The Santa Barbara, Calif., property will close for approximately 16 months to complete the club-wide project, pending final authorization from the Historic Landmarks Commission.
The Montecito Country Club in Santa Barbara, Calif., is getting a major facelift, the Santa Barbara Independent reported.
Owned by Ty Warner’s luxury hotel chain—which also includes The Biltmore Four Seasons, Sandpiper golf course, San Ysidro Ranch, and more—the club will close for approximately 16 months later this year to complete the $30 million job, the Independent reported.
The project is pending final authorization from the Historic Landmarks Commission—the Spanish-style clubhouse and its surroundings have historic merit—which will review the plans again next week. Despite considerable changes, the remodel is a 7,200-sq. ft. downsize from an initial proposal that was approved in 2009 but delayed to cope with the economic slump, the Independent reported.
Much of the club’s 118-acre property is made up of its 18-hole golf course, which will undergo landscape and irrigation-system improvements. The makeover will also include redoing the clubhouse façade, relocating the pool, planting 725 new trees (and removing or relocating 300 trees), and adding a pool pavilion, snack shop, splash pool, whirlpool, equipment room, and volleyball and bocce ball courts, the Independent reported.
Project manager Bill Medel said all the member areas will be renovated with the goal to make the location more of a “family-oriented club.” Currently, the club has 415 family memberships that cost a one-time amount of $150,000. Medel said the membership price tag after the remodel is still to be determined, the Independent reported.
Santa Barbara’s Planning Commission and the design and review board have already approved the project, and construction must begin by September to keep its city permits alive. Medel said the quality of construction and amenities for the new club are expected to match the 100-room makeover recently completed at The Biltmore, the Independent reported.