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Manor golf resort goes European with new hotel

| Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:21 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
The new hotel at the Lenape Heights Golf Resort.
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
Lenape Heights Golf Resort General Manager Alexander Stiller stands in the lobby of the new hotel he said was modeled after botique hotels in Europe. Friday, March 21, 2014.
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
Lenape Heights Golf Resort
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
Lenape Heights Golf Resort
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
Lenape Heights Golf Resort, loby of the new hotel.

The Lenape Heights Golf Resort aims to bring a touch of Europe to Manor with its new hotel.

After two years of construction, the resort will celebrate the opening of its 20-room hotel and kick off golf season on Saturday at 6 p.m. with its Winemakers' Dinner, which features locally made wines and cheeses.

“We just want to bring something different into the area,” said Alexander Stiller, general manager of the resort.

“There are Holiday Inns and Sheratons and those types of hotels all over the world, but we want to be special, and we're not going to shy away from being something different in this area.”

Stiller said the hotel was modeled after European, boutique-style hotels, which tend to be spacious luxury facilities with full-service accommodations built around a central theme. Lenape Heights' theme is called Indian summer, featuring lots of natural wood and bright, natural colors.

It sits next to Lenape Heights' banquet facilities, restaurant and pro-shop, overlooking the golf course.

The course, which opened in 1967, was purchased in 2007 by Albert Plekker, Sam Kube and Christof Thoma, owners of KPM Herkules, Ford City manufacturer of sheet metal machinery and equipment.

The group operating under the name Herkules Golf and Entertainment began remodeling the golf course's clubhouse, restaurant and pro-shop shortly after buying it. The hotel was the final step in turning the course into a resort, Stiller said.

Although the hotel is open to the public, the group's original intent was to cater to German businessmen coming in to KPM Herkules.

“This is a beautiful region, and we wanted to provide a countryside hotel with a modern flair,” Stiller said. “We don't want to be too posh and scare people away from coming, so we've been looking for a middle ground to make a place for relaxing and leisure for everyone.”

Although he didn't have the actual cost of building the hotel, Stiller said it was a multi-million dollar project overseen by Yoke Construction of Allison Park and construction superintendent Bill Heigley of Kittanning.

Stiller said the construction of the hotel created four full-time housekeeping jobs.

Kevin Andrews, director of the Armstrong County Tourist Bureau, said the hotel and renovated facilities are a good addition that could bolster the area's economy.

“Golf is always a big attraction, and being an inclusive resort, more people could come out to see what they offer,” Andrews said. “Any time people come out and stay in the area, they're going to go into the communities, and that's when they see what the rest of Armstrong County has to offer.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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