The two-month renovation updated the clubhouse to appeal to younger prospective members, and the club now offers junior membership rates and a 24-hour fitness center. The club will host an open house February 28, and is reporting that winter has not stalled enrollment numbers.
The Lamar (Mo.) Country Club has received a makeover just in time for golf season, the Joplin (Mo.)-based KSNF-TV reported.
“Realistically, other than the snow on the ground right now, it’s in the very best shape the course has ever been,” said Shawn Maberry, Board President.
Club membership had to decide whether to shut down the property for good or take a risk and renovate it, so new management took over January 1, KSNF-TV reported.
“Revamp the clubhouse, make it a lot nicer, a lot more classy. What you’d expect a clubhouse to look like,” said Brandon Plank, General Manager, adding that the clubhouse will be an additional resource to the town and help restore the economy in the area, KSNF-TV reported.
“We’ve talk to city managers who are trying get businesses in and one of the big things that people see is when they see a thriving clubhouse, it looks good for the community,” said Plank.
The club is trying to get younger families involved by adding junior rates for memberships and even a new 24-hour fitness center, KSNF-TV reported.
“We’re trying to get member dinners and just even having a lunch and dinner menu all the time out here. Just trying to get some interest and get some people in the doors and I think once we do that, then the clubhouse itself and our staff can hopefully retain them,” said Plank.
Board members told KSNF-TV that they’re striving for something more than just a members-only club.
“Instead of being a country club environment to where you don’t feel welcomed, here we’re in a small community and everybody knows everybody, welcomes everybody and so it just feels like a nice wholesome environment,” said Maberry.
The club reports that the winter hasn’t stalled the enrollment numbers, KSNF-TV reported.
“We’ve just had a ton of good feedback, people already booking tournaments, booking events. So we think we’re definitely moving in the right direction,” said Plank.
The clubhouse makeover has taken about two months, but workers believe it’s the first step to restoring the golf course. The Lamar Country Club will host an open house on February 28, KSNF-TV reported.