It’s typical to go up to the Chewelah Golf and Country Club for golf, but the clubhouse’s restaurant – The Rusty Putter – also offers an unique, versatile space in the easy-going atmosphere of a golf course.
It’s this kind of atmosphere that drew new kitchen manager Paul Bewick to the restaurant. Bewick has been in the food industry since 1973, being involved in everything from fast food to bar and grills. Originally from the Spokane Valley, Bewick has a strong catering background and even held the catering contract for the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.
Bewick moved up to Deer Lake from the valley and instead of driving into the craziness of the city everyday, he saw an opportunity at the Chewelah Golf Course.
“I have a 25-minute commute with one stoplight that’s usually green so it was more local for me,” Bewick said. “This also gives me a bigger opportunity to be part of a community and get to know everybody.”
Bewick has a love of cooking and the certain satisfaction you get when somebody says your food is good. He’s brought in a different way to prepare menu items at The Rusty Putter along with bringing off-menu specials for the WOW-effect at the golf course restaurant.
Open eight months out of the year, Bewick wants to give Chewelah an excellent place for outside terrace dining, events complete with catering and just a popular destination for dining just a short drive up Sand Canyon.
“I just want to get across that we have a very versatile event and dining space,” Bewick said. “We have an outside patio and this is not a private club or course, anybody can come out.”
The Rusty Putter opens at 7:30 a.m. and has consistent breakfast specials and lunch specials. They’ve gotten so popular Bewick is going to begin sending out newsletters so people can see what’s being served. There will also be outdoor music coming up later this month.
“It’s a fun crowd up here at the golf course,” Bewick said. “It’s a nice clientele because people are coming here to have fun. It’s a light atmosphere with just positive energy.”
Bewick’s catering background also makes him the perfect contact for dining events in the clubhouse. Adding The Rusty Putter is a very economical venue, customers can enjoy a versatile clubhouse that can host an event downstairs for more private events, out in the terrace for a great outdoor BBQ gathering and inside the clubhouse out of the sun or rain.
“We have a versatile space and it’s also got the security of moving it inside if we need to,” Bewick said. “It’s a nice, quiet atmosphere and we can take care of all events.”
Groups from anywhere between 8-250 can be serviced by The Rusty Putter, with specific catering requests or buffets. Anyone interested may call the Golf Course at 935-7251.
The Rusty Putter is open until 8 p.m. before the hours change over for the busy summer on June 15.
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff