The 24,000-sq. ft. facility in Sarasota, Fla., will receive interior design enhancements with new décor, furniture, window treatments, carpeting and artwork in the dining room, private dining room, lobby, bar and grille room.
The Founders Club in Sarasota, Fla., is planning a summer renovation of its clubhouse, the 24,000-sq. ft. Golf Hall. The project will include enhancements to the interior design including new décor, furniture, window treatments, carpeting and artwork in the dining room, private dining room, the bar and grille room, and lobby and hallway areas.
Still in the planning stages, the renovation may also incorporate changes to the popular verandah overlooking an oak hammock and the 18th hole of The Founders Club’s Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed championship golf course.
“The Founders Club is truly unique, with a great family feel and close relationships between residents fostered by an active social calendar,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of London Bay Homes, which owns the majority of the Sarasota community’s homesites. “Because of the community’s intimate size, the club’s membership is active in events, clubs, activities and other offerings that enhance the members’ lifestyle. The clubhouse is the heart of the community, and the renovations are being designed to enhance the experience.”
The summertime renovation will brighten the club’s main gathering areas and reflect the Golf Hall’s Florida low-country motif. It also will incorporate artwork and photographs showcasing the community’s natural beauty and the golf course. The 700-acre community features 100 protected live oaks and a natural habitat that attracts a variety of birds and wildlife.
The renovations will not impact the club’s summertime trial golf memberships, available through October 1, said General Manager Hugh O’Donnell. Trial members will have an opportunity to experience the club’s facilities, all social and golf programs, handicap system registration and golf bag storage.
Trial memberships also include full-service dining prepared by an award-winning executive chef and culinary team, complimentary exercise classes, yoga and Pilates, on-call massage therapists and trainers, as well as junior golf clinics. Trial members may also apply their $1,000 entry free to an upgrade on a limited number of equity and non-equity memberships.
Offering the area’s only traditional caddie program, The Founders Club allows golfers to walk the course. Membership is limited to 275 to ensure members enjoy year-round golf with no tee time required. Training facilities include two putting greens, a recently enlarged driving range and remodeled short game area featuring Titleist Pro V-1 balls, and state-of-the-art TrackMan radar technology offered through Florida Golf Performance Center.
The Golf Hall also offers a fully stocked golf pro shop, state-of-the-art fitness center, and men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges. The Founders Club also features miles of boardwalks and paved walkways, Har-Tru tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and a picnic pavilion. Fitness and wellness classes, educational and instructional programs, and social gatherings are coordinated by a professional staff.