• by Kirk Gaw

49 Years Swan Lake Resort Entertains Walkerton Area Even In Winter

One day Roy Swanson a local poultry farmer located on the Plymouth - LaPorte Trail between Walkerton and Plymouth struck up a conversation with a friend from Illinois about practicing golf in his yard. The fellow had recently installed some fairway greens and holes on his unused property. Always intrigued by new ideas, Roy was inspired to contact Al Humphrey, a local golf architect, and soon three holes for the family grew into a 9-hole, Par 3 eventually culminating into two 18-hole courses.

That 1969 weekend when Swan Lake was born Roy Swanson had the specific intent to serve golfers. It is 500 acres of nestled, scenic countryside between US 30 and the historic Plymouth-LaPorte Trail once a trade route for the local Native Americans. It is a wedge of acclaimed design only 3 miles from Plymouth and 6 miles from Walkerton. They have been honored time and again by the PGA, and the National Golf Course Owners Association as a finalist for Golf Course of The Year. It is also considered one of the best courses in the State of Indiana.

Today, you will find snow and wildlife covering the courses and fairways. But that doesn't prevent the hotel from accomodating you or your guest year round? You will also have the opportunity to stay at one of their many rustic log cabin's or cottages? The resort includes a large heated indoor swimming pool for the cold season. So, being in the water is not out of the question for a place named for a lake and a swan.

The founders of "Holiday Rambler Corporation," Richard and Pauline Klingler, did a good job with the resort when they bought it in 2000. They built the new hotel complete with the conference center / banquet facility. Included is Dickie's Restaurant, and Putter's Bar & Grill located on different areas of the hotel grounds. The Indiana countryside known for quaint American menu's is a world apart from the tireless bustle of the big midwestern cities. Especially, here in Northern Indiana where the casual fashions of the region provides a laid-back style so you can "Stay and Play." Dickies Restaurant offers fireside dining and weekend entertainment with special events to suit your relaxing time! If you are to get snowed in anywhere this is the place to be?

Recently, with the addition of Chef Jack Godwin the resort team has redeveloped their menu so that it includes updated dishes to satisfy their hungry diners. No more Tuesday Night Burger Night a longtime tradition. Instead customers are offered a contemporary menu fashioned to the countryside of Marshall County. Pork Belly, Brisket Taco's, and Pulled Pork Poutine are great for a snack. For a dinner plate order Baby Back Ribs, Spicy Chicken Pizza, or Marinated Shrimp With Jalapeno Cheddar Grit Cake. They even offer local microbrews from Koontz Lake Brewing Company!

The centerpiece of the resort conference center is the Grand Ballroom with over 10,000 sq.ft. It can be divided into three separate rooms for groups of 8-240 or more. It is perfect for a convention or special event? It is a special place to create memories. You can reach Swan Lake Resort by finding them online at: This place really is the ultimate experience in the Walkerton countryside.

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