Clubhouse Re-Opens in January!
We have received our temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the dining areas only, allowing us to move furniture in and have our interior designers attend to the details and décor.
The kitchen and courtyards are still not complete, and work will continue on those for the next couple of weeks. We anticipate closing the Snack Bar and limiting our food and beverage service beginning January 2, 2020, so we can move equipment into the new kitchen, and train our staff.
During this period, we will have soups and a limited deli board available in the Forever Young Lounge on our normal schedule (11 am to 3 pm, Tuesday-Sunday), with just one bartender on duty for drink service. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we want to ensure all of our food and beverage staff (kitchen and service) undergo extensive training in the new space before we open for business.
If all goes as planned, we expect to re-open for member dining the week of January 14, 2020; watch your eblast for exact date. We appreciate your patience throughout this entire process, and assure you that the new space is well worth the wait! Because we expect higher usage of the new dining room, we ask that you please make
reservations for lunch, dinner and brunch by calling Carol at 733-2020.
The owner members of San Jose Country Club overwhelmingly approved a $9 million club-wide renovation project to begin in June that will significantly upgrade the facilities of one of the first private country clubs in Jacksonville.
“This is the culmination of a project that has been five years in the making,” says Don Poag, chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee that has developed the project and will oversee its construction.
“It’s a resounding statement of our membership that they are ready to commit to making San Jose the best it can be,” says Dr. Steve Hodgett, Club President.
Construction on the nearly 72-year-old club is slated to begin in June 2019 with renovations to the clubhouse that will tear down the existing member dining rooms and create one larger, central member dining area. A sleek horseshoe-shaped bar will be the focus of this new room, with dedicated areas for family and adult casual dining, a soft seating area for socializing, and a built-in millwork buffet. The bar and dining will extend outdoors with expanded seating for more than 100 diners in a covered patio area with heaters, misters and firepits for year-round comfort.
Private banquet rooms will be updated and refreshed, a wine storage and display area added, and interior corridors opened up to the dining areas for a brighter, more open atmosphere. The lobby and adjacent outdoor courtyards will be upgraded to be more welcoming, aesthetically attractive and functional for social events and gatherings. The entire kitchen will be redesigned for greater efficiency and storage.
Other areas of the clubhouse will also be refreshed. The clubhouse portion of the project is expected to be finished in early January 2020. Limited food service will be available during the construction (see schedule to the left). The Club has partnered with Chambers, a planning, architecture, and design firm that specializes in private clubs, for the Master Plan, including design and oversight. Auld & White will be the local general contractor for the project, with assistance from original San Jose clubhouse architect Ken Smith.
The golf course is the second phase of the renovation project to take place May-October of 2020. All existing grass will be replaced, greens will be resurfaced and contoured, while tees will be laser-leveled and hole #5 will be re-designed. Drainage, lake bank and bulkhead projects will be completed, and all cart paths will be graded and replaced with aggregate. The on-course restrooms will be updated and landscaping will be updated. Members will have reciprocal arrangements with other local clubs during the renovation period while the golf course is closed.
The final phase of the project begins in September 2020 after swim season ends and includes renovation of the fitness/tennis building to add a year-round ultra casual dining facility with indoor and outdoor seating to replace the existing seasonal snack bar. Locker rooms for fitness and tennis will be consolidated to larger, more modern rooms for women and men. The baby pool area will be replaced with a more hygienic splash pad, and the pool deck area refreshed. Four new pickleball courts will join the existing 12 Har-Tru tennis courts. Additional upgrades for this area are still in the planning stages, with the final phase scheduled for completion in April 2021.