Remodeled clubhouse offers improved views of the golf course
It’s been a year of change for Eugene Country Club, which this summer reopened its clubhouse after an $11.8 million remodeling project that began in June 2016 and last spring unveiled a striking new logo, a streamlined rendition of a Douglas fir with the trunk bisecting the date the club was founded, 1899.
In approving funds for the massive clubhouse upgrade, in three separate votes, ECC members were swayed by the argument that their first-class golf course deserved a first-class clubhouse facility, and agreed to increase their monthly dues by $59, with much of the project financed by club reserves.
Key elements of the renovation, which expanded the clubhouse size by 5,500 square feet, to 44,000, include:
- A new, and grander covered grand entrance, featuring sweeping views of the golf course, including the 18th green and beyond.
- A relocated, expanded and much-modernized members’ dining room — which basically swapped places with the space used for group functions — with views of the course from behind the ninth green.
- An expanded outside dining area, with room for 100 people, almost double the previous capacity, and a new fitness room, just under 2,000 square feet, with windows overlooking the first tee and out to the golf course.
General manager Rich Spurlin said members’ responses have been “overwhelmingly positive,” particularly in regard to the freshened interior decor which gives the facility a more unified look. He said the club membership — 500 golf members and roughly 200 social members — is full and that the club has a waiting list.
The new logo was created by AHM Brands of Eugene, and Spurlin said the golf shop has done a brisk business selling shirts, hats, golf bags and other items with the new design.
(Originally published Eugene Register-Guard, Sept. 19, 2017)