Whitefish Lake Golf Club combines an outstanding eighteen-hole golf course, a premier event center, and phenomenal dining experiences into one memorable destination.
Whitefish Lake’s History
2015: Whitefish Lake Golf Club reopens under new management and with a full grounds crew.
2003: In April, we opened the Whitefish Bar & Grill and the Loon’s Nest Banquet Center. The pro shop, snack area, and restaurant were also officially opened. The building was designed by M.C. Smith of Grand Rapids with a Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie-style look.
2001: On July 11, the eleven-year-old clubhouse burned down. The pavilion was used as a temporary clubhouse, and the golf course did business as usual. In fact, there was a 180-person golf outing only nine days later.
1998: On May 31, the “Big Storm” took down 254 trees, several covering two greens. The electricity was out for a week, but some golf outings still took place! Cleanup after this storm took months. In the spring, a new 100’ x 42’ cart storage pavilion was built. This project also included exposed-aggregate stone cart paths around the pavilion and the clubhouse, as well as a blacktop parking area.
1996: In April we opened the new eighteen-hole golf course with a different layout and numbers, along with a new scorecard.
1995: We completed our eighteen-hole course. Our signature hole fourteen, called the Garden of Allah, retains the original lily pond and fountain in front of the green, a figure-eight pond with two fountains in the back of the green, and a unique stone stairway beside the green that leads down into a grotto area with a fountain, flowers, and stone benches. The original sundial is beside the plaque that gives a brief history of the garden.
1994: We began construction of the next phase, the expansion and renovation to eighteen holes.
1990: A new clubhouse was opened in another location on Bass Lake Road. On July 5, we renumbered our eleven-hole golf course. Golfers loved the extra two holes for the price of nine. They could keep score on only their best nine holes!
1988: The club hired architect Jerry Matthews to design a three-phase master plan. Three new holes and a practice range were built.
1966: The Pierce family acquired the course and hired a golf pro to run the operation. The four Pierce children all worked at the course.
1960s: The course was rebuilt with a small cement block clubhouse built in a different location (it is now our half house).
1940s: The course went to seed during WWII.
1920s: Whitefish Lake Golf Club was built as a private country club with a small clubhouse overlooking Spring Pond.