Around the Nation: Atlantic Athletic Club course renovation begins, Sandridge GC and Houston CC planning clubhouse renovations

  • Atlanta Athletic Club; Sandridge Golf Club; rendering of Houston Country Club

The Atlanta Athletic Club is teaming up with golf development and construction company Landscapes Unlimited and architect Tripp Davis to revitalize its Riverside Course.

The course will be improved by the addition of a top-of-the-line irrigation system, enhanced drainage and the sand capping of fairways. Other changes will include improvements to the bunkers, tees, greens and fairways. Additionally, multiple setup options will be added course-wide to allow players to tailor their experience to their own preferences.

The club’s Highlands Course will remain open during the renovation.

The AAC has hosted many high-profile events during its lifetime, from the men’s and women’s U.S. Open in 1976 and 1990 to three men’s PGA Championships in 1981, 2001 and 2011, as well as the Men’s U.S. Amateur in 2014.

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Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla., is looking to begin a clubhouse expansion project this fall. Set to be completed in the fall of 2023, the project will construct a new 18,000-sq. ft. clubhouse with a restaurant and bar and banquet facilities.

The new clubhouse will occupy the vacant space northwest of the current clubhouse, at which time the old clubhouse will be razed and an expanded staging area for golf carts will be created, along with additional club parking. This will increase the club’s parking capacity from 80 to 206 vehicles.

With a proposed cost of $5.5 million, the county will begin taking bids from construction firms in July, with the goal of breaking ground in early fall.

The club currently hosts multiple events every year, but their size constraints and limited food and beverage capabilities have limited their potential, according to Bela Nagy, director of golf for the club.

“The new clubhouse will provide us with full banquet facilities,” he said. “We also expect to attract new opportunities, such as weddings and other parties. This gives us the ability to have more events and generate more revenue.”

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The Houston Country Club is planning to execute an $8.7 million remodel of its clubhouse, according to the Houston Business Journal.

The club was issued building permits by the city of Houston, and records filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and regulation (TDLR) state that the focus of the work will be a 16,849-sq. ft. kitchen and employee work area, in addition to a round of interior remodeling. Approximately 2,446 sq. ft. will be added to the existing clubhouse in the process.

Another facet of the remodel is the addition of eight self-service water and ice stations next to the tennis courts.

EDI International, a design firm based in Houston and known for hospitality projects, has been hired to guide the remodeling process. The club noted in the filings with TDLR that the goal is to complete the project this summer.

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