Local Golf Professional named 2014 PGA Merchandiser of the Year

Plymouth, IN - Chad Hutsell, PGA Head Golf Professional at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, IN, has been named the recipient of the 2014 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award for Resort Facilities in the State of Indiana.  This is his second nomination and first time winning the award.  It is also the 3rd time in the last 8 years that Swan Lake Resort has garnered this honor.

Hutsell joined Swan Lake Resort as the PGA Head Golf Professional in January of 2012. Past experiences that have molded Chad’s merchandising background include stops at Highland Golf & Country Club (Indianapolis, IN), Plymouth Country Club (Plymouth, IN) and The Course at Aberdeen (Valparaiso, IN). 

In his current role, the Brownsburg, IN native along with the PGA Professional Team of Brian Natzel, PGA (Director of Instruction), Clint Miller, PGA (Assistant Golf Professional) and Matt Hovermale, PGA (Assistant General Manager) ensures that the retail business at the facility lead the industry in terms of service levels, aesthetics, product offerings, guest experience, recognition and profitability.
“Our philosophy is derived from a team of golf professionals around the two themes of the customer experience and facility sales and profit goals.” Says Hutsell. “Our emphasis is providing the best possible guest experience by first selecting service and hospitality oriented personnel for the Golf Shop and Academy and providing them the training and tools to assist customers in a knowledgeable and timely manner.  Then we analyze, observe, ask and listen to determine the correct product mix that appeals to our guests.  We select vendors that provide the quality products that fit our needs at prices that are good for our guests and for our bottom line.”

This award nominates Hutsell and Swan Lake Resort for the National Merchandiser of the Year award to be presented at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL
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Couple's 9 Wine and Dine September 14

Posted on August 30, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Join us Saturday, September 14th 2013 for a 5:30 Shotgun Start.  Open to all member and non-member couples players.  The format is a 2-persons Scramble.

A three course meal with wine pairings after golf at approximately 8:00 p.m.

  • Entry Fee Members- $84 per couple
  • Entry Fee Non-members- $98 per couple

Includes Golf Fees, Prizes for Golf Shop Credit, Proximities, Wine Tasting and Dinner.

Sign up in the Swan Lake Golf Shop or call Chad Hutsell at 574-936-9798 for reservations.


Couple's Stay and Play Events in June and August

Posted on June 6, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Join this 2 round, 2 night event for designed for couples to spend an enjoyable stay with a little competition and mostly social fun.  This event is offered twice in 2013: June 30 through July 2 AND August 25 through 27. Day 1 is an alternate shot and Day 2 is a scramble. Event includes a welcome reception, Big Break Style Contest, golf fees, lodging, lunch, dinner and prizes. Entry fee is $614 per couple (does not include tax and gratuities). The agenda includes:

  • Day 1 Sunday 6-30-13: Arrival.  Optional Practice Round, Welcome Reception and Optional Dinner
  • Day 2 Monday 7-1-13:
    • Breakfast in Restaurant
    • Round One: 8:30am Silver Course
    • Big Break Style Contests 4:30
    • Dinner at 7:30pm, The Gallery
    • Entertainment
  • Day 3 Tuesday 7-2-13:
    • Breakfast in Restaurant
    • Round Two: 8:30 Black Course
    • Lunch and Awards Presentation after round in Grill

Contact Chad Hutsell at 574.936.9798 for more information.


Donations will support families of military service members disabled or killed in the line of duty

 (Plymouth, IN) – Swan Lake Resort invites all area golfers to its Inaugural Patriot Golf Day Outing on July 6, 2013. All proceeds of this 18-hole outing will benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military servicemen and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Enter as an individual or get a foursome together!  For $100 per player, participants get a day of great golf on the Silver Course at Swan Lake, followed by dinner and live entertainment in the Gallery. Raffles and silent auction items will also be available, and a color guard ceremony and a special tribute to veterans will celebrate their service. Event sponsors are also encouraged to participate. Suggested sponsorship opportunities begin at the $75 Patriot level and top off at the $600 Medal of Honor level. “This is a great way for the golf industry to help the families of those who have lost their lives or have been injured so that we may have our freedom,” said Chad Hutsell, Head Golf Professional at Swan Lake Resort.  “It’s a wonderful opportunity for golfers in our community to give back to those who have given everything.” Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 Fighter Pilot, PGA Professional and USGA member, founded Folds of Honor in 2007. A decorated military pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Major Rooney served 3 combat tours in Iraq. After his 2nd tour, while a passenger on a commercial flight, Major Rooney witnessed an event that changed his life. When the plane had reached its destination, the pilot announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have an American hero on board – Corporal Brock Bucklin. And his twin brother, Corporal Brad Bucklin, is accompanying him home from Iraq. As a sign of respect, please remain seated while Corporal Bucklin’s family receives him in his final homecoming.” Major Rooney watched through the window of the plane as the flag-draped casket was lowered. He saw a family waiting for Brock, and a little four-year old boy waiting for his father. This tragic homecoming inspired Major Rooney to create the Folds of Honor Foundation. The Folds of Honor Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled in the line of duty. Patriot Golf Day is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation and is jointly supported by PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. In the last 6 years, PGA Professionals have helped raise more than $8.6 million by hosting Patriot Golf Day events at their facilities. Individuals and companies interested in contributing to the Folds of Honor Foundation and those applying for scholarships should visit Patriot Day is just one of many fun golf events happening at Swan Lake Resort this summer. Other upcoming events include: Golf Equipment Demo Day (June 8), Family Golf Nights on Wednesdays (June 5 – September 23), Couple’s 9 Wine & Dine Events (June 29th and September 14th), Couple’s Stay and Play Event (June 30th through July 2), and Swan Lake Night Golf (August 17th). Get Ready Golf Clinics are offered periodically through July 21st: call the Pro Shop for more information at 574-936-9098. Swan Lake Resort is located just off State Road 30 with easy access from U. S. 31. Swan Lake. The Ultimate Experience. Resort with Golf, Conference, Restaurant, Hotel, Villas, Cabins and Cottages.


Get Ready Golf Clinics

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Get Golf Ready Clinics have begun!  There is still time to sign up for a series of 5 lessons including 1 playing lesson for fun or competition.  This series is designed for new golfers, beginners or lapsed golfers wanting to get more involved in the game of golf.  These lessons are educational, fun, affordable and simple instruction about the fundamentals of the game, rules of the game, and enjoyment.  The cost is only $99 for all sessions. Dates:

  • May 5, 3:00 to 4:30PM
  • May 19, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
  • June 2, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
  • June 23, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
  • July 7, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
  • July 21 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Contact Brian Natzel, Director of Instruction at 800-935-5616.  


June 8th - Golf Demo Day

Posted on May 10, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

On Saturday June 8th, from 12:00 to 4:00pm, multiple vendors will be participating in an opportunity for guests of our community to try out golf equipment and enjoy the day.  Music and beverage cart will be on hand. For more information, contact Brian Natzel at 800.935.5616.


Swan Lake Announces PGA Junior League

Posted on April 11, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

PGA Junior League Golf (PGA JLG) features a team- vs-team scramble format in a structured league setting that provides for a more popular, less stressful, competition. The emphasis is on the fun, recreation, and sportsmanship of the game for players at any skill level. Where every participant gets the chance to play, join our team today.

Please visit the link below where we will be adding additional information soon!  Welcome, we are all excited about the Junior League and can not wait to see you here!

Learn more and sign up today!


SLR Golf Course Now Open!

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

As of this week, Swan Lake Golf courses are now open.  Learn more about the following to prepare for the new golf season:


Swan Lake Resort Golf Show Appearances

Posted on January 13, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Swan Lake Resort announces their 2013 golf show schedule. They will appear at the following shows to promote the 2013 Ultimate Golf Experience season promotions. They are also featuring their GroupEZ Golf Event Management Software and Services that will literally free up hours of time for Group Leaders of stay and play golf events. Features of this software include:

  • Format personalized scorecards and cart signs
  • Post gross and net skins results
  • Count putts
  • Create alpha, pairing, results sheets
  • Generate DOTTED scorecards for 2, 3 and 4 man teams based on handicaps

The promotions featured at these shows will be the following: Buy 3 Get 1 Free Stay-n-Play Bring four golfers on a Stay-n-Play package to Swan Lake Resort and only pay for three golfers. Buy 3 Individual Rounds Get 4th Free Buy 3 Rounds of golf with cart and get 1 free Round of golf with cart. To qualify for this special pricing you must book your reservation by designated golf show deadlines and you must utilize special show coupon codes offered at our booth at each of the following shows: February 8-10, 2013  |  Western Michigan Golf Show, Grand Rapids February 8-10, 2013  |  Tinley Park Golf Show, Chicago February 15-17, 2013  |  Motor City Golf Show, Detroit February 22-24, 2013  |  Chicago Golf Show, Rosemont March 9-10, 2013  |  Northern Indiana Golf Show, Fort Wayne Otherwise you must call in to (800) 935-5616 and make your reservations by March 4th, 2013. Contact Chad Hutsell, Head Golf Professional at if you have any questions or visit to learn more.


Swan Lake Resort 2013 Golf Season Promotions

Posted on January 11, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Swan Lake Resort announces their 2013 Golf Season Promotions.  These promotions are priced competitively to engage individual golfers and golf groups in multiple day or stay and play visits. The two promotions are as follows and you can learn more at Buy 3 Get 1 Free Stay-n-Play Bring four golfers on a Stay-n-Play package to Swan Lake Resort and only pay for three golfers.  To qualify for this special show pricing you must book your reservation with Coupon Code: UGESP101. Call 1-800-935-5616 to book your Stay-n-Play package. Reservations and deposits must be made by 12:00 AM EST Monday March 4, 2013 based on availability. All Stay-N-Play Packages must be completed no later than October 27, 2013 or they will be forfeited. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buy 3 Individual Rounds Get 4th Free Buy 3 Rounds of golf with cart and get 1 free Round of golf with cart. To qualify for this show special you must reserve your certificate with Coupon Code: UGERD102. Call 1-800-935-5616 to book your Individual Rounds. All certificates must be purchased by 12:00 AM EST Monday March 4, 2013 based on availability. Tee time reservations can only be made two weeks in advance of day of play and all rounds must be completed no later than October 27, 2013 or they will be forfeited. Contact Swan Lake Resort's Golf Professionals: Chad Hutsell, Clint Miller or Brian Natzel for more information. Extended deadlines are available for these offers if you attend designated golf shows with coupons deadlines extending past 3/4/13.