Country club begins renovations
A country club in the area is looking to bring its members together with a renovation project.
Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, just north of Grand Rapids, at 5801 Northland Dr. NE, said construction has started on the project. An official groundbreaking will be held on Oct. 25, and construction is slated to wrap up next April, in time for the fourth-annual Meijer LPGA Classic.
“With the great support and vision of our members, we will now have great dining and social facilities to match our world-class golf course,” Blythefield President Kim Gary said.
The renovations will include consolidating dining options to the main clubhouse and increasing the space and offerings of the pro shop in the golf building, said Jaclyn DiPiazza, Blythefield director of events, marketing and membership.
The last renovation was in 1991, DiPiazza said.
Blythefield member Tim Koster said the country club has focused on maintaining and upgrading the course, but the time has come to update the facilities with the success of the course.
Koster said membership had discussed tearing down the existing buildings, but renovations were selected to “maintain culture and tradition.”
Currently, there is a dining area in the golf building where golf members often remain following a round of golf, DiPiazza said.
An expanded pro shop will take the dining area’s space in the golf building.
“Right now, the way things work is not efficient,” DiPiazza said.
A new, expanded patio will be built, including fire pits, Koster said.
The interior of the clubhouse will be upgraded and made to feel more “pub-like,” he said.
In the current configuration, most golf members dine in the golf building, while social members remain in the clubhouse, DiPiazza said. She also said dining hours and options will be expanded.
“Right now, our social and golf members don’t interact that much,” DiPiazza said. “We want to make it so everyone will come together.”
Firms on the project
The 18 hole, 6,838-yard golf course opened in 1928 and was designed by William Langford.
Blythefield hosted the Meijer LPGA Classic in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and will host the 2017 tournament June 13-18, 2017.