The 103-year-old property is restoring A. W. Tillinghast’s original layout for its golf course and also making nearly $4.5 million in clubhouse improvements that will include a new fitness center, Kid’s Club, outdoor event center and expanded pool and patio decks. Much of the project will be paid for with funds from a legal settlement with the DuPont Company, after an herbicide killed many trees on the property. The club has also started a no-initiation fee membership promotion that it says has attracted 125 new members.
To tee up its $10.8 million upgrade, the 103-year-old Rochester (Minn.) Golf & Country Club (RGCC) will be closing its golf course on August 6, the Rochester Post Bulletin reported.
However, the clubhouse, pool and just-opened practice facility and driving range will remain open for members and guests, Marketing and Membership Ambassador David Petric told the Post Bulletin.
Closing the golf course in early August will allow work crews to start on its $6.4 million makeover, the Post Bulletin reported, that will restore it to its original design by A.W. Tillinghast. To do that, current architect Tom Doak has proposed taking out about 350 trees, to make room for redesigned greens, tee boxes, creat new vistas and return the 18-hole course to Tillinghast’s vision.
The project is being paid for, at least partially, with money from a legal settlement with the DuPont Company, which manufactured an Imprelis herbicide that unintentionally killed many trees on the historic Rochester course, the Post Bulletin reported.
C&RB reported on the plans for the upgrades in 2017 (http://clubandresortbusiness.com/2017/05/rochester-minn-gcc-proposes-10-8m-project/)
The club also plans $4.4 million in clubhouse improvements and renovations, including a new fitness center, a year-round lounge equipped with two TrackMan golf simulators, a Kid’s Club activity center, an outdoor event site and an expanded patio deck, as well as an extended pool deck, the Post Bulletin reported
Some of those new features, such as the fitness center and the year-round lounge, are expected to open this fall.
In the last week or so before its closing, RGCC is offering a special new membership deal with no initiation fee, the Post Bulletin reported. The promotion has already attracted 125 new members, the club reported.
“The membership promotion, coupled with the extensive physical renovation and restoration projects taking place, make now the perfect time to join,” RGCC General Manager Carl Granberg said in a news release issued by the club. “The changes we have and are continuing to implement have elevated the club’s atmosphere. We are attracting a younger membership base, more families, and more people seeking a place to network and grow their business.”
Petric said the club has about 656 members, and about 360 of those are golfing members, the Post Bulletin reported.
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