Expanded fitness facilities, more casual and outside dining opportunities and an expanded kitchen that provide more flexibility to operate multiple functions simultaneously are key features of the project at the Florida club, which also saw an expansion of the clubhouse from 15,000 to 24,000 sq. ft., and the addition of a covered second-floor terrace.
Naples Lakes Country Club (NLCC), described as a member-owned “bundled” golf community, has completed a multi-year, $5.7 million renovation and expansion to its clubhouse, the Naples (Fla.) Daily News reported.
Developed in response to member input, the project focused on meeting the needs identified by NLCC residents as part of the club’s strategic planning process, the Daily News reported. A survey of the members prioritized key areas for improvement including expanded fitness facilities, more casual and outside dining opportunities and an expanded kitchen providing more flexibility to operate multiple functions simultaneously.
Driven by these priorities, project architect David Humphrey of Humphrey Rosal Architects developed a plan to both expand and renovate the clubhouse, which resulted in an increase from 15,000 to 24,000 square feet and the addition of a covered terrace to the second floor of the building. The net result was to triple seating in the bar and grille room and to add more than 20 seats at the bar itself, both inside and outside, the Daily News reported.
Terrace dining, previously not available, now totals 50 seats overlooking the 18th fairway and green, it was noted. Additionally, multi-function private dining rooms were added to support a Chef’s Table gourmet dining experience. The rooms also provide additional meeting space, the Daily News reported.
To support these varied activities, the kitchen was doubled in size, reorganized and completely re-equipped with state-of the-art food preparation and refrigeration equipment, the Daily News reported. Expanded menus with an emphasis on flexibility and casual dining will now be emphasized going forward.
The project also more than doubled the size of the club’s previous fitness and aerobics facilities and added numerous new machines to the mix, including a CYBEX Bravo weight machine, five treadmills, and six steppers, the Daily News reported. A stretching cage designed for golfers and tennis players and a full range of free weights round out the offering.
The clubhouse, originally built by the club’s developer, Toll Brothers, in 1999, had not only been outgrown by the membership but needed to be updated aesthetically, the Daily News reported. An Atlanta-based company, Image Design, was retained to work with Humphrey Rosal and the NLCC management team to accomplish a “transitional” approach and bring the club to a more current presentation. This involved judicious use of natural wood trims and all new furnishings in the main and private dining rooms and in the bar, coupled with elegant fixtures throughout, the Daily News reported.
Build LLC, an affiliate of DeAngelis Diamond Construction, was the successful bidder on the project and executed the plan over the 12-month period from April 2012 to April 2013, the Daily News reported. A complex combination of expansion and renovation, the project entailed all-new air conditioning, a total rebuild and expansion of the roof structure, major storm drainage modifications and a virtually complete reinstallation of electrical and plumbing infrastructure.
Naples Lakes is a 490-acre private and gated community in southeast Naples, Fla. that contains more than 160 acres of protected nature preserves and lakes. Homes are surrounded by an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. Additional Club amenities include an aqua driving range, chipping and putting facilities, Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool with spa, and five Har-Tru tennis courts, including a championship court.
The community comprises 731 residences divided into six villages. The four multi-family Villages include condominiums, carriage homes and coach homes. Every multi-family village has a swimming pool complete with a spa and picnic area, and each residence has at least a one-car garage. There are no carports. The two single-family villages, including the golf villas and estate homes, have individual pools as well as two- or three-car garages.
Members took ownership of Naples Lakes Country Club in 2004. Full ownership of the golf course and all other club amenities is included in the price of every home and there is no initiation fee, the Daily News reported.
A community open house was planned for Sunday, November 17, from noon to 4 p.m., at which the public was welcome, the Daily News reported.