A long-standing golf course in Lehigh Valley has a new owner, a new name and a new look.
The Twin Lakes Club, formerly known as Iron Lakes Country Club, held its grand opening Wednesday from 5-8:30 p.m. at 3625 Shankweiler Road in North Whitehall Township.
The event, hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, celebrated recent renovations, including upgrades to the 18-hole course, pro shop and banquet facilities.
The course was purchased in December by David Jaindl, owner and president of Jaindl Farms, a neighboring business which includes Jaindl Turkey Sales, Jaindl Land Company, Jaindl Beverage (A-Treat) and Schantz Orchards.
The Jaindl family has hired KemperSports, an Illinois-based golf course management company, to oversee the operations of the Club at Twin Lakes and Moselem Springs Golf Club, a golf course in Richmond Township, County. from Berks, which it also acquired in late 2021.
Ongoing renovations include a restaurant under construction, Wild Turkey Grill, which is slated to open in July.
“The Jaindl family’s vision and goal is to make it one of the best facilities for golf as well as for social events like weddings, corporate functions etc. said Will Blackman, general manager of the Club at Twin Lakes. “The golf course borders the family’s turkey farm, and it’s literally been in their backyard for decades. So it’s very close to their heart.
The public golf course, originally known as Twin Lakes Golf Club when it was built in the 1950s on a former iron ore mine, opened for the season on April 22, Blackman said. .
Improvements include new golf cart paths, removal of dead or dying trees, and newly added landscaping and sand in bunkers.
“We improved the visual component as well as the overall playability of the course,” Blackman said.
Other renovations include cosmetic upgrades in the pro shop; new carpet, wall paint and curtains in both banquet rooms; and the removal of a carport to make way for two new covered entrances, with California redwood framing, metal roofs, and stamped concrete.
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Soon, the full-service Wild Turkey Grill will replace the property’s former restaurant, Hickory Grill.
The restaurant space, providing seating for approximately 75 patrons, is undergoing extensive renovations that include a new drop ceiling, simulated parquet flooring and a newly constructed bar.
Wild Turkey Grill will also feature a new menu, with entrees such as burrata and grilled steak flatbreads; entrees such as bone-in aged ribeye, seared snapper and shrimp or chicken alfredo; and dishes featuring turkey from Jaindl Farms, such as Jaindl Turkey Philly Cheesesteak and Wild Turkey Breast Burger.
Food service is temporarily being offered on the club’s back patio while it prepares the Wild Turkey Grill, Blackman said. A limited menu, including salads, hot dogs, angus burgers, Philly turkey cheesesteaks, and grilled chicken and tuna sandwiches, is available.
“Of all the areas we’ve improved, the pubs area is definitely the one that’s doing the most work,” Blackman said. “The previous restaurant was more of a smaller golfer’s grill, while the new pub will be more of a full-fledged restaurant with an expanded menu.”
The Club at Twin Lakes, a mature golf course with elevated tees, sloping fairways and water hazards, is open daily with special rates for dusk tees and junior and senior golfers.
The property also accepts reservations for weddings and other private events. There are two open-air ceremony sites overlooking the lakes as well as two banquet halls, one that can accommodate 300 people and another that can accommodate 150 people. For more information, visit theclubattwinlakes.com.