The 90-year-old club in Arlington Heights, Ill., was purchased by ClubCorp last year, and showed off updates to members at a “reinvention celebration.” The lobby and banquet facility were refreshed, the boardroom now doubles as a private dining space, and the fitness center more than tripled in size.
A little more than one year after ClubCorp purchased Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights, Ill., members attended a “reinvention celebration” to tour the 90-year-old club’s $1.5 million renovation, the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Daily Herald reported.
“It’s exciting,” said longtime member Kathy Robertson. “I wasn’t sure about the changes, but it’s a whole new look.”
Guests checked out the new lobby, with its more contemporary look, as well as the boardroom that doubles as a private dining space and totally renovated banquet facility, the Daily Herald reported.
“We’ve given it a fresh, new look that’s elegant yet modern,” said Julie Ryan, private events director, who pointed out everything from the new carpet, window treatments, chairs and chandeliers to its new menu and extensive wine list.
A bigger surprise awaited those who went downstairs, to the newly expanded fitness center. The gym and classroom studio more than triples the size of the old facility, expanding to 4,000 sq. ft. up from its original 1,000 sq. ft., the Daily Herald reported.
“That’s what sold me,” said prospective member Bill Jurjovec. “I work out at a club near my office, but when I saw this I thought, why not here.”
The gym features a complete line of equipment, which includes treadmills, cross-trainers, upright and recumbent bikes, as well as rowers and weight stations. A highlight is the Synrgy 360, which combines different options for working out into a jungle gym concept, the Daily Herald reported.
“These are all functional components to build a golfer’s strength,” said trainer Michele Sotak.
Guests learned about the classes offered in the new studio, including yoga and pilates, as well as golf-specific mobility classes. Along with the expansion of the workout facility, the club also increased its staff, from two personal trainers to seven available to members, including two pros from the Titleist Institute offering biomechanics to members, the Daily Herald reported.
“This is definitely on the cutting edge of golf fitness facilities,” said Cory Puyear, one of the Titleist professionals available to members. “Other golf clubs are looking at doing this, but not that many have made these kinds of improvements.”
Jim Dvoratchek serves on Rolling Green’s Board of Governors and said the club has not lost its private feel since ClubCorp took over, the Daily Herald reported.
“They’ve been very responsive to members’ input,” Dvoratchek said. “In fact, it’s going well beyond (ClubCorp’s) initial pledge. They’ve been tremendous partners and more than lived up to their obligations.”