On November 10, Firestone and Robertson will open the doors of its Whiskey Ranch – 112-acre complex southeast of Fort Worth, one of the largest distilleries west of the Mississippi. The project sits on the grounds of the former Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth – historic 1912 golf course, where golfing legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson learned the game.
It is reminiscent of a winery, without the grapevines but with a visitors center, a special-events space, a tasting-room tavern and distillery – surrounded by an 18-hole golf course, with a couple of holes reconfigured. One of the more memorable holes has a power-line-tower in the middle of the fairway. That hole hasn’t been changed, and the surrounding area looks much the same.
But Whiskey Ranch is bringing change. Turn in to the old Glen Garden entrance off of Mitchell Boulevard, and you’ll quickly hit a barricade.
The new entrance for Whiskey Ranch — which is still several weeks away from opening — is a little to the south of the old entrance, marked by an arch and, shortly after that, a guard booth, where once you check in, the guards will direct you to drive along a leisurely lane flanked by golf holes and ending at a visitor-center parking lot.
The new venue will open to the public for a holiday preview starting Nov. 10 every Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Daily tours will begin in January 2018 and Whiskey Ranch is now open for private events.