The $2 million upgrade at the Louisville, Ky., property will gut and update the 30-year-old pro shop, create a family-friendly sports bar and dining area, modernize the formal dining room, expand the outdoor dining space, restore the original wood flooring in a new cocktail room, and add new furniture throughout.
The nearly 100-year-old building that serves as Hurstbourne Country Club’s clubhouse is getting a facelift, Insider Louisville reported.
Club members are spending more than $2 million to gut and update its 30-year-old pro shop; create a family friendly sports bar and dining area; modernize its formal dining room; expand its outdoor dining space; and restore the original wood flooring in a new cocktail room. The upgrades also include new furniture in several rooms, Insider reported.
The clubhouse will reopen next week—it typically closes for at least a couple weeks in January for touch-ups—but the renovations will continue, with an expected completion date before November.
“We are trying to make sure our club is relevant for the next generation of membership,” said Steve Shafer, club manager and director of golf. “The wants and needs of the membership change.”
Twenty to 30 years ago, country clubs were all about dads, Shafer said. They were places for men to gather, drink and play golf. Today, country clubs are a family experience, Insider reported.
In addition to a golf course, Hurstbourne Country Club has a junior Olympic pool with outdoor bar and food service, a fitness center, and tennis courts with an on-duty tennis professional six to seven months out of the year. “We are more than golf here,” Shafer said.
The club, which turns 50 this year, has 504 members. Monthly fees range, but full membership costs $461 a month, said controller Terri Greenwell. Although membership dropped during the recession, Shafer said the club has fared well since, Insider reported.
“The club financially is on solid ground,” said Shafer, adding it has continued to operate in the black for the past five years—something not every country club or golf course can boast, Insider reported.
“We’ve got a really good, down-to-earth membership,” Shafer said, adding that in recent years, younger families have joined the club. “(The renovation) is only going to help.”