The Chattahoochee Golf Club is getting a renovation just in time for its busier season to start in April.
The improvements focus on the golf club’s clubhouse and include an expanded dining area, new deck, larger kitchen and new carpeting and furniture.
“It just needed a face-lift. It was very outdated and not able to keep up with the golf course,” Director of Golf Rodger Hogan said.
The club, owned by the city of Gainesville, sees about 28,000 people a year, Hogan said. Large events such as high school or professional golf tournaments bring crowds to the club that its clubhouse struggled to accommodate.
“Before, we could seat about 60 people in the dining room,” Hogan said. “With the new renovation, we’ve expanded the size of the dining center, and with the addition of the deck, we’ll be able to seat over 100 people at one time, which will be a big plus when it comes to holding these charity events that we do each year.”
The new deck will have access from the dining room and extend to the end of the building, offering more seating for events.
Also, the grill and kitchen areas have been gutted, and the walls and flooring have been replaced.
Hogan said hopefully, the golf club will be able to eventually keep its restaurant open for nighttime dining.
He also said he is looking forward to regaining some extra space in the pro shop, which has been set up as a makeshift dining room while the grill has been closed for construction.
Robert Ferguson of Gainesville has been golfing at the club since the 1980s and now that he is retired, he said he usually goes at least three times a week.
The renovations, especially in the dining area, are a needed project, Ferguson said.
“Inside, you had a bar and some tables but not a whole lot of space,” Ferguson said as he finished golfing Thursday. “…When you had 100 something guys in there, there just wasn’t room for a whole lot of them to sit down.”
The work started Nov. 26, as the golf club entered its less busy winter season.
“In the wintertime, right after Thanksgiving, we don’t do many events that need the dining area,” Hogan said. “We don’t do many in December. … That’s our period of down time when we have the fewest golfers coming through here and our fewest events. We really start kicking up our events late April.”
Spring events at the golf club include the North Hall High School cheerleaders’ golf tournament, the Milton Martin Honda Classic, the Chattahoochee Junior Classic and the Rotary-Kiwanis Golf Tournament.
The city has spent $369,000 on the renovations so far, city spokeswoman Nikki Perry said. Last year, the city sold some surplus land at the golf course for $435,000 and set aside the money to fix up the golf club. $314,000 has been spent on construction, and $55,000 has been spent on furniture, Perry said.
The 183-acre municipal golf course, opened in 1960, is open year-round and located at 301 Tommy Aaron Drive in Gainesville.