Call it a “sign of the times.’’ The new, $23 million clubhouse at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fla., is part of a new breed of clubhouse. That is, one that serves a purpose more than just a place where members can check in for golf and have dinner on Saturday nights
Clubhouses at private clubs today are being designed and built as centerpieces of the club community. Whereas a club’s golf courses (Quail Ridge has 36 holes) remain the carrots that attract a lot of members, more and more clubs are either building new clubhouses or renovating existing clubhouses as ways to maintain members and attract new members, particularly Millennials.
“The golf courses are still a primary reason to join the club, but members expect more than just good golf,’’ said Quail Ridge CC General Manager Bill Langley. “They expect a clubhouse that serves as their home away from home to be just as comfortable and special. In addition, there must be a variety of other amenities such as Fitness, Spa, Tennis, Pickleball and ‘clubs within clubs’ to attract the entire family. In today’s club, it’s not just golf, it’s Lifestyle.
“The original clubhouse was more than 40 years old and had been added on so many times that it had become a challenge to operate at a level that would satisfy our current and future members. The building also had many of its elements, such as AC and plumbing, that were at or near the end of their useful lives.’’
The new 38,000 square-foot clubhouse, which opened this past December, includes five dining rooms, an indoor and outdoor grille room, two outdoor dining patios, a lobby, a library, new Men’s and Ladies’ locker rooms and a larger Golf Shop. The two dining patios are ideal for lunches and looking at over the golf courses. The “Quail’s Nest,’’ offers casual inside an outside dining venue that features inside and outside dining, two bars and a six-fire pit casual conversation area.
The “Old Florida’’ island style clubhouse also has enhanced views of the putting green, driving range, waterfall, tower clock and short-game practice area.
Langley refers to the clubhouse as the new ‘Bricks and Mortar’ vision for what Quail Ridge wants to be.
“All of the amenities are perfectly positioned to serve the members from the very impressive entry, Men’s and Ladies locker rooms, a golf pro shop and retail place that sets the new standard for Pro Shops and dining venues that take advantage of the spectacular views of the golf courses,’’ he said.
In addition to the clubhouse and Joe Lee-designed golf courses, Quail Ridge is home to 946 residences, 16 Har-Tru tennis courts, a spa and fitness Center, community pools and miles of walking trails.
“We have witnessed a large increase in usage of the clubhouse as members make the club their ’first choice’ for dinner and socializing,’’ Langley said. “In addition, it has spurred real estate sales in the community to our best year ever.’’