MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. – A new era has dawned at Maggie Valley Club with the unveiling of a multi-million dollar clubhouse renovation.
The project, which spanned two years, redesigned and rebuilt the clubhouse at a cost of $6 million. The goal was to create a crown jewel for the new Maggie Valley Club, a master-planned golf and residential community and resort.
Heavy attention was paid to detail in every aspect of the 18,000-square-foot structure. From its rustic southern Appalachian exterior to its "casually elegant" interior, the clubhouse is wowing members and guests alike.
"We’re building on the great heritage of this property and its history of hospitality," said Mike Toohey, director of development. "This renovation is a marvel. It’s so complete and total, you almost don’t recognize it."
The new clubhouse provides a wealth of amenities, such as: fine dining, casual dining, luxurious men’s and women’s locker rooms, fitness center, meeting rooms with state-of-the-art audio/visual components, high speed wireless Internet, balconies and decks overlooking the golf course, cozy gathering rooms with stone fireplaces, and an upscale, detached golf shop.
"The design is both casually elegant and practical. When you’re in the building for a function or just hanging out, there is a very good flow," Toohey said. "It’s people-friendly and lends itself to the types of uses you want in a clubhouse."
A popular aspect for members, guests and the public is the return of food and beverage service. The Pin High Bar & Grille offers breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week in a casual setting, while more upscale fare is available in the Renaissance dining room Thursday through Sunday.
"The return of dining options has added new life to the club," said general manager Richard Brucki. "We encourage folks to come taste the delicacies of our chef, Brian Broderick."
The reopened clubhouse has been warmly welcomed by members, as well as golfers staying in the club’s condominiums. They’re taking advantage of all dining options, as well as the big-screen plasma TVs, fitness center, and massage therapist service.
"Our owners did their homework. They didn’t cut corners," said golf superintendent Mike Stamey, who has been at the club 17 years. "Everything is right there. It provides total service and is user-friendly. I’ve been in some clubhouses where you wind around and get lost. You don’t have that here."
Architectural services were provided by Foxhollow Goodson Architecture of Knoxville, Tenn., while Tutwiler Design of Montgomery, Ala., handled interior design. General contractor was Clark & Leatherwood of Waynesville, N.C.
"We’re thrilled with how the building turned out," Toohey said. "It reflects a craftsman style of architecture with tapered stone columns, rough-hewn siding and tin-accent roofing that captures the style of the southern Appalachians."
Toohey is especially pleased with the interior. The goal there was to inject a sense of style, yet maintain a comfortable "homey" feel.
"There is an evolution going on in the club world. The old-line, coat-and-tie stuffiness is diminishing," said Brucki, the general manager. "Newer professionals and retired folks want relaxed elegance where you can experience a wonderful meal in casual attire. That’s what we now offer at Maggie Valley Club."
For information on the new clubhouse or to inquire about dining, golf, condominium rentals or real estate options, call the new Maggie Valley Club at (800) 438-3861 or visit: www.maggievalleyclub.com.
Craig Distl (704) 377-8622