The official launch of Rolling Greens July 6 has exciting plans to unveil

Rolling Greens golf pro Mike Sherman, Director of Operations Joe Lopes, and Director of Entertainment Gordon Weiske
New hole and golf cart signage are just a few of the changes taking place as Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club becomes Rolling Greens. The brand-new cannabis-themed course officially opens with a tournament and celebration Saturday, July 6. From left are Rolling Greens golf pro Mike Sherman, Director of Operations Joe Lopes, and Director of Entertainment Gordon Weiske. Photo credit: Emilie Must
Posted on: July 5, 2019

“Murray Brothers Caddyshack® restaurant to be located in clubhouse”

Rolling Greens, North America’s first cannabis-themed golf course, is throwing a party Saturday, July 6, and everyone is invited. But at this party BYOB has a new meaning: “bring your own bud!”

Gordon Weiske, who recently moved from Toronto to Smiths Falls to take on the role of director of entertainment for Rolling Greens, said the re-named Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club on Highway 15 south of Smiths Falls has a lot of exciting plans to unveil.

Golfers who are also fans of the classic 1980 comedy “Caddyshack” can look forward to dining at the new Murray Bros. Caddyshack® restaurant located at the Rolling Greens clubhouse. Chef Brian Paquette, proprietor of Café Whim and the Axe & Arrow restaurants in Smiths Falls, will be managing food and beverage. Murray Bros. Caddyshack® has two other locations: one in Rosemont, Illinois and the flagship location on the site of the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida, which opened in 2001.

Murray Bros. Caddyshack® was co-founded by Andy Murray and his long time friend and CEO Mac Haskell. All of the brothers are vested in the restaurant including Bill, Brian-Doyle (who wrote Caddyshack), Ed, John and Joel. 

Paquette said he is looking forward to the opening of the new restaurant. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring some attention to the area and everyone agrees that we need to have great food… and being part of the first Murray Bros. Caddyshack® to come to Canada is truly exciting,” he said. 

The new restaurant and new signage currently being installed at Rolling Greens are just a few of the changes visitors to the course can look forward to. Rolling Greens has also integrated disc golf and will be bringing in a giant inflatable screen to show outdoor movies in the evening. Disc golf facilities at the course have been designed by Darrell Banks of Innova Disc Golf. Disc golf can be played in the winter, opening up opportunities for Rolling Greens to operate year-round.

“Rolling Greens is a brand-new concept,” said Weiske, who has 20 years of experience in film and entertainment. “We are looking forward to having fun with such puns as “hitting a fat one off the tee” and yelling “4-20” instead of “fore.” But we are also interested in promoting the medicinal benefits of cannabis, such as pain relief. This will be a testing ground for that as well” said Weiske. 

Rolling Greens will serve as the prototype for a future chain of cannabis-themed courses to be rolled out across Canada. “The golf industry has sort of hit a plateau and it needs a change,” said Weiske. “This model could be that type of change.”

Long-time Lombard Glen owners Mike, Dave, and Jean Sherman are staying on as partners, to manage the day to day operations of the 18-hole ball golf and disc golf course. 

Rolling Greens is a concept that has been in development for quite some time and had originally hoped to launch in the spring (on April 20, “4-20”) but bad weather delayed outdoor renovations and the start of the golf season.

Plans for the July 6 launch include a tournament with a Jeep up for grabs, sponsored by Town and Country Chrysler as a hole-in-one prize. The tournament will have a 1 p.m. shotgun start. From 4 p.m. on, members of the public are invited to come out and explore the greens. There will be live entertainment and the festivities will continue into the evening with a movie and more celebrations.

Plans call for musical entertainment and live theatre shows to become weekly features at Rolling Greens.

“This is the time to get into the cannabis business,” said Weiske, “and our focus is to become the trailblazers in the emerging Canadian cannabis tourism, sport and entertainment market, and what better place to get rolling than Smiths Falls, the cannabis capital of Canada.”

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Article by Chris Must