Community Feedback Desired in Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club Clubhouse Redevelopment

Community-wide meeting to be held Monday, March 12, at Amherst House

The Columbia Association (CA) invites residents and members to attend a community-wide meeting on the redevelopment of the Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club Clubhouse on Monday, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance Village Center. This meeting will consist of a presentation by the H. Chambers Company, the consulting architectural/engineering firm hired for the redevelopment, on the initial programming document and the preliminary conceptual options/elevations developed to date. Following the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to comment on the preliminary options as well as respond to a one-page exit survey.

Over the past two months, the project work team, consisting of CA advisory committee members, CA staff and Chambers, has been meeting to develop a plan for improvements to the Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club Clubhouse. Work preformed to date has included development of the preliminary planning and design considerations; review of existing conditions; site surveying; and early preliminary conceptual options for both renovating and replacing the existing structure. To assist in this effort, CA staff and Chambers are conducting a series of community meetings to engage various stakeholders in the clubhouse redevelopment discussion. Earlier this month, Chambers met with two stakeholder groups, golfers and the Harper’s Choice Village community. The feedback will be valuable information as the work team continues in the development of three options, which will be presented to the CA Board of Directors in April for their review and approval.

Registration for the community meeting is encouraged, but not required. Register online at http://hobbits-glen-clubhouse-community-meeting.eventbrite.com/. Amherst House is located at 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Learn more about this project at ColumbiaAssociation.org/HobbitsGlen.


Background of the Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club Clubhouse

The original Clubhouse was constructed in 1967. From historical accounts, the original structure was the result of economic-based compromises; severely reduced in size and grandeur from the originally planned structure. Further, accounts from various persons and organizations refer to the current structure as “temporary.” The facility has had several additions to accommodate the changing needs of the community since the initial construction.

In 2011, the CA Board approved up to six million dollars to either renovate or replace the clubhouse. The clubhouse is more than 40 years old; is not energy efficient; and many of the major building systems, such as roofing, HVAC, plumbing and electric, need to be replaced. In addition to these necessary renovations, a number of enhancements have been requested.

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