Park Hills has recently changed ownership, and there are quite a few improvements being made to the golf course and to the club’s other facilities.
“Our #1 priority has been the greens,” explained managing partner Dru Lammle. “We have been filling in the damaged spots using chemicals, fertilizer and water.”
The irrigation system has also been another emphasis. 95% of the sprinkler heads have been located and identified, and repairs are on-going. “I’m really pleased and excited with the progress we have made in getting the irrigation system fully operational,” Lammle said. “All the greens are on electronic timers and we can fire the fairway sprinklers manually, so we should be able to get plenty of water on the course.”
The clubhouse is also undergoing extensive renovation. The “heartbeat” of the clubhouse will be the newly remodeled Bogey’s Bar and Grill, where a “casual menu” will be available. The kitchen has been renovated and new paint and floor coverings are also evident, as are updates to the restrooms. New air conditioning will keep the club comfortable, and a new roof will keep the rainwater out. Bogey’s is currently operational, but parts of the rest of the clubhouse are still under construction.
Bogey’s will soon boast an outdoor concrete patio with all-new furniture, which Lammle envisions as a casual gathering place and a site for outdoor evening events. The golf course and Bogey’s Bar and Grill are semi-private, meaning the public is welcome. Burgers, salads and sandwiches will form the basis of the permanent menu, but there will also be occasional specials of Italian food, steak, prime rib, seafood and the like.
There are three other rooms in the clubhouse that will be used for special events. They are the Legends meeting room, the Champions Room which is the former “hearthroom”, and the Augusta Room for dances/banquets. The rooms all interconnect, so events of any size can be accommodated. “We have already had some bookings,” Lammle reported. “We can do weddings, reunions, business meetings…you name it.”
Civic clubs will also be using the facilities for meetings again soon. “Rotary is coming back in May and Pilot Club in June,” said Lammle.
A June 15 “grand opening” event is planned for Park Hills members, and other social events are in the works as well. Holidays and major sporting events are some of the themes that are planned for club members. “We are planning some fun things like a casino night,” Lammle intimated. “We will still have the popular member-guest tournament, and a couple of scrambles sponsored by the club. And, of course, we will still host tournaments that are put on by other organizations.”
Page 2 of 2 - The swimming pool is currently not operational, but Lammle has not ruled out the possibility of getting it going again. “We are currently investigating the expense of repairs,” Lammle stated. “Depending on the cost and the level of interest among the membership, we may be able to get some donations and get the pool open again.”
One focus for the club will be to attract new membership, especially among the young professionals of Pratt. A new open league on Thursday nights will be aimed at that group. “We want to bring some new life into the place,” expressed Lammle. Social memberships are $40/month; junior dues $100/month; and single/family memberships are $135/month.
There have been many changes to Park Hills, and there is more to come. If you haven’t been to Park Hills to play golf lately, or to Bogey’s Bar and Grill to dine or just relax, make it a point to go out and give it a try. Remember, the golf course and Bogey’s are open to the public.