The Naples, Fla., club will convert its current Courtside Café building into a new two-story, 18,000-sq.-ft. Lifestyle Center. The facility will feature an indoor/outdoor bar, display kitchen, poolside dining, and increased outdoor lounging areas with fire-pit tables.
Audubon Country Club members recently approved a $7 million renovation-and-expansion project of the club’s Courtside Café building. The current single-story building will be replaced with a new two-story, 18,000-sq.-ft. Lifestyle Center with tennis and fitness operations and a new casual indoor/outdoor dining area. Crews are expected to break ground on the new member amenity this spring, with completion slated for December of 2019.
The project will both modernize and expand the club’s fitness offerings. Peacock + Lewis Architecture and Interior Design of North Palm Beach, Fla., designed the new facility. Gates Construction is the contractor.
The focal point of the new Lifestyle Center will be the new-and-improved Courtside Café, which will be substantially larger and feature an indoor/outdoor bar, display kitchen, poolside dining, and increased outdoor lounging areas with fire-pit tables. Executive Chef, Richard Nielsen, CEC, PCIII, will oversee the new dining venue and is planning a menu that will enhance a healthy lifestyle.
The new building is located adjacent to the Club’s seven Har-Tru tennis courts and two bocce courts. Additionally, a new HydroGrid exhibition tennis court and two gel surface pickleball courts will also be added in 2019.
The new fitness center, located on the building’s second floor, will feature a state-of-the-art weight studio and cardio room, two exercise rooms for fitness classes, a spa lounge, two treatment rooms, and men’s and ladies’ locker rooms. The second-floor balcony can be used for outdoor fitness classes such as tai chi and yoga or to accommodate seating for social gatherings.
“We are very excited about this project and the opportunity to significantly enhance member enjoyment and continue to attract new members,” said Pam Davis, President, Audubon Country Club Board of Directors. “It reflects the current trends in the private club industry and aligns with our Vision Statement to provide and maintain competitive, high quality facilities and sports programs for all members.”
Club & Resort Business reported on the 2018 renovation of the golf course.