The City plans to replace a nearly 52-year-old clubhouse at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club. The costs will be self-funded through golf course revenues. Council will be considering a request for approval to bid out the project on February 20, 2024. If passed by Council and the bids come in within estimates, construction is anticipated to begin this year.
To continue its success, the City has looked at additional revenue generating options during off-season. Throughout the country, golf simulators have become extremely popular and are used by many golf courses for off-season revenue generation. The current clubhouse would not accommodate the addition of golf simulators. The new clubhouse will be a significant upgrade, catering to the needs of golfers and other users while preserving the historical significance of the golf course. The planned facilities include a dining space, large-scale Pro Shop, four golf simulator bays, an indoor and outdoor fireplace, public restrooms, and back-of-the house spaces for required utilities and storage. The site improvements will provide enhancements to the current aging facilities at the golf course.
The City considered several options for a New Clubhouse that would be funded from revenues received from the golf course (not through the General Fund).
- One option was to renovate and enlarge the current building. That would require closing the building while construction was underway which would decrease revenues during that time. The renovation cost was also the highest of the three options.
- Another option was to build a new structure next to the current building. We discovered that too much of the driving range tees would be lost, and there were no other options for more tee space.
- The final option selected was to build a new structure located where the current outdoor pavilion now stands. That option would allow the course to remain open, and was the least costly of the three options. The current clubhouse, then, could be used as a rental area for birthday parties, graduation parties, and meeting space (outside of any golf-related events).
Opened in the spring of 1999, the course has become a highly recognized, beautifully manicured 18-hole course that continues to rank among the best public courses in Northeast Ohio. The upcoming improvements will enhance the overall experience for golfers and the community, contributing to the area's economic growth and recreational offerings.