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Woodbridge Golf and Country Club aims for more than golf

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 am

In an effort to become more family friendly, Woodbridge Golf and Country Club will build a brand new clubhouse where the current one stands.

Country club general manger Rick Morgan and president Jim Keller said they hope to start construction on the new clubhouse by June, with a tentative completion date of late summer 2015.

Morgan said the club is moving in a direction to separate itself from public golf courses, which typically only offer golf to patrons.

“There are a lot of family-friendly activities we offer,” he said. “And what we see for the future is to offer more for everyone in the family something to do, and make this a first class club.”

Besides golf, the club currently offers swimming and tennis, water polo and swimming teams, as well as a kids camp during the summer months, among other activities.

The current clubhouse, built in 1956, is a single-story structure about 18,000 square feet in size with a banquet hall for 180 patrons, locker rooms pro shop and lounge/dining area complete with a full bar.

Morgan said the new clubhouse will be a two-story building about 35,000 square feet and feature a banquet hall for 300 people on the second floor, overlooking the 27-hole golf course.

In addition, two new membership rooms — one for those who like to socialize and the other for those who play golf, tennis, or use the swimming pool — will also be located upstairs.

The new building will also feature a computer and game room, as well as new locker rooms and an exercise facility, among other new amenities.

The project is expected to cost about $8 million.

Morgan said the new clubhouse will be designed to take care of members and non-members simultaneously. The club hosts a variety of non-golf events such as weddings throughout the year, and the second story will allow club members and event attendees to use the grounds at the same time.

“Golf has seen somewhat of a decline across the country and clubs are looking for other amenities to attract people,” Keller said.

He said that as new potential new members are interviewed at Woodbridge, he has seen a shift towards younger golfers and their families.

Keller pointed to a new residential development near Raley’s on Lower Sacramento Road that will most likely bring in the target golfing clientele Woodbridge is hoping to attract.

“Many of the people we interview now have teenagers or pre-teens, and they want something for their kids to do in a club environment,” he said. “The population in the area is growing, and I suspect many new people who move to town will be middle-aged folks with young children. If the parents love to golf, this will be a place for them to take the whole family.”

Built in 1924 with just three holes, Woodbridge Golf and Country Club was originally located at 1907 N. Lower Sacramento Road, the site of the current Elks Lodge in Woodbridge.

Now located at 800 E. Woodbridge Road, the club has grown to 27 holes.

During construction, Morgan said the country club will remain open, with current amenities and services moved across the street.

“We will continue to take care of our members during construction,” he said.

For more information visit www.woodbridgegcc.com.

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