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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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Valentine's Day at Swan Lake Resort

Posted on January 20, 2014 by SLRadmin

Join us at Dickies at Swan Lake Resort on Valentine's Day as Chef Zach Lucchese and his team prepares an elegant three course meal for you and your Valentine.  

Cost:  $30 (tax and tip not included) per person.

The menu will include:

1st Course - Soup, Salad and Appetizers (Choose One)

  • Heirloom Spinach Salad 
    with Pears, Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Bacon Vinaigrette
  • Smoked Tomato Basil Bisque
    with Charred Corn Salsa
  • Salmon Cakes
    with Sweet Corn Puree, Red Curry Aioli, Cilantro and Chili
  • Shrimp Cocktail 
    with Horseradish Cocktail Sauce and Lemon
  • Baked Goat Cheese 
    with Basil-Tomato Sauce, Arugula and Toasted Artisan Bread

2nd Course - Entree (Choose One)

  • 10oz. New York Strip and Pomme Frites
    Rosemary, Cajun Cream Sauce, Pomme Frites, Sea Salt, Truffle Essence and Onion Rings
  • Thai Barbeque Chicken
    Pomegranate Barbecue Glazed Airline Chicken Breast, Coconut Risotto and Apricot-Peach Chutney
  • Almond Crusted Trout
    Lemon Caper Buerre Blanc, Cherry Tomato Panzenella and Tuscan Cannellini Beans

3rd Course - Dessert (Choose One)

  • Strawberry Tiramisu
  • Fresh Berries with Zabione
  • Assorted Gelato's

Drink Specials will also be available.

Reservations can be made by calling 800.935.5616 x742.  Want to make a night of it?  Rooms are available for $109 + tax.  This includes a Deluxe Continental Breakfast for two on Saturday Morning.  We look forward to having you join us on Valentine's Day at Swan Lake Resort.


Rhinestones and Blue Jeans New Year's Eve Bash

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Put on your best Blue Jeans and rock the night away with Crossroads Band as we ring in the New Year. 

Date : Tuesday, December 31
Location:  The Grand Ballroom

Times :

7:00pm-9:00pm        Country Style Buffet
9:00pm-1:00am        Music of Crossroads Band

Pricing (Includes Tax, Tip and Soft Drinks) :

  • $25 per person for Early Reservation
  • $30 per person at the Door
  • $15 per person after 9 PM (Food not included)

Country Style Buffet Menu Includes :

  • Garden Salad
  • Pot Roast with Baby Carrots
  • Chicken & Dumplings
  • Mashed Cheddar Potatoes
  • Green Beans with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Cash Bar open until 1:00am

Photo Booth

Champagne Toast at Midnight

Want to stay the night with us? We have you covered. Hotel Rooms are available for $109+tax and include two Deluxe Continental Breakfasts on New Year's Morning.

Reservations can be made by calling :

800-935-5616 (x765)


New Weekly Drink and Food Specials at Dickie's

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Announcing Dickie's New Weekly Drink and Food Specials Sunday

  • Bloody Marys $5, Mimosas $5, Domestic Buckets $10
  • 1/2 off Appetizers


  • 6-pack Mix & Match Micros $13, Domestic Drafts $2
  • 14" Cheese Pizza $8 ($1.25 for each additional topping)


  • Cheeseburgers $5 ($.75 for each additional topping)


  • Well Drinks $4
  • Wings $.50 each (Choice BBQ, Hot Sauce or Honey Mustard)


  • 34oz Domestic Drafts $4, Domestic Pitchers $7


  • Micro / Import Pints $3.75
  • Weekend Kitchen Features


  • Journeymen Cocktails $5
  • Weekend Kitchen Features



Steve Foresman Performs & Hosts Singer Songwriter Nights at SLR

Posted on September 1, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Steve Foresman plays a mixture of rock, folk, classic country, and rhythm & blues. He mixes a few original songs from the Foresman songbook, along with interpretations of artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, and the Beatles. His impeccable vocal style and his striking guitar technique are immediately recognizable. Whether he’s wailing out a full-tilt rocker on his electric guitar or singing a moody ballad with that patented velvet baritone, no one delivers from the stage quite like Steve. Steve has been fortunate enough to open for The Doobie Brothers, Heart, The Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon & STYX. Playing over 100 shows a year for over 15 years, Steve Foresman is a Michiana favorite. His high energy show is a perfect fit for clubs, festivals, theaters or private events. In addition to his own exclusive performances, Steve also hosts our Singer Songwriter Open Mic nights at Swan Lake.  He invites local talent who he has relationships with to keep you entertained.  If you care to take the stage, just let him know!


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.


Dueling Pianos Will Have Multiple Appearances at SLR

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

If you enjoyed the Piano Wars on April 5th, join us September 6th and November 8th at 9:00PM for the Piano Wars. Dueling Pianos is a high-energy entertainment concept in the piano bar style. Two performers at two pianos take turns singing and playing songs as requested by members of the audience. Diverse styles of music from all decades are used to engage the audience, making dueling pianos great for all ages and events. Audience participation abounds, with sing-along, dancing, call-downs, song battles & showtimes. Led by Entertainment Director Dave Caruso. Dueling Pianos is nationally touring entertainment company that delivers a quality alternative to generic dueling pianos in a high-energy, audience-centered entertainment format that's packed with participation. Its two master entertainers offer up diverse styles of music and fun, all revolving around you and your favorite music. As seen at the Hollywood Casino, The MGM Grand, The Palace of Auburn Hills, The Soaring Eagle, The Grand Hotel at Mackinac, and The Henry Ford this event is sure to please. No cover charge.  Event will take place in Dickie's Restaurant.  Call 800.935.5616 for questions.


The Prairie Dogs Appear at Swan Lake Resort

Posted on July 4, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Just Old Dogs Learning Old Songs

Plymouth's own Prairie Dogs play everything from Croce, Young, Eagles, Beatles and Prine to Buffett. Band members include Bob Snare, Gene Ley and Dan Ley. Bob has played many years in the Chicago area with a song that did make it to the radio called "Lonely Haze" for a short time. Gene has played for many years everywhere from Indiana to Chicago to Michigan and who knows where else? He's been a part of many bands like "After Dark" and "Grand Army Highway" along with many others. Dan is a fine bass player who also plays guitar and also has been a part of many bands. Together, they are all out just to have fun entertaining and have a few laughs with the audience. See their upcoming performances at Swan Lake Resort.


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.


Swan Lake Resort Annual Beer Blast June 22

Posted on June 5, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Taste Indiana Craft Beers at Swan Lake’s Beer Blast

The evening events features grilled brats, craft beers, and acoustic entertainment

Plymouth, Indiana. - If you love finely crafted beer, come and find your new favorite at Swan Lake’s Beer Blast on Saturday, June 22. Breweries from all over Indiana will be there to offer tastings from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Pro Shop Deck. Imagine an evening spent with good friends, munching on brats and listening to the warm sounds of acoustic music. That’s what summer nights are for, and that’s what we have planned at Swan Lake’s Beer Blast on July 22. From 7 – 11 p.m., enjoy grilled hot dogs and brats, savory baked beans and chips. Challenge your friends to a game of corn-hole. Or just relax to the sounds of Acoustically Speaking. Come early if you like—DJs Jason Lee and Kluck of 103.9 BEAR Radio will be broadcasting live from 6-8 p.m.! You’ll have all evening to sample Indiana’s best craft beers. Outstanding local breweries will be there to serve you their finest, including: Evil Czech – Culver, Four Horsemen Brewing Company – South Bend, Upland Brewery – Bloomington, Sun King Brewery – Indianapolis, Flat 12 Bierworks – Indianapolis, Barley Island – Noblesville, Oaken Barrel – Greenwood, Triton Brewing Company – Indianapolis, and Iechyd Da Brewing Company – Elkhart. Find your new favorite beverage—you’ll go home with a commemorative glass just perfect for enjoying it! Tickets at $30 in advance or at the door. Call (800) 935-5616 or locally at (574) 935-3908 to reserve tickets. The summer night is calling! Join us! CONTACT: Amber Hart (800)935-5616 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. ###


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.


Memorial Day Weekend Specials

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Join Swan Lake for our Memorial Day.  We have two specials covering all the needs for stay and play or simply an enjoyable with family and friends on the course. 1:  Memorial Day Weekend Stay and Play 3 Night, 3 Days Hotel and Golf Package $300 per person or $600 per twosome.

  • Unlimited golf
  • All taxes included.
  • Valid for arrival on May 24 - Departing on May 27. No variation of dates.
  • Double occupancy required.
  • Based on availability

2:  Memorial Day Golf Rate Special - Sunday and Monday at Weekday Rates

Play Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend at weekday rates.  Call for availability.

Call 800.935.5616 or local at 574.935.3908 to book your room and/or tee times.


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.


Autumn Leed Performs at Swan Lake Resort on June 7th

Posted on May 7, 2013 by Swan Lake Resorts

Born a leap year baby, Autumn Leed grew up in the small town of Plymouth, Indiana. She is one of eight children raised on a strawberry farm. She realized at a very early age that she wanted to grow up to be a professional singer. Her first paid performance was at the age of seven, when her mothers’ friends paid her fifty cents to sing for them. Later she studied classical and Broadway music along with vocal lessons for 7 years. Autumn was always involved in school musicals and had the leading roles during her junior & senior years. She played Mary in Little Mary Sunshine and Hansel in Hansel & Gretel. She always earned first place medals at her local solo & ensemble competitions, leading her to state level every year. She never disappointed & brought home 1st place every time. During high school, Autumn was in a couple rock-n-roll bands that her parents had to accompany her to due to being under age. While this was a great learning experience, it was short lived. Her vocal instructor deeply frowned on “screaming” music while trying to perfect the art of her classical voice. She decided to follow that sound advice from her instructor as well as her parents. After high school Autumns sights were set on Nashville, Tennessee. Her first offer came from Robert Metzgar, who was with Capitol Management. Unfortunately it always came down to money & had to turn down the offer due to insufficient funding to launch such a project. She later signed in 1994 with Holton Music in Nashville where she cut two singles. “If Wishes Came True” & “I Owe it All to You” were pitched to local radio & national stations. These charted on the independent charts, just a few slots below country artist, Dan Seals. This of course was very exciting to Autumn & thought “I’m on my way”. However this deal ended abruptly due to the untimely illness of her producer, Harvey Turner. Harvey left Nashville for Florida to recover & eventually retire. There is no denying her unique, strong, yet sweet vocals. Music City’s well known & respected Carson Chamberlain reviewed her at a country music expo. After her showcase, he compared her to vocals to Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, & Willie Nelson for her unique vocals. He told her “your vocals are so unique that people will love you or hate you…..and I love you!” Her parents and her sister gave her the encouragement to continue on and follow her dreams. Some others that have influenced her as well are Patsy Cline, Whitney Houston, Marie Osmond, Judy Garland, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, and Celine Dion for their talents. And no one has impressed Autumn more for her stage presence than Reba McEntire. Autumn has been called many different names such as Eli Mae, Rebecca from Sunnybrook farm, Grace, Sis, and Farm Girl. She is able to consume all of these different sides of herself & blend them beautifully into each & every song she performs to make it part of who she is. Although she has a wide spectrum of vocal styles, she knows exactly who she is and where her heart lays….with country music.