Golfers at the Chattahoochee Golf Club can now stop for a meal at the newly renovated clubhouse after spending the day on the course.
The club, owned by the city of Gainesville, sees about 28,000 people a year, and the renovations have almost doubled the clubhouse’s capacity for large events.
“It’s turned out great,” Director Rodger Hogan said. “The colors look good, and it’s been well-received by the golfers.”
Work started Nov. 26, as the club entered its slower winter season.
The expansion of the dining area and the addition of a new deck will allow the clubhouse to seat more than 100 people. Before, the capacity was 60, and the room could get crowded when the club hosted large events like high school or professional tournaments.
Hogan said the clubhouse has already hosted several events since reopening in early May, including the Rotary-Kiwanis Golf Tournament and the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour. On Monday, the North Hall High School cheerleaders hosted a tournament there.
“It was really nice to host that event and have all the space you need. People had a space to sit and eat and (it was) not crowded,” Hogan said.
The grill and kitchen areas were gutted, and the flooring and walls were replaced.
The grill opens 30 minutes before the day’s first tee time, which is usually about 7:30 or 8 a.m., Hogan said. It closes at about 7 p.m. and hours will adjust for daylight savings time.
Hogan said staff is exploring the option of keeping the grill open for nighttime dining to offer people in the area another restaurant option.
“They would try it on a limited basis, try maybe a Friday night or Saturday night and see how that goes, and then try to expand from that point,” Hogan said.
Reopening the dining area has also helped the pro shop regain some retail space. Some food and drinks had been available there during the renovations.
“I had about half the pro shop covered up with coolers and coffee and drinks,” Hogan said. “…It’s nice to have that opened back up and have some space in the shop.”
The project was completed by local company Hartley Construction Co. In 2018, the city made $435,000 from selling extra land on the outskirts of the property and set aside that money for the renovations, city spokeswoman Nikki Perry said in March. Perry said the city has spent about $369,000 on the renovations.