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2017-11-15 / Real Estate

Magnolia Green’s new clubhouse opens to public

BY RICH GRISET STAFF WRITER


Magnolia Green opened its new $5.6 million clubhouse, featuring a full-service restaurant, golf pro shop and an outdoor event space, on Monday. 
JAMES HASKINS Magnolia Green opened its new $5.6 million clubhouse, featuring a full-service restaurant, golf pro shop and an outdoor event space, on Monday. JAMES HASKINS When Magnolia Green Golf Club first opened seven years ago, its clubhouse wasn’t exactly palatial.

Indeed, when the Moseley development opened the initial nine holes of its golf course – with a 10th used as a driving range – its clubhouse was headquartered inside a trailer. Though club manager Bobby Kidder says his earlier clubhouse was “the nicest trailer outside of the Governor’s Mansion of West Virginia,” his new digs are an obvious upgrade.

On Monday, Magnolia Green officially opened its new, $5.6 million, two-story, 15,000-square foot clubhouse to the public. Designed by Tony Paladino, principal architect for Paladino Architecture, the Craftsman-style clubhouse has a prime location next to three holes and a driving range. Boasting a full-service restaurant and bar, golf pro shop, patios and an outdoor event space intended for weddings, it’s clear the club was built to accommodate more than its 235 club members. The Grille at Magnolia Green, the club’s restaurant and bar, can seat 186 indoors. A section of the restaurant can be partitioned off for private events to hold roughly 60 people.

Kidder stresses that eating at Magnolia Green will be a different experience from that of other golf clubs.

“It’s a cross between Outback [Steakhouse] and Bonefish [Grill],” Kidder explains. “We are not a golf course restaurant. We are a standalone restaurant that just happens to have a world-class golf course next to it.”

Standing inside his shiny new kitchen, executive chef David Switzer says he’s looking forward to serving up fare that includes tacos, sliders, wings, steak and seafood. “Our plan for the menu is sort of a brew pub idea,” says Switzer, before pointing out his stone pizza oven that can accommodate eight pizzas at a time. The restaurant plans to hold theme nights for entrees like pizza and prime rib, as well as special events for holidays like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s. Though open for business, The Grille will operate a partial menu until later this month.

In addition to the menu and a full bar that includes both domestic and craft drafts, The Grille also offers 11 flat-screen TVs.

“We’ll have every major [sports] event: Super Bowl, World Series, you name it,” says Tom Page, Magnolia Green’s general manager.

As many golf clubs have a hard time sustaining themselves on golf alone, Page says they’re trying to invite the public in through their restaurant and by holding events like weddings at the club. Already, the club has hosted two weddings, and has eight more on the books.

Of course, golf is also a draw to the clubhouse. After eight more holes, a driving range and two practice greens were added two years ago – featuring a Nicklaus Design in association with a Tom Clark layout – Magnolia Green’s 18 holes were named one of America’s Top Ten Best New Courses by Golf Digest in 2015. The course is open to the public, and is on pace to see 32,500 rounds of golf played in 2017.

“We really offer a private club experience, but at semi-private prices,” Page says.

Another unique feature of the clubhouse is its location between the first, ninth and 10th holes, offering views down the fairway.

For Kidder, it’s a point of pride: “You don’t get to see many golf clubs that show [views] down three holes.” ¦

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