The final phase of the year-long project created a new 150-seat outdoor dining area, known as Brighton Pointe, that features island-style architecture and will extend resort-style food-and-beverage service to the adjacent pool. The club has also built two new bocce courts, adding to tennis and pickleball enhancements made in the project’s initial phase.
Kensington Golf & Country Club in Naples, Fla. has completed the final phase of its multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion project. The opening of the new facilities comes in the midst of the club’s 25thanniversary celebration this year.
Initiated in 2018, the $3.5-million construction project included the addition of several new member amenities, as well as a complete refurbishment of certain existing facilities. C+RB reported in March 2019 on the completion of the first phase (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/kensington-gcc-completes-phase-of-3-5m-renovation/)
The final phase included a new 150-seat outdoor dining area, known as Brighton Pointe. Designed by Naples architect David Humphrey, the open-air building offers a stunning view down the 18thhole of the golf course (see photo above) and features casual, island-style architecture, including a full kitchen, large bar area and firepit. It also extends resort-style food-and-beverage service to those using the club’s adjacent pool.
Immediately adjacent to the outdoor dining area are two newly built bocce ball courts, and a pavilion near the pool area that will provide an additional venue for club members and guests to socialize.
Earlier this year, Kensington Golf & Country Club opened its newly refurbished tennis facilities. All seven of the club’s tennis courts were completely rebuilt from the ground up and moved to Har-Tru, replacing three existing Har-Tru and four red clay courts.
Both above-ground and sub-surface irrigation was installed to give the courts the best playability, and courtside drainage has improved the courts’ appearance and function. New blue canopies were also added to provide shade, and the stadium seating was updated with a new look.
Four new pickleball courts were also installed, creating a dedicated Pickleball complex with lights, parking, water fountain, foot washer, social area and a two-tone blue appearance. The pickleball program is supported by the club’s pro staff and shop, offering clinics, private instruction, and equipment for both new and experienced players.
“We are excited to debut these new amenities in conjunction with our silver anniversary,” said David Krzywonos, the club’s General Manager. “This extensive renovation project adds a number of features that were requested by members, and will make our club more contemporary for current and prospective new members.
“Our surveys showed that more than 70 percent of our members wanted more casual outdoor-dining options,” added Krzywonos. “This new amenity will enhance their member experience and enable them to stay on property to enjoy al frescofine dining here rather than traveling to other popular dining areas [in the Naples area], such as Fifth Avenue or Third Street South.”
Kensington G&CC opened in 1994 and features a par-71 Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship golf course that has hosted numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers, most recently in May 2016. Its 30,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse offers casual and formal dining, an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool with cabanas, and year-round social activities. The club also offers a full fitness center.