Who is Whisky Run??

Meet the Whisky Run Family.
Learn about our story, and how everything got started.


Hi, I'm Luke Nieuwland. Golf Shop Manager at Whisky Run Golf Club. The Nieuwland Family – my family – not only bought the land and designed the course, we continue to operate the facility and oversee every facet of the operation. No absentee ownership here. Allow me tell you a little history of Whisky Run.

Whisky Run Golf Club has been Niagara's Friendliest Golf Course since 1989.

In “Golf Course Years,” Whisky Run is a relative youngster. BUT it already has a rich history behind it.

Whisky Run grew in “nines.” The Par-34 Owl nine opened June 30,1989. That was followed by the Par-72 Fox/Serpent nines opening in '92 and '98 respectfully.

The property had been sitting idle for many years, when Lou and Maribeth Nieuwland purchased it in 1984. Getting a permit to build a golf course was not easy. Initially, struggling to get approval but after several Ontario Municipal Board hearings, approval was finally granted in 1988.

Land with a shady-yet-colorful past!

The prior history of the property led to the golf courses' unique name. The Kinsey family, owners of the Lorraine Road lands from 1792, had a fleet of fishing boats during prohibition, and like many others, used the boats for rum running. In fact, according to a relative, one boat was purposely sunk to escape the U.S. Coast Guard. Somewhere, at the bottom of Lorraine Bay, is some well-aged whisky!

Somewhere, at the bottom of Lorraine Bay, lies some well-aged whisky!

While working with the irrigation architects, Lou noticed they’d scribbled, “whisky run” on the blueprints. And the rest, as they say, is history! (#8 on Fox, Nickel’s Glenn, was named after one of the dozer operators at Lou’s insistence!)

Striving To Improve, because history will only take you so far.

In the hospitality business, it’s not about history it’s” ‘What are you going to do for me TODAY?’

Since opening in 1989, the Nieuwland family has undertaken many improvements at Whisky Run. Sand traps were added, trees planted, driveway and parking lot paved.
Clubhouse improvements include kitchen and outdoor decks, and a pavilion built for group outings.

Led by Kevin Nieuwland, the maintenance department continues to improve golf course conditions year after year.
An 18-hole disc golf course was added on the Owl Course, and 2015 saw the addition of an 18-hole foot golf course as well.

Whisky Run Golf Club – New and improved. Always!

Here at Whisky Run we’ve made several additions and improvements to the facilities and the course, like:

  • 2009 - Renovated the clubhouse bar, added full kitchen; launched newly designed website; added GPS to fleet of Club Car riding carts
  • 2010 - Relocated the Golf Shop building adjacent to the clubhouse; moved the forward tees on #1, #4, #6 Serpent to help pace of play
  • 2011 - renovated and overhauled all of the sand traps, adding better drainage and sand
  • 2012 - planted over 100 blue spruce trees on the course; tar and chipped the parking lot; revamped all of the cart paths; added new tee blocks on #7 Fox and #3 Serpent, creating longer distance for the bigger hitters; added 20 brand new electric riding carts
  • 2013 - completed an additional bunker on #5 Serpent; added an 18 hole Disc Golf course on the Owl nine; opened a new practice putting green at Serpent#1
  • 2014 - added a new pond and drainage system to #5 Fox Signature Hole
  • 2015 - Introduced an 18 Hole Foot Golf Course
  • 2016 - added new online interactive League scoring system
  • 2017 - 6 new Craft Beer Draft lines added to The Bootlegger Bistro 
  • 2018 - Completely renovated 3 Tee offs on the Fox Course

It's a Family Affair

When we say we promote a family atmosphere, we mean it! There’s a member of the Nieuwland family in just about every facet of the operation of the course:

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    Lou & Maribeth Nieuwland : the parents, owners and operators 
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    Kevin Nieuwland (Son): Course Superintendent
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    Jessica Dobbs (Daughter): HR & Event Manager
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    Luke Nieuwland (Son): Golf Shop Manager/Chief Creative Officer

Meet the Staff:

Whisky Run Golf Club Lou Nieuwland

Lou Nieuwland


Whisky Run Golf Club Jessica Dobbs

Jessica Dobbs

HR&Event Manager

Whisky Run Golf Club Luke Nieuwland

Luke Nieuwland

Chief Creative Officer

whisky run dot com

Kevin Nieuwland


We’re a fun family to belong to … twice!

There’s the Nieuwland family and the Whisky Run family. A membership will get you into the second family — but you’ll feel like you’re in the first family of Ontario golf!

Join the FAMILY

Membership at Whisky Run

When you think about your recreational activities in terms of money spent, you have to move Whisky Run Golf Club up a few notches. We offer the area’s most-complete, best-priced opportunity for great golf and related activities and we do everything within a fun, family atmosphere.

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    Atmosphere: We’re laid back, fun, relaxed and it’s easy to join up with other players. After all, we’ve been voted “Niagara’s Favourite Golf Course” by Niagara This Week for two years running.
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    Events: There’s always something going on here at Whisky Run. Whether it’s our monthly Club Tournaments, a themed Club Party, our Members Social or the blow-out New Year’s Eve Party. If you’re looking to play some different formats and have a bit of fun then you’ve come to the right place.
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    Value: Membership rates are at a substantial savings when compared to similar courses in the Niagara region.
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