The community of Newport Beach is known for its high class and luxury, but over the years a few of its key buildings have fallen into disrepair after years of robust use. One of those buildings is the Newport Beach Country Club, which is now celebrating its 60th year in operation with a massive renovation of its outdated facility.
The facility is the latest site to undergo a major revamp as several local yacht and country clubs have been busy renovating in order to appeal to a growing population of young professionals in Southern California.
“Our goal is to attract younger professionals and their families,” club principal Todd Pickup said in a news release reported on in the Daily Pilot. “The design, with its enhanced food and beverage venues, fitness facility and resort-style pool, appeals to this important demographic.”
The Newport Beach Country Club was originally founded in 1954 and is now looking to update its status from just a regular golf club, to a full-service country club with new luxury amenities. The new two-story clubhouse, designed in the “California coastal craftsman style,” will include a grill and bar area, private dining room and a meeting room. The dining areas will afford guests expansive views of the course and surrounding landscape with large-paneled windows and ample terrace space. Brand new to the facility will be a 4,000-square-foot ballroom, which will be able to entertain functions of up to 300 people.
The construction process began October 2 and is expected to finish by October 2015, just ahead of the PGA Champions Tour’s 21st annual Toshiba Classic golf tournament, which the country club is slated to host from October 26 to November 1.
Newport Beach Yacht, Country Clubs Strive To Keep Up
As Newport Beach and other Orange County communities become inundated with young, successful home owners, the need to update many of its facilities has become apparent. Along with the Newport Beach Country Club, other yacht clubs and golf courses in the area have opted to revamp their own facilities in order to appeal to a more buttoned down, yet affluent crowd.
For many clubs, this has meant doing away with traditions that younger generations may consider stuffy such as the mandatory jacket and tie attire to be worn to dinner, or serving food under glistening silver domes on tables covered in white linens. These classic elements are now being replaced with mainstays of newer generations such as flat-screen televisions, and interactive elements for wifi users.
Although many area clubs found great value in these traditions, appealing to a more universal set of consumers held even more value for many club owners. Once considered the “Old Men’s Clubs,” Newport Beach’s newest facilities are now much more accepting, and appealing to all members of the family.
“It wasn’t like going to some place that you were just visiting,” said Marsha Santry of the recently renovated Balboa Bay Club, to the Daily Pilot. “It was going to some place that you were a part of.”
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