Whisky Run Golf Club has been Niagara's Friendliest Golf Course for 26 years. The par 34 Owl Nine opened June 30,1989; followed by the par 72 Fox/Serpent Nines in '92 and '98.
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 Nine 3 years ago, and 2015 saw the addition of an 18-hole foot golf course as well.