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The Lodge at Old Kinderhook

Construction is underway at Old Kinderhook

A Q&A About The New Lodge

By Brian Weis

Old Kinderhook is delighted about the widespread coverage of The Lodge at Old Kinderhook. With the recent groundbreaking, we have received some great questions. Executive Director, Bob Renken answers below:

In a nutshell, what is The Lodge at Old Kinderhook
It's a lodge style hotel and conference center with new amenities to complement existing recreational offerings. The goal is to expand our season and attract more meeting and event business.

Where exactly, will the The Lodge located?
The Lodge will be positioned next to the Golf Shop/Hook Café and will run along Old Kinderhook Drive (the main road) toward the lake. The guest rooms will overlook the 15th fairway & #18.

How will the positioning of The Lodge affect #15
It will reduce the yardage of 15 by a maximum of 40 yards. We'll be adding a bunker by the green and reshape the fairway to enhance the hole.

What type of guests are you trying to attract with The Lodge?
A wide range of group customers will find The Lodge at Old Kinderhook to be a good fit for their needs. From corporate meetings & business retreats, to small conferences and even family reunions, our lodging, meeting space & recreational options will attract guests for many reasons. In addition, many of our existing customers have influence within their companies - we believe they will find reasons to expand their visits to Old Kinderhook beyond recreation - they will find Old Kinderhook is great for conducting business.

We've heard talk about some unique amenities, can you elaborate?
We envision the green space between the lodge & conference center to include several outdoor firepits where guests can unwind or roast s'mores. Our outdoor pool will feature an expansive pool deck area to enjoy the water and watch golfers pass by. The indoor pool and seasonal ice rink will offer visitors recreational options in cold weather months.

What can you tell us about the ice skating rink?
We expect the ice rink to be open mid-November to March as weather permits. The rink will be open to the public and be available for private parties and functions for fee structure that has yet to be determined. The ice rink will function as a covered pavilion Spring, Summer and Fall and serve as a great venue for outdoor weddings and meeting space.

How did you come up with the name?
Our Executive Team talked about a variety of options, but when it came down to it, "Lodge" was the only word that captured the essence of what we are delivering... and so it became The Lodge at Old Kinderhook.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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