Events in celebration of the Akron, Ohio club’s centennial include an April 20 cocktail party and a themed gala in September. The property’s current Founders Room will soon become a Heritage Tribute Room paying homage to the club’s past, including side-by-side comparisons of the golf course’s original layout and its current design.
Notable shifts in one of the industry’s key markets, Scottsdale, Ariz., reflect how club and resort properties must respond to new trends in golf, recreation and leisure.
GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness bought St. Joseph (Mo.) Country Club in March, and began demolition on June 1 for the first phase of an improvement project that includes a fitness center. Fairlawn Country Club in Akron, Ohio showcased the completion of a new golf practice facility and patio/pavilion during a grand opening on June 3.
The event brought an estimated 50,000 visitors to the Ohio city, and many area clubs and courses took steps in advance to try to attract everyone from delegates to private pilots with special promotions and rates. But so far, most properties report, it’s been a pretty typical summer week.
Previously GM of Bayville GC in Virginia Beach, Va. and Assistant GM at Oakmont (Pa. CC), the fourth-generation club manager will return to his native Ohio in time to help the Westlake, Ohio club prepare for a Web.com tour event in June.
Members of the 73-year-old Lansing (Ill.) Country Club, where the flamboyant pro golfer and three others were killed in 1966, have decided to seek a buyer, citing declining membership and a dwindling interest in golf. But the club does not expect a sale to go through for a few years, and plans to continue to host weddings and special events for the indefinite future.