The three-year renovation and rebranding of the former Montecito CC in Santa Barbara, Calif. includes a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, 4,800 sq.-ft. ballroom, 6,500 sq.-ft. fitness center with a “Kids Club,” a state-of-the-art screening room and movie theatre, the state’s largest private-club pool complex, and an AMF Bowling Alley complete with arcade games. Ty Warner— hotelier and Beanie Baby manufacturer—said his goal was to “create the best country club in the world.”
Jack Nicklaus was on hand March 30 to help celebrate the official opening of the golf course he designed at the reopened Montecito Club in Santa Barbara, Calif., Noozhawk reported. The 18-hole, par-71 Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is a 6,540-yard layout that features views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.
The private Montecito Club, formerly known as Montecito Country Club, reopened March 29 after a major renovation project that took more than three years, according to the Noozhawk report. The 101-year-old club is owned by Santa Barbara hotelier and Beanie Baby manufacturer Ty Warner.
“My goal was to create the best country club in the world,” Warner said in a statement. “The Montecito Club honors the legacy of the property and the game of golf while imparting a new, luxury standard that caters to multi-generations.
“This is a place where members can pursue individual passions and interests, and also connect with family members and friends in engaging, meaningful ways,” Warner added. “We have combined the best of the best.”
C+RB reported on the club’s closing in May 2014. At the time, its renovation was expected to take 16 months and cost $30 million.
Santa Barbara’s edhat.com reported that Montecito Club’s $75 million renovation included a 4,800 sq.-ft. ballroom, 6,500 sq.-ft. fitness center with a “Kids Club,” and a state-of-the-art screening room and movie theatre named the Dolby Atmos Theatre with a concession area. There’s also an AMF Bowling Alley complete with arcade games, indoor/outdoor bar, golf shop, tennis courts, tennis shop, and men’s and women’s lockers and lounges.
“The Pools,” which hold 283,000 gallons of water, is reportedly the largest private club pool complex in California, according to the edhat report.
A Recreation Lawn that includes a sport court for pickleball and basketball, soccer field with goals, artificial turf sledding hill, baseball batting cage with a pitching machine and three full-swing golf hitting bays with a Trackman outdoor simulator was also added, edhat reported.