Willow Brook Golf Course

Always open to learning and improving!

Make Your Mark Campaign

Whitewater Chamber highlights members in our Make Your Mark campaign. We’ll feature businesses throughout the year that have impacted Whitewater in big or small ways.

Interviewee: Nicholas Lesar and Leif Knudsen, Owners of Willow Brook Golf Course

Interviewer: Whitewater Chamber

Willow Brook Golf Course

Always open to learning and improving!

1. What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?

Our beautiful 9-hole golf course was originally built in 1934, a private course named Whitewater Country Club. In 2018, we took over renaming it Willow Brook Golf Course which is open to public for both golf and dining.

2. What do you see as the key to your success?

We believe the key to our success is to always be open to learning and improving! We came into this with no experience on “this side” of the golf course and have continued to learn and strive along the way to best succeed.

3. What motivates you?

Our customers continued support and the business as a whole striving is what keeps us motivated! We continue to work to provide the best for our customers both out on the course and in the clubhouse.

4. What advice would you give a new business owner?

If we were to offer advice to a new business owner, we would say be open to advice and just stick with it! You will have tough and trying moments, just don’t give up, and lean on others for help – it truly takes a village!

5. How does Willow Brook support the Whitewater community and how does the community support Willow Brook?

We support many local community clubs, organizations and members in various ways. We offer a good meeting spot for all to enjoy, whether out golfing or dinning inside. Our Junior golf program allows the youth in our area to learn a new sport in which they can play for years. We also have numerous leagues (women’s, men’s, company’s, etc.) that allow local community members/businesses the chance to gather for golf and dinner. Our beautiful venue is also available to host events for up to 125 people. We appreciate the community’s support and enjoy being able to be a place for them to come to!

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