The Griffin Club Los Angeles Gives Sneak Peek of Makeover Plans

Renovations at the former Beverly Hills Country Club are expected to cost more than $10 million, and will encompass the clubhouse, pool and surrounding areas, and overall landscaping. The updates will be completed in phases and are scheduled to be complete in late 2016.

A private event at The Griffin Club Los Angeles—formerly the Beverly Hills Country Club—celebrated the rebirth of the club and gave members a sneak peek of the pool and landscape renovations, before actual improvements begin later this year, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based WestSide Today reported.

Renovations are expected to cost in excess of $10 million to include the clubhouse, pool and surrounding areas, and overall landscaping. The Griffin Club Los Angeles renovation will be completed in phases and is scheduled to be fully complete in late 2016, Today reported.

Singerman Real Estate and Meriwether Companies bought the four-acre property in May and have kept a steady re-design campaign with an aesthetic bent on bringing a fresh, contemporary look and feel to the iconic club, Today reported.

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This was the first joint venture between Singerman Real Estate, a Chicago-based investment firm and majority owner, and Meriwether Cos., a hospitality and resort development firm that also manages clubs in Texas and Colorado. Meriwether Cos. is responsible for day-to-day club operations and remodeling, Today reported.

After pursuing the club for a couple years, the new owners were eager for their first acquisition in Los Angeles from Gene Axelrod’s L.A. Partners, which has owned the property since 1985. Though the property will undergo complete renovations, the new owners’ ultimate goal is to build on its destination as a friends and family scene, Today reported.

“We really want people to come here not just to exercise or play tennis but to come here to do those things and then socialize with friends or have dinner or host private events here,” Meriwether Cos. Managing Partner Graham Culp said.

Apart from amplifying the family and social programming, Culp also was proud to announce the hiring of Teresa MacPherson as food and beverage director, adding that it was important to them to improve that part of the club. “We’re excited about applying what we’ve learned in resort markets to an in-town private club,” Culp said.

The owners said that they intend to keep membership dues the same until they can make significant improvements. Today, with about 1,500 members, the club boasts a diverse affiliation, including celebrities, athletes, and executives, Today reported.

The property features a 34,000-sq. ft. clubhouse, ten lighted championship tennis courts, dining, social facilities, a gym with personal fitness and classes, and an aquatic center with a Junior Olympic heated swimming pool and two others, Today reported.