The Monticello Golf Club Board of Directors has unanimously decided to replace its 101-year-old clubhouse with a new structure that is scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2013 golf season.
The current clubhouse has been deteriorating in recent years, and was in need of a few major and costly repairs, prompting the board to make the decision.
The new structure will be a 4,000-square-foot building, to be built on the same site as the current structure. It will include new bathrooms, a kitchen, and a large social area with a sunken bar and fireplace. It will be an energy-efficient facility, providing savings in utility costs. There will also be a 10-by-80-foot covered patio on the front of the building, furnished with tables and chairs.
Construction is scheduled to begin as soon as asbestos removal requirements are met. Demolition of the old structure and construction of the new one will be done by local contractors, using materials purchased locally as well.
Paying for the new facility will be done in three ways:
• Many members will donate time and labor to help contractors reduce labor costs.
• Many members have begun making donations to the finance committee.
• The remaining amount will be through financing by a local bank that has offered an attractive package.
The board hopes the first two methods will pay for one-third to one-half of the project. There will be no increase in dues to complete the project.
The club was able to raise about $25,000 in the first week of the fundraising campaign. More pledges have been promised in recent days. Pledges or donations can be made by contacting any finance/building committee member.
“We are very excited about this project, and hope to see many of you at the farewell party for our old clubhouse Nov. 24,” board president Mike Wennekamp said. “We are very much looking forward to the opening party in our new clubhouse next year.”
Members of the board are Mike Wennekamp, president; Tammy Sutterman, vice president; Mike Cox, Ben Bruggeman, John Sauser, Mike Hogan, Linda Kleinow, Tom Fah and Aaron Shoop.
The Building and Finance committee includes Dave Arduser, Jim Burdick, Tammy Sutterman and Rick Westhoff.
PHOTO: The current clubhouse at the Monticello Golf Club will be torn down and replaced. (Photo by Pete Temple)