As a country club ages there will be a shift in the appeal and desirability of the faciliites. Clubhouses will often have an outdated look and have undesirable smells from years of events. While the facility may be fully functional country clubs that do not have ongoing cycles of remodeling of the facilities will find that they get used less and less over the years until it is difficult to maintian membership. This is known as functional obsolescence and is often an issues with older country clubs with boards that are divided on how it should be addressed.
Based on our experience with thousands of communities we typically recommend the bellow remodel schedules to meet membership expectations.
- Kitchen remodel at 20 years
- Bathroom remodel at 20 years
- Cosmetic remodel of recreation / meeting rooms at 20 years
There is often a divide in the Board of country clubs when voting to conduct these remodels. Some members will see no reason to remodel a kitchen and bathroom which are still functional even though outdated. This can often be attributed to generation appeal differences and the desire to keep dues as low as possible. It has been our experience though that refraining from these updates will result in membership which does not use the facilities and eventually the loss of membership as it is not worth the expense for them.
With adequate planning and budgeting for these updates / remodels the impact on dues will be minimal, another reason to have a reserve study completed early on for a country club and not after all these items need to be addressed.