The Greeneville, Tenn., property welcomed more than 200 members and guests to see the results of a three-month clubhouse renovation that updated flooring, doors, walls and fixtures throughout. The club also introduced a membership drive with a goal of gaining 50 members in 50 days.
The grand unveiling of the new look for Link Hills Country Club on June 17 in Greeneville, Tenn., exceeded organizers’ expectations, the Greeneville Sun reported.
More than 200 members and guests inspected the results of a carefully planned three-month renovation of the club, a mainstay of social life in Greene County since 1954, the Sun reported.
More than 70 guests who are not club members attended the event, along with more than 30 new Link Hills members. That was good news for the Link Hills board of directors and other organizers, who were eager to showcase the results of the first major club renovation since 1989, the Sun reported.
“We’re all excited,” said General Manager Bob Ward.
In addition to a golf course and tennis, Ward said there are a variety of activities available at the club that could appeal to the entire community, the Sun reported.
“We’re really just trying to make sure we appeal to everyone with all of our amenities,” Ward said. “We’ve been here a long time, and we’re a vital part of the community. We’re really excited about our renovations and we feel like we are really in a position to create a larger membership base.”
Growing membership is the primary goal of the renovations and Saturday night’s celebration. “We think we’re going to grow as a result of what we’re doing,” Ward said.
The renovation of the interior of the clubhouse was recently completed, and the club is also in the process of “restructuring the various activities they are able to offer members and guests in the community,” according to a recent letter from the club board of directors.
The renovation committee included Chairman Gena Shelton, who was encouraged by the “enormous turnout” at the event that included a mix of longtime members and new faces, many of them younger adults, the Sun reported.
“This is a good sign. This is what we want every weekend,” she said. “We are really not calling it a grand opening, because we never closed. This basically was to revitalize and refresh the club.”
The renovation includes replacement of the carpet with commercial-grade, wood-look flooring featuring various shades of gray throughout to offer a more updated color. Some light fixtures were updated, with recycled and reupholstered furniture and light fixtures throughout, and the gold and brass accessories have been revitalized and moved throughout the club. The interior doors were painted a charcoal gray shade, the Sun reported.
The ballroom in the Link Hills clubhouse has also been renovated, including replacement of wood flooring, repainted walls and other improvements, the Sun reported.
“Our facility is fresh and clean and very usable, and we have a great place for families (and) activities and dining,” said Membership Director Buddy Yonz. When the club first opened, there were few other venues in Greene County available to host events. With growth in Greene County came other establishments where the public can go.
“We feel we had to start to compete” and show the public the benefits of Link Hills membership, which is available in a number of categories offering different amenities, Shelton said. “Nowadays, we consider ourselves more of a family-oriented (club). It’s geared toward our community,” Shelton said.
The clubhouse building also has a new roof and the tennis courts will be resurfaced soon. In addition to the 18-hole golf course, activities available to club members include a swimming pool, the Foy Harrison Grill, a children’s playground, two lighted tennis courts, a fully-stocked lounge and a dining room, the Sun reported.
The current membership drive has a goal of gaining 50 members in 50 days. The membership was recently at 175, and the board of directors feels that 225 is a realistic goal, the Sun reported.