Lake Lawn Resort Closes After 132 Years
Thursday, 09 December 2010 18:44


The Delavan, Wisconsin Lake Lawn Resort has closed after 132 years. Touting itself as the longest continously opened resort in Wisconsin, Lake Lawn succumbed to the economy and was forclosed on December 7, 2010.

From their website :

On behalf of the Associates of Lake Lawn Resort, we regretfully are announcing that Lake Lawn Resort will be closing its doors, effective Tuesday, December 7, 2010. We thank all of our past guests for your continued support and loyalty.

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According to outgoing General Manager Pete Zellmer:

"It's the longest continually run resort in Wisconsin," Zellmer said. The resort's 250 employees make it the third largest employer in the city. "It's a sad time for the community, and it's a difficult and challenging time for my associates. This time of year with the holidays coming up and the uncertainty of the job market."

The City of Delavan is holding out hope that the resort will re-open in April, 2011, but if not, they will be impacted by reduced revenues of $600 - 700,000.

The golf course, one of the oldest in the state of Wisconsin first opened in 1925. From :

Lake Lawn's championship golf course - is one of the Midwest's premier golf destinations. Set amid 275 lush, tree-lined acres, the course was masterfully re-engineered in 1990 by renowned architect Dick Nugent, and is best known for its stately oaks, deep sand bunkers and subtle undulations. Each hole is set with multiple tee boxes for players of all abilities. Lake Lawn's greens are often the topic of conversation in the 19th hole because of their undulation and many tiers.