The Edina, Minn. club has opened a new member dining outlet, the Bobby Jones Pub & Grille, and a new golf performance center and lounge. Additional parts of the project to be completed in 2019, to coincide with the 100thanniversary of the redesign of the club’s golf course by Donald Ross, will include creating a more family-friendly dining room, Archive Room and outdoor terrace, and repurposing a lower level for a Fitness Center, Turn Bar and Youth Activity Center.
Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn. has opened a new member dining outlet, the Bobby Jones Pub & Grille, and a new golf performance center and lounge as part of a $10.5 million renovation project.
The project is coinciding with the club’s recognition of the 100thanniversary of the redesign of its golf course by Donald Ross in 1919. Founded in 1909, Interlachen also has a strong connection to Bobby Jones, as the site of his U.S. Open win in 1930, as the third leg of his Grand Slam.
The Bobby Jones Pub now includes an expanded bar, expanded seating and a new wine cellar to consolidate storage and create a slight transparency between the Pub and a new Fairway Dining Room. The existing Fairway Dining Room is being renovated to accommodate family-friendly dining, with a new feature fireplace added in addition to a private dining room, and a variety of seating options.
Other aspects of the renovation project include:
- Moving primary member dining to the clubhouse’s upstairs level and remodeling the Patty Berg Room as an Archive Room (the club also has close ties to Berg, who as a local 17-year-old Junior member of the club staged a thrilling head-to-head challenge against Glenna Collett Vare, the top woman’s golfer of the era, in a 36-hole final of the 1935 U. S. Women’s Amateur that drew large and enthusiastic crowds to Interlachen and launched Berg’s own Hall of Fame career). In addition to featuring Interlachen’s rich history in championship golf, the room will also serve as a private-dining venue.
- Creating a new terrace for outdoor dining with views of the golf course and downtown Minneapolis, and a variety of seating options, including gas fire pits.
- Repurposing a lower level for a Fitness Center, Turn Bar and Youth Activity Center (the existing Fitness Center was repurposed for the Golf Performance Center, which includes golf simulators, a custom-built indoor putting and chipping green, and a lounge).
The Fitness Center, with over 2,500 sq. ft., will include a diverse array of cardio and strength equipment and a studio that will serve as home to a robust schedule of programs, from yoga to strength training to golf-centered programs.
The Youth Activity Center will serve as home base for the club’s growing youth programs, such as Thursday Night KidZone, which are currently spread throughout the clubhouse, with a variety of games and activities in the multipurpose space, from movies on the big screen to arts and crafts to games like air hockey and foosball.
The Turn Bar, located in close proximity to the 9thgreen and 10thtee, will serve as a halfway stop for golfers in addition to as another casual gathering spot for members to watch sports events on TV or refuel after a workout. In addition to a full bar, the fast-casual menu will feature fresh, ready-made sandwiches and salads, smoothies and homemade pastries, in addition to traditional golf favorites.
- Creating two raised paddle tennis courts and a “flexible lawn” to provide opportunities for a variety of activities and events, and making a light refresh of the current tennis building’s interior, to include expanded social space and new furniture. In addition to the work inside the building, plans outside the space include new walkways, landscaping and outdoor furniture.
- Completely renovating pool locker rooms within their existing walls, while also refreshing the men’s locker room and remodeling and expanding the women’s locker room and Golfer’s Lounge.
- Making parking lot improvements to increase safety and enhance members’ and guests’ arrival and on-site experiences, including a dedicated walkway and a dedicated bag drop area. The current Champions Walkway leading to the clubhouse will be completely replaced to improve drainage, safety and its appearance, with new features added to recognize those who have had an important place in Interlachen’s history.
In addition, the proposed project includes $850,000 in necessary infrastructure improvements and captures $2 million in deferred maintenance.
Club & Resort Business featured Interlachen CC as its November 2015 cover story.