Our History 

eagle springs history

In 1866 Irish Immigrants, John and Mary Tuohy, arrived from Boston and settled on the western shores of Eagle Springs Lake.

In 1893 John sold his portion of the land to his son, William. William decided that the area would be an ideal vacation spot, and established a resort inlcuding a grand hotel, 12 cottages and an 18-hole golf course. The resort served as an exclusive destination for guests from Chicago, Milwaukee and Waukesha. Horse drawn buggies met vacationers at the train stations in Eagle and Mukwonago. Hotel rates at this time were $2.00 per day and golf was 25 cents for 18-holes.

In 1920 William’s beloved daughter, Agnes Ellen Tuohy, died unexpectedly at 21 years old. 

In 1921 he ordered the hotel closed and put it up for sale. Then, it was razed and sold that year. William turned his attention exclusively to upgrading and improving the golf course. He hired A.G. Spaulding, a former pitcher and manager for the Chicago Cubs, to design the first two holes and he let nature dictate the rest of the 18-holes. 

After the Great Depression in 1929 the golf course was reduced to 9-holes. Financial reasons, the difficulty of maintaning the course during a drought, and a lack of employees were some of the factors that led to this decision. 

The old hotel’s laundry building is currently the Clubhouse for the golf course. Many reminders of the past are displayed in this cherished and antique building such as; the original cherrywood tables and chairs from the resort and the cherrywood bar from the hotel. 

9 of the original cottages remain and are rented by families enjoying the tranquil feeling of another era. Both, the golf course and the cottages epitomize the legacy of Eagle Springs Golf Resort. 

Fifth generation owner, Mike Bolan, and his family represent Eagle Springs Golf Resort as the oldest family-owned nine-hole course in Wisconsin. 

We are proud to be recongized as one of the first 100 clubs established in the United States and to be named in ‘Golf Magazine’ as “First 100 Clubs in America”. Also, we are honored to be recognized as the 2006 and 2007  Nine-Hole Course of the Year by Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin.