Venue Spotlight: American Club & Whistling Straights

May 24, 2018 | Milwaukee Venue Photographs

Venue Spotlight: Destination Kohler – American Club & Whistling Straights

The American Club and Whistling Straights, both brought to you by Destination Kohler, offer companies two very different but equally wonderful options for hosting events in the Kohler area. The American Club, nestled in the charming Village of Kohler and Whistling Straits, on the shore of Lake Michigan, offers guests elegant indoor and outdoor settings designed for unforgettable experiences.

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The Team

We have always had an amazing working relationship with the events team at Destination Kohler. Their commitment to quality and service is unparalleled in the state. We always wondered how they pulled it off and were excited to have the chance to sit down with Elise Ariens to hear more about how they approach the process of planning and event with their clients.

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Elise Ariens:

Favorite Adult Beverage: White Claw – raspberry or grapefruit; vodka lemonade.

Favorite Junk Food: Sour Cream and Cheddar Ruffles or Peanut Butter M&M’s.

Favorite Animal: Dogs (puppies!)

Professional History: I was a corporate event manager in Chicago. My family is in Green Bay and I wanted to get closer to home.

Favorite historical fact about American Club: It was originally built for immigrants working for Kohler. They wanted to give workers a great place to stay if they were coming all the way up to Kohler to work.  They built it complete with a bowling alley and laundry!

Favorite dish on the menu: Wild Salmon Fillet with wild rice and asparagus. Also, amazing chocolate ornament surrounding carrot cake and sorbet.american club

Why Do Companies Choose The American Club?

  • Classic
  • Family heritage
  • Generational significance
  • It’s breathtaking

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Why Do Companies Choose Whistling Straits?

  • Rustic barn feel
  • Amazing golf course
  • Famous for the PGA Tournament
  • Scottish vibe

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What are some fabulous features companies may not know about?

  • 5 Diamond Staff
  • Kohler plumbing everywhere
  • Attention to detail at every level
  • We’ve already thought of everything!

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What kind of in-house services do you offer?

  • Floral
  • Catering
  • Lodging
  • Cake

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What is your favorite thing about corporate events at the American Club?

I’ve seen such a wide variety of events here and they each have their own character. We love helping companies transform the space to their vision through drapery, lighting, chairs, and linens. Our Event Manager works with corporate planning teams to detail the look and feel of the decor. It’s nice to have Monday through Friday corporate events to keep our robust corporate sales team busy!

Our space has a presence. When guests attend an event here, they feel special just driving up to the building. A stay here is a date people circle on their calendar. Being able to offer corporate golf outings at Whistling Straits is like the cherry on a very luxurious sundae!

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What do companies forget about when planning an event?

It’s amazing how often companies put off reserving a room block right away to make sure they can stay on property the night of the event. I’m sure there are a lot of factors that go into those decisions, but even reserving a small block right away is a really good idea. Most times guests are traveling from quite a distance and it is almost inevitable that they will be staying somewhere in town. We also have a wide range of properties to target a number of budgets!

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The Details

The American Club and Whistling Straights are both located in Kohler, WI which is about 60 miles north of Milwaukee. They are part of the Destination Kohler group.

  • At American Club, the Great Bay Ballroom can hold up to 100 people
  • At American Club, the Grand Hall of Great Lakes can hold 175-450 people
  • At Whistling Straights the Irish Barn can hold up to 120 people.

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Contact the team by calling 855-444-2838

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Learn More!

You can always contact the Front Room Studios team to learn more about events at The American Club and Whistling Straights or our commercial photography and videography.

Call us 414.294.0080

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