Chris Lutzke, the golf course architect who designed Lansing’s Eagle Eye Golf Course, caught the eye of plumbing industry titan Herb Kohler, who created Destination Kohler Resort in the factory village named for his family north of Milwaukee. Lutzke, for years, worked under acclaimed golf architect Pete Dye who designed four famed courses, including the two Whistling Straits lakefront tracks, at Destination Kohler before Dye’s passing in 2020.

Kohler then enlisted Lutzke to design and craft his newest course – an innovative 10-hole, par-three layout called, appropriately, The Baths beside the resort’s inland Blackwolf Run courses.

“I’ve known Chris for more than 30 years,” said Kohler, 82, at the recent grand opening of The Baths, a course Kohler himself, the multi-billionaire chairman of the Kohler Corporation, participated in fashioning. “Throughout the entire process of building The Baths I marveled at Lutzke’s ability to take ideas I’d throw at him in the drafting room or out walking in the field and bring them to life ‘in the dirt.’”