Announced as the Lexington, Ky. club marks its 50th anniversary, the Lifestyle Center will include a fitness facility, golf and multi-sport simulator bays, Kid’s Center, new kitchen and indoor/outdoor bar and patio space. The renovated short-game and practice-tee area will include bunkers and a 7,500-sq. ft. green and fairway. The project will “make Greenbrier a four-season club, with year-round amenities and programming designed to enhance the quality of members’ lives,” says General Manager Kelly Williams, PGA.
Greenbrier Golf & Country Club in Lexington, Ky. is preparing to break ground in November for a $5 million project that will include a new Lifestyle Center and a practice tee renovation.
The primary purpose of the new $4.5 million Lifestyle Center is “to make Greenbrier a four-season club with year-round amenities and programming designed to enhance the quality of members’ lives,” according to General Manager Kelly Williams, PGA.
New amenities will include a fitness facility with 2,500 sq. ft. dedicated to individual fitness, with cardio, free weights and cable machines. The area will have “phenomenal” views of the club’s practice facility and tenth hole of its golf course, Williams says.
The group-exercise/multi-use space on the lower level of the facility will be dedicated to classes and double as a “flex space for casual club activities,” Williams says.
The Lifestyle Center is also slated to include four golf and multi-sport simulator bays, “which will be a social and fun focal point for club members,” Williams adds.
Simulators will be targeted for individual game improvement, leagues, junior golf activities, family fun and private or corporate entertaining, “unlike anything else in the area,” Williams says.
Construction of a brand-new kitchen and indoor/outdoor bar and patio space will allow Greenbrier to “offer more dining options than ever before,” Williams says. An additional 70 outdoor seats, some under a covered patio, will overlook the practice tee and pool, and 40 more seats in the bar area will be adjacent to the simulator lounge.
The outdoor patio will be open from late spring well into the fall, and will also enhance the current pool’s dining needs during the busy summer months, Williams says.
The project will also a Kid’s Center, replacing a pavilion known to members as the Treehouse, that will be located on the lower level of the Lifestyle Center, with over 2,500 sq ft dedicated to Greenbrier’s youngest members. The Center will include kid- specific spaces for childcare during parents’ workouts, and will also be used for events on the club’s year-round calendar including Camp Greenbrier and the Kid’s Club.
The multi-use group exercise space will also double as an overflow area for larger kids’ events and family activities, so Greenbrier can accommodate more families for seasonal events, Williams says.
While the club grounds are under construction for the Lifestyle Center, a $500,000 short-game area and practice-tee renovation will also be completed. The renovated facility will include a 7,500-sq. ft. short-game green and fairway, bunkers, and “areas to hit every type of shot imaginable for game improvement,” Williams says.
The practice tee redesign will nearly double the current grass tee and “provide a beautiful backdrop for those burning off calories inside the Lifestyle Center or enjoying dinner at sunset on the new outside patio,” Williams adds.
“We have been conceptualizing the vision for many years and it will be fantastic to see it come to fruition,” Williams says. “We’ve tried to focus on every member of the family, while also providing amenities that will appeal to each demographic represented in our membership. This year marks our 50th anniversary, and these additional amenities will position us for the next 50 years and beyond.”
The project will be completed with no membership assessment, and all 600 families at the club will have immediate access to the amenities with a $60 monthly dues increase.
ALT Architecture of Dayton, Ohio and its Senior Associate, Brian Weaver, is responsible for the design and the project is scheduled to be completed in approximately 12 months by local Lexington, Ky. construction firm Dean Builds.