History

Willow Brook, nestled in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, spans the towns of Northampton and Catasauqua, Pennsylvania.

James Wheeler "Colonel" Fuller III
James Wheeler “Colonel” Fuller III

James Wheeler Fuller III of Catasauqua, also known as Colonel Fuller (1873 – 1929), was an American industrialist whose Fuller Company manufactured conveyor belts used in the cement production industry. His company also created the Fuller-Kinyon pump, which is still used by cement production facilities today. Colonel Fuller’s vision was to acquire and merge several area farms so he could pursue his dream of owning some of the finest horses in the country – eventually he owned nearly 1800 acres which he named Willow Brook.

Willow Brook Golf Course was originally built by Colonel Fuller on the Willow Brook Farm Estate as a private five-hole course to entertain personal friends and visiting executives. In 1932, the golf course became a private nine-hole course and in 1934 it was opened to the public. Located along Howertown Road in Catasauqua, Willow Brook Golf Course has become a popular course for area golfers, offering 18 holes, a driving range, club house, restaurant and pro shop.

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C.T. Fuller grew up on horseback.

Colonel Fuller’s son, C.T. Fuller (1919- 2011), grew up doing chores on horseback at Willow Brook. After serving in World War II and attending college, Fuller returned to the family estate with his wife Alexandra and their three children. Like his father before him, Fuller bred horses professionally, and integrated his equine passions into a career as a journalist and photographer. In 1995, his famed stallion, Joe Cody, was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall Of Fame and the National Reining Horse Hall of Fame. In 2001, C. T. Fuller himself was inducted into the AQH Hall of Fame.

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Peter Fuller

C.T.’s only son, Peter Fuller (b. 1950) discovered a love for the sport of team roping in the late 1980’s. Peter brought team roping and rodeo events to Willow Brook in the early 1990’s and became a champion in his sport, winning local and national buckles as a heeler. Peter Fuller joined his father as manager of Willow Brook in 1985 and created the Natural Horsemanship Center, establishing himself as a high level instructor in the style of “horse whispering.” Continuing to compete as a horseman, he won the Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Limited Open in 2009 and 2010.

The most recent addition to the Fuller family estate is the Willow Brook Special Events Center. With its country elegance and rustic charm, our events center is a unique place to host your wedding, company meeting or social event. The special events center features scenic backdrops such as an historic lime kiln, a rambling stream, a newly renovated pool and pool house cabana, and a modern Grand Event Tent which can accommodate 250 guests.