Customer Story – Morton client Beach Grove Golf and Country Club celebrates 100 years in business

Jan 31, 2022

In 1921, Beach Grove Golf and Country Club was established in Tecumseh, Ontario. Today, 100 years later, this stunning heritage golf and country club remains a crown jewel in the region and an iconic landmark along the shores of Lake St. Clair. The golf course has stood the test of time and grown even more appealing with the addition of amenities and modernization throughout the decades. Currently, the clubhouse includes several dining areas, an active 4-sheet curling facility, Olympic sized swimming pool, and gorgeous landscaping throughout the grounds. One of the best attributes is the waterfront view and 29 slip harbour for members and guests to enjoy. Beach Grove was voted Windsor Essex Best Golf Course and Clubhouse in 2021, during their 100 year anniversary. 

Morton Food Service is proud to have been a trusted supplier of Beach Grove Golf and Country Club for years. We’re pleased to join them in celebrating 100 years of operation. In honour of this impressive milestone, we’d like to share some of Beach Grove’s history and highlights — just a few of the many more to come. We also invite you to watch this great video on the legacy of the club and its founders.

The History of Beach Grove

Beach Grove was incorporated in 1921 by a group of 16 individuals including two of local whisky icon Hiram Walker’s grandsons, Hiram H. Walker and Harrington E. Walker (the latter, known as “Harry”, who was voted Beach Grove’s first president). The golf course was constructed by renowned golf course architect Stanley Thompson and opened in 1922.

Beach Grove Country Club officially opened to the public in 1922, a year after the business was incorporated. Featuring wide open greens, tree-lined views surrounding the course and great dining amenities, the club was a hit and quickly developed a strong community presence. In 1931, the name of the Club was changed to Beachwood Golf Club, in 1945 it was changed back to Beach Grove Golf and Country Club.

Tragically, the original clubhouse burned down in February of 1927 after a furnace pipe overheated. By the summer, plans to rebuild were underway and an even larger, grander clubhouse was constructed. A pool and harbour were added in 1939, making the club a popular spot for families, and a curling rink was added in 1965. Families could also spend time sailing at the club’s marina, fishing along the shoreline and taking exercise classes on the grounds. The idea was the Beach Grove wouldn’t just be for golfers — it was an experience for the entire family.

Over the years, plenty of rumours have swirled around the Beach Grove’s history and involvement in the rum-running during prohibition — an activity that led to an overnight visit from Al Capone. We cannot confirm or deny that story, but you can definitely grab a rum-based drink there today!

Fine Dining at Beach Grove

Beach Grove Golf and Country Club is known for its exceptional culinary team and inspired menus. There are fantastic dining opportunities at the club including a stately traditional dining room and more casual outdoor patio and deck settings. Special events at the club are complemented by the work of an incredible team of chefs and hospitality staff. If you’ve ever attended a wedding at the club, you know this to be true. 

As you can imagine, Morton Food Service is proud of our connection to this historical and exceptional Club, supplying Beach Grove with high quality local foods and international products that help bring their culinary visions to life. And yes, many of us have golfed at the course over the years — a phenomenal experience in itself!

Congratulations on 100 years of hard work

As a family business with a longstanding history in Ontario, Morton Food Service is proud to work with like-minded establishments like the Beach Grove Golf and Country Club. A deep commitment to quality, memorable culinary experiences and client service is shared at all levels, and we always appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Beach Grove team. 

As they celebrate their 100th anniversary, Morton Food Service congratulates Beach Grove Golf and Country Club on everything they’ve accomplished and wishes them continued success in the century to come. Well done, and cheers to the next 100 years!