The Raines Company is adding eight four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath cottages and overhauling the Donald Ross-designed course at the Waynesville (N.C.) Inn & Golf Club. The club has already sold about half of its 400 memberships, according to Membership Director JD Trueblood, even with golf as the only current on-site amenity. “We’ve finalized a future calendar of events we’re giving to members [and prospects],” he said. “We want to make sure people who are part of this club get to create experiences that will last a lifetime. Eventually we will be capped out, and no amount of money will buy you a membership.”
Land has been cleared at the Waynesville (N.C.) Inn & Golf Club where eight four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath cottages will be built, and the golf course is being redone, The Mountaineer reported. JD Trueblood, the club’s Membership Director, said the heavy lifting to transform and modernize the 1927 Donald Ross-designed golf course and iconic inn is well underway.
The cottages will be positioned on 2.8 acres, The Mountaineer reported. Trueblood anticipates they will be sold as investments where the units will become part of the rental inventory at the inn.
“We’re where we need to be on the renovation,” Trueblood said of the golf course work that will have a 9-hole course ready to play in late spring 2022, The Mountaineer reported. The remainder of the course and the inside changes won’t be ready until the following spring.
The Donald Ross-designed course has served the area well over the years, Raines Company owners said during a July membership event, The Mountaineer reported. The new course will be designed by Bobby Weed and will build on the golfing opportunities beneath the scenic mountain vistas with a changed-up design and the best grasses on the market.
While most of the property is closed during the renovation, the Tap Room is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Trueblood has a standing offer for prospective members—just give him a call for a full tour, The Mountaineer reported.
“We’re encouraging people to come meet in a safe environment, schedule an appointment and get eyes on what is really happening,” Trueblood said. “There’s a lot of traction here, and it will be interesting to watch what unfolds.”
Membership in the private club will be capped at 400, Trueblood told The Mountaineer, and about half the memberships are already sold. Even though the renovation excitement and golf are the only on-site amenities, those who have already signed up can look forward to other activities.
“We’ve finalized a future calendar of events we’re giving to members, and we’re focused on the very best membership experience,” Trueblood said. “We want to make sure people who are part of this club get to create those experiences that will last a lifetime.”
For now, that’s get-acquainted dinners, outings to other clubs and off-site activities, he told The Mountaineer, but eventually membership will include access to a top-notch fitness center, a swimming pool, discounts on food, beverages, rooms and merchandise, but most importantly, the chance to be part of the club.
“Eventually we will be capped out, and no amount of money will buy you a membership,” he said. “We’re trying to show how hospitable our company is and how engaging our membership will be.”
Trueblood said a hallmark of the Raines Company, which is investing $28 million into the upgrade, is supporting local businesses as much as possible, The Mountaineer reported.
“Many members are local business owners, and we want to make sure this property is a great gathering point for them,” he said.