CA Plans March 12 Community Meeting to Discuss Changes to the Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club Clubhouse

The Columbia Association (CA) will host an informational community meeting on March 12 to discuss the Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club Clubhouse Redevelopment project. The meeting, scheduled for 7pm at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance, is open to the community at large. Last month, CA and The H. Chambers Company hosted two meetings to discuss the redevelopment project with local golfers and members of the Harper’s Choice village community.

The CA Board has approved up to $6 million for the clubhouse redevelopment project. In recent months, a work team of representatives from the golfing community, the Harper’s Choice community, the Harper’s Choice Village Board and CA staff have met to examine space planning and programming, options for the existing building and site surveys. Cynthia Coyle, Harper’s Choice representative on the CA Board, also serves on the work team.

According to CA’s Sport and Fitness Division Director, Bob Bellamy, the clubhouse redevelopment project represents a potential forty-year investment in the community. The work team process, therefore, is aimed at obtaining significant and meaningful input from all interested parties. Throughout the process, Chambers and the work team have sponsored meetings with various community groups interested in this project to listen to their wants and ideas. As a result of this input to date, the work team members have made suggestions including inside seating for groups of golfers. They have expressed a desire to maintain the intimacy of the current clubhouse, but also allow for use by large groups and to maintain harmony with the existing neighborhood architecture.

The Columbia Association broke ground for the current clubhouse in 1966. The building was meant to be temporary and was scaled down from original plans due to economic reasons. It underwent minor renovations in the early 2000s. CA staff initially proposed significant renovations to the existing building in FY2010 to replace the HVAC system, windows and roof and make improvements to the electrical system and cart shed as well as eliminate a chronic odor problem. Their plan, according to Bellamy, included improving energy efficiency in the building.

Bellamy also says that the architects plan to create three concepts for the project. One is a completely new building and one a renovation of the current building, using the existing footprint. They will also develop an “architect’s choice” option, in which they will look at the entire Hobbit’s Glen complex and conceive a master plan for the property.

After the March 12 meeting, architects from The H. Chambers Company will then review what they have heard from community members and golfers and present their final designs for the clubhouse to the CA Board of Directors this spring.

If you’re interested in participating in the discussion on the redevelopment of the Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club Clubhouse, we encourage you to attend the community meeting on Monday, March 12, at 7pm at Amherst House (7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia). RSVP for the meeting here.

You can also learn more about the project by visiting ColumbiaAssociation.org/HobbitsGlen.

 

— Written by Sue Zolnick

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