The Bronx, N.Y., property, which has been confirmed by the USGA as the country’s oldest public golf course, has sunk $2.5 million into the restoration of its 109-year-old clubhouse. The project preserved the building’s original staircase and lockers, and used its original doors as ornaments in the pro shop.
The clubhouse at Van Cortlandt Golf Course, the country’s oldest public golf course that was once a playground to Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and even the Three Stooges, is getting a huge facelift, the New York Daily News reported.
A $2.5 million push to restore the 109-year-old clubhouse in Bronx, N.Y., is almost finished, club officials told the Daily News.
“Once golf season starts [in April], we’ll be fully operational,” co-owner Michael Tafet said.
The restoration stayed true to the club’s history, with its original staircase and lockers preserved in the restoration. The clubhouse’s original doors are now ornaments in the pro shop and wood from the lockers were used to build the snack bar and storage in the pro shop, the Daily News reported.
“My thought was, anything we could reuse, repurpose, we would,” said interior designer Susan Arann, principal of the Staten Island-based American & International Designers. “It’s really not about furniture,” she added. “It’s about the bones of the structure.”
But the main attraction is the old photographs of the site and golfers that now decorate its interior, the Daily News reported.
“There’s a tremendous amount of history,” Tafet said. “We found some pretty cool stuff from way back. It’s pretty neat.”
The Van Cortlandt Golf Course opened in 1895. It now boasts 18-holes over 120 acres. Officials from the United States Golf Association confirmed that the Van Cortlandt Golf Course is the oldest public golf course in the country. Its Edwardian clubhouse was built in 1902, the Daily News reported.
In 2007, the city licensed Tafet and his partners to operate the golf course and the clubhouse, with the stipulation that they refurbish the grounds. They’ve since spent $1 million on course upgrades like new greens, better drainage and new paths, the Daily News reported.
Taking inspiration from the old photos and the nearby Van Cortlandt Lake, Arann said she used creams and green for the clubhouse’s color scheme, the Daily News reported.
“As an interior designer, you get many opportunities to do a lot of interesting projects,” Arann said. “But when I get something like this, it got my team so excited.”