The Glendale, Calif., property will host a grand opening in August to showcase the overhaul and expansion of its 90-year-old clubhouse from 12,000 sq. ft. to 30,000 sq. ft. Updates include a new restaurant, ballroom, fitness center, and locker rooms.
The Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale, Calif., is scheduled to reveal the major overhaul and expansion of its clubhouse in August after more than a year of construction, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In the face of dwindling membership, aging infrastructure and a rotation of four owners in the past decade, the current owners—Nick Agakanian and Mike Kobeissi, who purchased the club in 2013—and their development team have been turning the 12,000-sq. ft., 90-year-old clubhouse into a new 30,000-sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility, the Times reported.
The only piece left from the original clubhouse, which was built in 1927, is the fireplace, the Times reported.
Althea Rowe, director of public relations and membership at the country club, leads weekend tours of the new clubhouse and said she’s received positive feedback from new and longtime members, the Times reported.
“The owners have done so well to give the community a renovated space, yet maintained the feel of calm and community, somewhere that people will feel welcome,” Rowe said. “That’s what I heard from visitors—a ‘homey, peaceful, easy space.’”
The new clubhouse features a bar and restaurant, called the Sycamore Room, which will be open to the public. The members-only locations include a lounge, a terrace overlooking the golf course, a pro shop for golf apparel and gear, and a four-lane pool with a full kitchen, the Times reported.
There is also the Cyprus Ballroom, where members can host events with a 300-person capacity. There are several locations throughout the club to hold events including a spot on the golf course—hole No. 2 can be reserved for a private wedding anniversary, for example, the Times reported.
A group exercise room, gym, family recreation room, Jacuzzi and locker rooms complete the clubhouse’s renovation, the Times reported.
Ken Bierman, the Men’s Club president at the country club, first joined 18 years ago with his wife when the club had a larger, more active membership, the Times reported.
“[The club] used to have major numbers around here,” Bierman said. “Then things dwindled a little bit, but now, with the new ownership, I think people look at this as something that’s going to be valuable to this area for a lot of years.”
He added that current members are “very pleased” with the overhaul.
Members are still able to use the golf course during construction, and the clubhouse had a soft opening on June 1, allowing limited access to some of the new areas until its grand opening slated for sometime in August, the Times reported.
The nine-hole golf course on the 34-acre site also underwent a few upgrades, but its layout largely remains the same, the Times reported.