BREEZY POINT — Whitebirch Inc., the parent company of Breezy Point Resort, recently confirmed its entry into a purchase agreement for Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course.
The Arnold Palmer designed course, named after Palmer’s father, will be the fourth 18-hole course owned and operated by Whitebirch. Whitebirch’s other golf courses are Breezy Point Resort’s Traditional and Whitebirch Championship golf courses and Forest Hills Resort’s golf course in Detroit Lakes.
Initial planning for the course began in 1997 with Palmer’s golf course consulting group, Palmer Design, leading the layout of the course on the 450-acre property. Deacon’s Lodge opened on May 31, 1999. Capitalizing on the surrounding lakes and wetlands, the design and building phases incorporated the rolling, heavily wooded terrain into the plan with a minimum of earth moving. The clubhouse, home to Palmer’s Grill, was designed to blend with the surrounding landscape.
Deacon’s Lodge was developed and owned by an investor group, Sienna Corp. Its operations were previously managed by Grand View Lodge.
Deacon’s Lodge, near Breezy Point Resort, has been a favorite in golfing circles since its inception, Whitebirch reported.
“We’re definitely excited about the addition of Deacon’s Lodge to our golf offerings,” Bob Spizzo, Whitebirch CEO, said in a news release. “The beauty alone is worth a visit. Deacon’s fits in perfectly with our business plan and capitalizes on the variety of golfing options for our guests. As rumors about the purchase spread, we’ve been inundated with enthusiastic calls asking for more details on the resort’s plans for the course. Over the coming winter, we’ll be developing attractive packages to incorporate Deacon’s into the Breezy Point Resort golf experience. The outlook for golf at Breezy Point Resort is certainly bright.”
Whitebirch Inc. is a privately held Minnesota corporation. Subsidiaries include Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, Mille Lacs Island Resort in Wahkon, and Forest Hills Resort in Detroit Lakes, and Breezy Point Sports.