The Lodi, Calif., property plans to build a new 35,000-sq. ft. clubhouse that features a banquet hall for 300 people, tow new membership rooms, a computer and game room, locker rooms, an exercise facility, and more. The project, which is expected to cost $8 million with a completion date of summer 2015, is part of an effort to offer more family-friendly activities to an increasingly younger membership.
In an effort to become more family friendly, Woodbridge Golf & Country Club in Lodi, Calif., will build a brand new clubhouse where the current one stands, the Lodi News-Sentinel reported.
General Manger Rick Morgan and President Jim Keller said they hope to start construction on the new clubhouse by June, with a tentative completion date of late summer 2015, the News-Sentinel reported.
The club is moving in a direction to separate itself from public golf courses, Morgan said, which typically only offer golf to patrons, the News-Sentinel reported.
“There are a lot of family-friendly activities we offer,” Morgan said. “And what we see for the future is to offer more for everyone in the family something to do, and make this a first-class club.”
Besides golf, the club currently offers swimming and tennis, water polo and swimming teams, as well as a kids camp during the summer months, among other activities, the News-Sentinel reported.
The current clubhouse, built in 1956, is a single-story 18,000-sq. ft. structure with a banquet hall for 180 patrons, locker rooms, pro shop and a lounge/dining area complete with a full bar, the News-Sentinel reported.
The new clubhouse will be a two-story building of about 35,000 sq. ft., Morgan said, and will feature a banquet hall for 300 people on the second floor, overlooking the 27-hole golf course, the News-Sentinel reported.
In addition, two new membership rooms—one for those who like to socialize and the other for those who play golf, tennis, or use the swimming pool—will also be located upstairs. The new building will also feature a computer and game room, as well as new locker rooms and an exercise facility, among other new amenities, the News-Sentinel reported.
The project is expected to cost about $8 million, the News-Sentinel reported.
The new clubhouse will be designed to take care of members and non-members simultaneously. The club hosts a variety of non-golf events such as weddings throughout the year, and the second story will allow club members and event attendees to use the grounds at the same time, the News-Sentinel reported.
“Golf has seen somewhat of a decline across the country and clubs are looking for other amenities to attract people,” Keller said.
As potential new members are interviewed at Woodbridge, Keller said he has seen a shift towards younger golfers and their families. A new residential development nearby will most likely bring in the target golfing clientele Woodbridge is hoping to attract, the News-Sentinel reported.
“Many of the people we interview now have teenagers or pre-teens, and they want something for their kids to do in a club environment,” Keller said. “The population in the area is growing, and I suspect many new people who move to town will be middle-aged folks with young children. If the parents love to golf, this will be a place for them to take the whole family.”
Built in 1924 with just three holes, Woodbridge Golf & Country Club has grown to 27 holes, the News-Sentinel reported.
During construction, Morgan said the country club will remain open, with current amenities and services moved across the street, the News-Sentinel reported.
“We will continue to take care of our members during construction,” Morgan said.