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.
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.
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!
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!)
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.
Here at Whisky Run we’ve made several additions and improvements to the facilities and the course, like:
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:
Chief Creative Officer
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!
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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