees. There's also plenty of water hazards on the course. It's also gorgeous and when I played it, in great shape. The greens were very fast, but easier to negotiate and make putts on certainly than the courses at Whistling Straits. Overall, Blackwolf Run is a beautiful facility.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Meadow Valleys back nine doesn’t disappoint

The back nine of the Meadow Valleys is worth the greens fee alone.

Two very different nines await. The front is open with expansive fairways and water to contend with. Then, walking to the tenth tee it is like Pete Dye flipped a light switch. The tee shot requires an accurate long iron through a tunnel of hardwoods. The second shot was maybe my favorite shot on the course. From there, the inward nine flows very well, with more elevation change than the outward nine.

Don’t miss the reclaimed barn that now serves as a restroom near the 12th, 14th and 15th holes. It is really neat.

Also, though Dye notably uses railroad ties on many of his courses, pay attention to many of the cart-path bridges, which are flat-bed railroad cars. Nice touch.

The par-3 17th is another memorable hole. A 160-yardish shot is required from the green tees to a green guarded by a large tree that appears more menacing than it really is. Yet another example of Dye trying to divert your attention from what needs to be focused on.

The closing hole is very demanding. Less than 250 yards is necessary off the tee to avoid hitting into the Sheboygan River. From there, the approach must carry the hazard to a double green shared by the River Course’s finisher. Uniquely, there is an alternate green short and left of the river for golfers playing from the red tees. I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered that in all of my travels.

The patio behind the clubhouse is a great way to finish the day off watching other players conclude their rounds. One of the better post-round spots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Kohler at it's finest

I have been to Blackwolf Run numerous times and it just never gets old pulling into that setting to play golf.
The service is top notch, the practice facility is excellent and the course was in great shape.
Meadow Valleys is "4th" in the pecking order of the four courses that make up Destination Kohler but it does not deserve that moniker. Pete Dye gives you a slight break on the 1st hole but then starts testing you on the 2nd with a longer par 4 with a difficult approach onto an elevated green with little room for error. Throughout the front 9 on the Meadows, you have to escape the usual Pete Dye bunkering and water hazards and then on the back 9, he turns it on by making the same hazards even more treacherous and penal. The last 5 holes are as daunting as they come in this state.
Kohler sets the standard for golf resorts in the state and they still answer the call making it a must visit if you're in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Pete Dye classic need not be overshadowed by the River Course

Pete Dye has always been one of my favorite modern architects. His daring - and sometimes controversial - features and courses have done much to advance golf course design as an art form over the last half-century-plus. Meadow Valleys is true to its name: the front nine occupies open, rolling grasslands and features big, broad bunkers at every turn. The terrain for the back gets bolder, and the confines narrow up, making for an interesting progressive journey.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Fantastic

Played as part of Dye-abolical package so Value is slightly skewed.

Wonderful layout. Slick greens. Great opportunities for risk/reward. Tough and fun. Definitely the easier of the 2 Blackwolf courses (neither are easy).

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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golf channel am tour

played the meadows in a practice round the day before I played it during a tournament, it was in excellent condition and plays far easier than the river course...I had a lot more fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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