The journey has come to an end. I am sad and grateful all at the same time as I look back on our summer. It was truly once in a lifetime to spend it visiting all four of golf’s major championships.
The last stop was in Kohler, Wisconsin for the PGA Championship. We stayed in downtown Milwaukee, just a short hour’s drive to the course. We had a ZipCar named “BouncyCastle” to carry us back and forth.
The transportation experience at the tournament was by far the best of the four. We were able to get right in the onsite, no charge parking lot and walk a few minutes into the course. Once inside, the fan experience wasn’t quite as good. It was well in the 90s and there was no shade on the course. It was also very difficult to get food or water, as lines were very long and the concession stands often ran out before you got to the front.
The golf on the course made up for a lot of the frustration off of it. There was some fantastic play, especially by the eventual winner Jason Day, who looked like he never believed anything else but that he would win the tournament. The course was visually stunning and created lots of exciting shots. A little like Chambers Bay, the grandstands were the best places for viewing the action.
After handling as much heat as I could, we left before the end of competition each day and drove into the village of Kohler (population 2120). We had dinner both nights at the Horse and Plow located inside The American Club. Kohler is a charming little village dominated by the toilet, bath and fixture giant’s headquarters. We had to order the fried cheese curds, which were delicious (after all, they were fried and cheese). The main event was the local brats in beer mac and cheese. It too was very good and we washed it all down with 3 Sheeps beers.
We even saw a few celebrities while eating. Herbert Kohler himself walked through just before Chubby Chandler. After dinner, we took a stroll down to do some window shopping at the Kohler design studio.
So now we leave behind #4majors15 with some wonderful memories and souvenirs. What will we do next….