By Luke Lavoie, email@example.com
1:15 PM EDT, April 8, 2013
The demolition of the clubhouse at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club in Harper's Choice is expected to begin in October.
"The schedule for the process is moving along nicely," said Bob Hickman, Chairman of the Board for H. Chambers, the architecture company hired for the $6 million project.
"We've tracked the timing in the past and think the plans are thought through and well done. Things can always happen, but we are pretty confident."
The 46-year-old clubhouse also is the home of the Coho Grill restaurant, which will close during construction and then reopen. The golf course will remain open during construction, according to Columbia Association Chief Operating Officer Rob Goldman.
The new clubhouse, approximately 11,000-square feet, will include outdoor patio seating, an enhanced 150-seat indoor dining space and a tented lawn space, which would be used for special events like weddings, Hickman said. It also will include an expanded pro shop and men's and women's locker rooms.
The project is expected to be completed in October of 2014.
Construction of a $250,000 turn house between the ninth and 10th holes will begin at the same time as the clubhouse construction.
The turn house, which will have restrooms and snacks for golfers, is expected to be ready for the 2014 golf season.
Coho Grill owner Chuck Sachs said he will welcome back the 35 to 50 employees laid off during construction.
"We understand they will need to find employment while we're closed," he said.
According to Sachs, the restaurant has tentatively scheduled its closing date for November 1.
"When it's all said and done, it's going to be a really attractive facility," said Sachs, who will be operating a food service trailer staffed by 4 to 5 employees during construction.
"We are going from an old building into a brand new, modern building. And we're designing it, really, based on what customers are looking for," he said.
Sachs said the new facility offers the restaurant a lot of flexibility.
"The new facility will also allow us to cater to the golfing community, and there's the potential for weddings and parties," Sachs said.
Sachs said the menu will contain old favorites and add some new dishes.
"I think the menu is going to go up a level. I think the whole restaurant is going to move up a step," Sachs said. "We're going to keep the friendliness that we have, but we're going to take it up a notch. It's going to be a very exciting place to be."