Clubs in Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa are at different points in their planned clubhouse renovations. While one has completed the project and hopes to bring in more tournament play, another is anxiously awaiting its unveiling. The third looks at midyear before plans are finalized.
A trio of courses have clubhouse renovations in three different phases—completed, nearing completion and in the planning stages. Here’s a quick overview of the projects:
The new clubhouse at Fairfield Greens South Trace Course in Fairfield, Ohio brings a “fresher appearance” to what once was a “cavernous feeling,” according to Parks and Recreation Director Tiphanie Howard, the Dayton Journal-News reported.
- The decade-old clubhouse needed an interior makeover with new carpeting, lighter paint color on the walls, new LED lights and an added storage space;
- Fairfield hopes the clubhouse upgrades lead to more events and additional rounds at the golf course;
- In the last 10 years investments were made in the golf operations with the irrigation system and improvements to the course playing conditions;
- In addition to the South Trace course, the city operates a nine-hole North Trace course;
- The city subsidized the golf and aquatic center operations with $75,000 in 2016 and $50,000 in 2017;
- The course has averaged 36,000 to 42,000 rounds per year;
- The city spent $225,000 in subsidies and capital improvements in 2018, which included blacktopping the South Trace parking lot and ash tree removal.
Champion Hills, a private boutique club in Hendersonville, N.C., will reveal a new look clubhouse on March 21.
- The Design Gallery was selected to head the clubhouse transformation, the second in the Club’s 31-year history;
- Crews began the clubhouse renovation project on January 2;
- Enhancements to the 24,000 square foot clubhouse include:
- fully updated furnishings and fixtures,
- a new Wine Room with community feasting table,
- a new martini bar, and
- a new Fazio sports bar/gastro pub.
- The new color palette throughout the entire clubhouse plays up the blues, tans and caramels of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers a fresh, upscale lodge feel.
- The club recently added an additional 2,300 sq. ft. to their state-of-the-art Wellness Center & Pool Complex
An updated and scaled down design plan of the Westwood Golf Course clubhouse in Newton, Iowa is expected to be ready by midyear, the Newton (Iowa) Daily News reported.
- Newton City Council approved a professional services agreement with Ethos Design Group during its March 18 meeting;
- The 18-hole municipal golf course will receive a “revised site plan, floor plan, building elevations and estimate of costs for the downsized” clubhouse;
- Criticisms often include the clubhouse’s outdated appearance and small size, making it difficult to comfortably secure 100-person tournaments;
- The Ethos Design Group plan would look to “construct a building that functions primarily as a golf clubhouse, with a smaller lounge area and reducing the seating area to 150 people.”
- City council members voted 5-0 to approve the professional services agreement;
- The revised plan by Ethos Design Group comes with a $15,350 price tag;
- Ethos Design Group was previously known as Big Creek Design Group, which proposed a more than $3 million clubhouse plan for Westwood Golf Course in 2016;
- In addition to the proposed clubhouse changes almost four years ago, the project included an upgraded parking lot and new buildings for mechanics, storage and equipment;
- An estimate for the clubhouse alone was close to $2.5 million or $2.8 million, which would have included a pro shop, golfer’s lounge, locker rooms, basement-accessed cart storage and a large banquet room, fully furnished to fit up to 300 people.