Kohler Co. has adopted a balanced, minimalist approach for its proposed golf course in the City of Sheboygan, focusing on a design that allows the land to breathe by removing invasive species, protects wetland and embraces the site’s natural character. The approach also limits the amount of property needed for an easement on state land to just a few acres now used for maintenance operations and not routinely accessed by the public, and does not impact state property west of the Black River.


  • Wetland preservation: Only a small amount of wetland – 3.69 acres – would be impacted by the golf course, and there will be no impact to rare interdunal wetland. In addition, Kohler Co. is offering a wetland mitigation plan to restore and enhance additional ridge and swale wetland in the same watershed as the project.

  • Limited impact to state land: The proposal calls for an entry road and maintenance building on approximately 4 acres of state land in the Kohler-Andrae State Park – an area already used by the park for a maintenance facility and operations. This part of the park is not normally accessed by the public, and the easement would follow a route similar to the one approved for a previous development proposal. Public areas of the state park would not be impacted.

  • Natural methods preferred: The course will be designed to require minimal maintenance, and the company will use natural methods for controlling invasive species whenever possible. Kohler Co. has a proven record of best management practices regarding use of approved pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on its golf courses and its courses have never been cited with an environmental violation.

  • Removal of invasive species: Sound land management principles will feature the removal of invasive species, including the predominant Japanese barberry – a thorny tangle that makes portions of this land impenetrable and whose removal will allow the land to breathe.

  • Adoption of green building standards: Clubhouse plans call for environmentally sensitive design standards to achieve eligibility for LEED green building certification.

  • Expanded public access: For decades, access to the property was limited to a handful of local residents with special permission from Kohler Co. But, like the company’s four other award-winning golf courses, this course would transform Kohler Co.’s private property into a public golf course with a realistic chance of it being considered among the top 50 in the world.