Dining at Lakelands

Our very accommodating and relaxing Clubhouse offers the area’s best menu crafted by our Chef, Jim Leonardo, and our outstanding culinary team. Our talented staff offers the areas best menu and the impeccable, friendly service you would expect at a private club. The latest market fresh cuisines are available along with the classic favorites at our Mixed Grille. We feature daily additions to compliment our expansive menus along with holiday and entertainment specials.

Our lunch and dinner menus are handcrafted and include an array of selections from simple to gourmet. We change the menu seasonally and everyday we’ll enhance the selections with the Chef’s Daily Features! Breakfast is also available on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

Take a break from Golf to relax and enjoy our appetizing entrees in our Mixed Grille. We welcome you to the top standard of services as our team strives to provide the full “Lakelands Experience.”

  • Our Chef
    • A Note from Executive Chef Jim Leonardo

      I am originally from Boston and began cooking at age 15. I knew right away at that young age, that a Chef was what I really wanted to be and I never looked back. My career has taken me all around this country and a large portion of Europe, and given me so many opportunities to learn and to absorb the wonderful cultures that I’ve experienced.

      I began my apprenticeship in fine dining at The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston where I was baptized into French cuisine and directed by my mentors to go to Europe for a year of work and study, which I gladly did. That year was a life changer for sure! Working in Michelin starred restaurants definitely impressed upon me, just how much focus and effort it takes to achieve that level of success, and it also solidified my resolve and sparked a lifelong passion for the shared experience of the art of cuisine!

      Back in the States, I began a ten year period of living in all the places I wanted to live and working as a Sous Chef in the best restaurants I could, which thankfully, were pretty great!
      Harvest in Cambridge, MA, The Painted Table in Seattle, Monkey Bar NYC, and City Cellar in WPB, FLA were all instrumental in my development as a chef, and to round things out... I spent another year abroad, this time as a personal Chef on the 150 foot yacht, on which I lived. I know, tough gig right?

      I was asked to be the executive chef at City Cellar Wine Bar and Restaurant, but this time a new one… in Birmingham Michigan! So, I moved here from Florida in 2001 and became a Michigander. Since then I’ve been the Executive Chef at NOMI, Mosaic, Vinology and The Bird and the Bread and most recently, was executive chef at Katherine’s Catering and Events in Ann Arbor, which was a very unique and specialized experience for me.

      I see being here at Lakelands as an opportunity for me to put together all of my experiences in catering and restaurants of all shapes and sizes into one position in order to help provide you, the members of Lakelands, with the right balance of old and new and tried and true.

      Can’t wait to meet you all!

      Jim Leonardo, Executive Chef
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