A group of local businessmen envisioned a grand, luxurious restaurant and hotel in a picturesque setting that was once an apple orchard.1972 -
The dream became a reality. A beautiful dining room with a glass wall overlooking the orchard, complete with cascading water fountain and sunken bar, were constructed along with a spacious, 25-room hotel. The view was impressive, the food was divine and the service was superb. However this was only the beginning.1978 -
Architect Jerry Matthews finished his design of a breathtaking golf course, that he has considered to be one of his best designs. The majestic pines and rolling hills that stood behind the orchard proved to be a hidden treasure for Candlestone’s beautiful fairways, lush greens and demanding obstacles.1985 -
Candlestone has come to be known as one of West Michigan’s most challenging and beautiful golf courses.1990 -
Grand Rapids auto dealer Joe Duthler purchased Candlestone.2008 -
The resort was sold to the current owners, Steve Leach and Cathy Farr. The new group has great visions for Candlestone and has backed it up with massive capital infusion.2009 -
A new restaurant and lounge, new green-side deck, all-new remodeled hotel rooms and lobby were just the beginning.
Although the original founders have moved on to other endeavors, their dream lives on: a resort where you get the personal attention you deserve.