What to do?

The PGA Championship might be the summer's biggest attraction in Wisconsin, but it's not the only one. Here's our top-10 list of appealing activities for golfers and non-golfers alike in and around the season's final major.


Miller Park in Milwaukee is one of Major League Baseball's most entertaining places to take in a game.

By Todd Wagner, Director of Instruction, Kohler Golf Academy

KOHLER, Wis. – Traveling to Kohler to experience the 92nd PGA Championship? You’re going to love it, and not just for the golf and the scenery – both of which promise to be top notch.  But I promise, there is more to do here than just watch the world’s best players on one of the world’s best courses. This region is rich in history, culture and entertainment, and you should make the most of your time here and enjoy as many of our attractions as you can (but don’t miss the golf!). 

To help our visitors this week, I’ve created a list of items that may help you enjoy your stay with us a little bit more.

1. PGA Championship History Exhibit
If you aren’t all too familiar with the enthralling history of the PGA Championship, this exhibit is your chance to explore the wonders of the season’s final major.  A traveling display that features exclusive artifacts and memorabilia, the exhibit holds everything from Jack Nicklaus’ personal wedge to Y.E. Yang’s legendary hybrid that sealed his 2009 PGA Championship win. The exhibit, located at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler, will be open daily from noon to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week of the PGA Championship.

2. Lambeau Field
Home of the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field was ranked the No. 1 in stadium experience in all of professional sports in ESPN The Magazine's 2009 Ultimate Standings.  After undergoing some remodeling in 2003, the field has been transformed from more than an extravagant football stadium, but now one of the most popular tourist spots in the state of Wisconsin.  The Packers play a home game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.  Lambeau Field is a great destination location for the entire family to experience one of the many great sports facilities the state of Wisconsin has to offer.

3. Road America
Near beautiful Elkhart Lake, Road America has been hosting races since the 1950s. It currently holds over 400 events yearly including the SCCA Speed World Challenge Series and the AMA Superbike series.  On June 19th, Road America held its first NASCAR race when the Nationwide series took to the track.  The venue offers its guests open seating, allowing visitors to venture all around the grounds.  Road America is one of only a few road circuits in the whole world maintaining its original design.  The course runs just over 4 miles and is designed for a day full of adventure and excitement for the whole family.

4. Miller Park
Home of the Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park is one of the largest construction projects in Wisconsin history.  The park, completed in 2001, features The U.S.’s only fan-shaped convertible roof, which can open and close in less than 10 minutes.  Because of all of its attractions, Sports Illustrated readers rated Miller Park the best ballpark based on value per dollar spent in 2005.  Miller Park is also known for its famous “Sausage Race” that plays out each game during the middle of the sixth inning.  The current "racing sausages" are the bratwurst, the Italian, the chorizo, the Polish, and the hot dog.  Miller Park is a must-see for any sports fan and is guaranteed to entertain.

5. Kohler Andrae State Park
There is no better place to explore the beautiful nature of Wisconsin than in Kohler Andrae State Park located in the charming town of Wilson. The attraction consists of two adjoining parks: Terry Andrae State Park, established in 1927, and John Michael Kohler State Park, established in 1966, which total around 988 acres.  The park consists of everything from miles of beaches and sand dunes to majestic wetlands that protect threatened plants.  The park also offers a variety of activities and visitors often find themselves fishing their days away or boating until the sun sets over the water.  Kohler Andrae State Park is a sight to be taken in and must-see for anyone visiting the fine state of Wisconsin.

6. John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Nestled in the heart of Sheboygan, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is home to gorgeous exhibits as well as multi-talented performers.  The museum hosts several wonderful art exhibits all at one time and has everything imagine that an art lover would want.  Paintings and sculptures not your thing?  No problem; the museum holds performances and plays films of a vast multitude catering to everyone’s artistic wants,  The museum also hosts birthday parties as well as festivals and even offers classes for those wanting to learn more about the world of art.  The museum is culturally fulfilling in more ways than one and visitors are always welcomed with open arms.

7. Riverfront and Boardwalk
Walking along the Riverfront on the Boardwalk in Sheboygan is an absolute must for any sightseer entering the charming city.  The Boardwalk offers everything from local artist displaying their new masterpieces, to quaint restaurants ready to serve up their newest meals.  You can even get a little shopping done in the quaint boutiques that Sheboygan has to offer, located right by the Riverfront.  Brochures are available and visitors an pick and choose where they’d like to stop and soak in the local culture.  Make sure to take some time to watch the enticing sunset while the fishing boats sail across Lake Michigan.

8. Kohler Design Center
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do while at the PGA Championship?  The Kohler Design Center in Kohler offers an interesting tour of kitchen and bath products, designer rooms, and luxury furniture.  Sitting at three stories, the complex tells the story of Kohler’s history over the years and is of interest to anyone with a passion for exploring something new.  The basement is the history of the Kohler Company and bathroom designs in general, while the main floor is a lot of individual pieces and the famous ”Wall of Toilets.”  Finally on the top floor, you’ll find designed kitchens and bathrooms that will take your breath away.  The best part?  You can browse everything this fascinating center has to offer, all for free.

9. Wisconsin State Fair
Located in West Allis, the Wisconsin State fair takes place for eleven days each summer and this year will mark the 159th time of the historic event. With everything from top-notch concerts to activities for people of all ages, the fair is a unique experience for every individual.  You can partake in the several contests the fair hosts annually, or simply just sit back and enjoy all the great local amenities the fair is sure to offer. Over 900,000 people visit the fair yearly so don’t miss your chance to attend this once a year event!  The fair begins Aug. 5 and lasts until the 15th.

10. 3 Mo’ Tenors Concert at Kohler Ravine Park
If you’re looking for a show that’ll have you on the edge of your seats, the 3 Mo’ Tenors Concert is just the right one!  A celebration under the stars, the concert will feature the men who have mastered not only operatic music, but also jazz, gospel, soul, spirituals, New School, Broadway, and the blues as well.  Besides the main event, be prepared to sample some of Kohler’s finest cuisine, with brats right off the grill and delectable burgers that’ll leave you wanting more.  Get ready for a night of fun and bring your best lawn chairs and blankets to soak in the music.  The concert gets under way at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, and admission is free for all.