Although it made a perfect backdrop for the classic Kevin Costner golf flick “Tin Cup” when it was filmed there in the mid-1990s, The Clubs of Kingwood near Houston needed a little tender loving care and help coming into the 21st century.
“We were seriously outdated, our dining room was literally a banquet room with banquet chairs and our bar consisted of two bar-stools that were at least 25 years old,” said Director of Golf Darrell Fuston.
The Clubs of Kingwood is one of the world’s largest private country clubs, therefore a significant amount of time and effort went into the reinvention; and ever since the Club’s grand re-opening in November 2012, the changes have been very apparent.
“What stands out to me is how much different the place feels, and we haven’t even gotten to our prime good weather time!” said Fuston.
The Club is located in Kingwood, Texas, a community in Northeast Houston, where a nice day never goes wasted by staying inside.
During the winter months, Members thoroughly enjoyed the new fire-pits and as the temperatures have been rising, the beautiful new outdoor covered and un-covered patios are beginning to see more traffic.
“What’s cool is we’re getting into our golf outing season and people who are not Members are coming in and their eyes are popping out,” said Fuston with a laugh.
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Since 1985, ClubCorp’s Columbia Tower Club has offered its’ Members and their guests one of the best and most breathtaking views of Seattle. For lunch you can dine while looking out over the Puget Sound and for dinner and late night drinks you can watch from 76 floors above as the sun sets on Seattle and the city bursts into sparkling lights.
As one of the many ClubCorp Clubs undergoing a reinvention, Columbia Tower Club is caught in a state of change, currently eight weeks away from completion. However, according to Club General Manager Tommy Trause, Members and visitors should still expect the same amount of “clubbyness” and connectivity but a whole new and improved clubhouse.
“It’s like they've been driving a Model T and we’re giving them a Ferrari,” Trause said. “It goes on the same road but besides that it is a complete game changer.”
Trause is proud that they were able to maintain the lobby function, so Members can still see others come in and out and easily interact with one another. Once inside the clubhouse, Trause said, Members can sit at the communal table, grab a newspaper or the communal guitar or they can start up a game of monopoly or chess and enjoy an interactive, different lunch break or happy hour.
Or if they prefer, Members can choose more private seating with floor-to-ceiling windows to marvel at their city while enjoying the fine cuisine and Enomatic Wine System or local beer.
After their reinvention, watch out for a new library nook under the stairs and binoculars on all of the tables with accompanying maps of the area.
“The new clubhouse is now going to push us to perform better,” Trause said.
The Capital Club in Montgomery, Alabama, recently revealed its newly renovated ballroom and terrace lounge to more than 250 Members, Guests, and prospective new Members resulting in the club’s biggest open of house of the year.
For the event, Executive Chef Michael Schwartz constructed a kitchen in the ballroom and amazed everyone with a live culinary presentation, preparing all the food for the event in the room. The club also held a “Name the Ballroom” contest and, after hundreds of submissions, the ballroom and terrace are now the Skyline Ballroom and Overlook Terrace.