Pelham Golf Clubhouse gets makeover

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While in the past, the Bronx wasn’t known for country club-style golf outings or parties, one company is betting on the borough as it readies a new facility to host weddings, corporate events and social galas.

The clubhouse at the Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course, at 870 Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park, a fixture on the two 18-hole golf courses, will receive a complete remodel by September.

American Golf, which manages the golf course, is creating a new catering facility for private functions. The space will include a bridal suite, private bathrooms and an all-new kitchen facility with chef.

In addition, outside the white-columned clubhouse, American Golf is installing a seasonal, fully heated and air-condition 2,700 square-foot pavilion.

The facility will accommodate hundreds of guests who can also make full use of the indoor dance floor.

All private events will be held in seclusion from the rest of the facility, which as always, will be open to the public and boost a new bar and grill, pro-shop and bathrooms.

“This is one of the premium venues in the area,” said Tom Gebbie of American Golf. “We are now more than just a golf course; we are an alternative for weddings, sweet sixteens, bah mitzvahs, corporate events and fundraisers.”

Gebbie said the site has never had a catering facility before, and he feels it’s something the Bronx and surrounding area are ready for.

“I think that when we open in a few months, we will have something unique in the Bronx,” Gebbie continued. “The clubhouse is like a country mansion. The Bronx is filled with catering halls, but they are just catering halls, not a golf resort.”

 The first major event the new catering facility will host is a golf outing for the Bronx Historical Society in September, when work is fully completed. The Bronx Chamber of Commerce will host its golf outing in June, as the over $7 million construction begins to commence.

While the two golf courses remain open to the public, the art-deco building has been closed for two years while under construction.

Gebbie said the facility’s new configuration will offer the best of both worlds to both public golfers and private function attendees.

“Because we are a public course, we will not infringe on those who come here to use the golf course,” Gebbie stated. “But we want to offer the esthetics of a private country club.”

Updated 5:29 pm, October 21, 2011
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