Ames prepares to unveil new $1.4 million clubhouse at Homewood golf course. Here's a sneak peek.
Homewood Municipal Golf Course's $1.4 million new clubhouse is nearly ready for public use, and the Ames Tribune got an inside look Thursday.
The tour revealed a spacious community room, soaring ceilings and a beautiful view.
The clubhouse is expected to open for business May 1, barring any last-minute construction hiccups. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for noon May 10.
In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at what you can expect to find.
The community room, which will be available for the public to rent, can seat 80 people, said Keith Abraham, director of Ames Parks & Recreation. The clubhouse area can seat 24. The two areas can be divided by a temporary partition or the whole facility can be rented on non-golf event days.
The former clubhouse was an old farmhouse that was moved to the golf course in 1967 when the Ames bought the land to use as a municipal golf course. Before then, the area had been a privately owned golf course since 1932.
The Ames Fire Department burned the old clubhouse as a training exercise, and the new facility was built in approximately the same place.
With an exterior of native limestone and cedar planks, roof beams from the exposed ceiling inside extend through the outside walls and provide an architectural detail that has a pop of color against the dark soffits. The roof is finished with steel shingles.
Inside, soaring ceilings offer an industrial look as the ventilation and fire sprinkler systems are exposed. A limestone fireplace in the community room sits between large windows that provide a lovely view.
“Our guests will have great views of the trees and the ravine, the wildlife that we have here – deer, birds, squirrels,” Abraham said.
Homewood had about 100 trees affected by the derecho last August.
There is still some cleanup left to do, but tree damage has been addressed in the parts of the golf course and along the trails where they posed a danger to people.
A large pull-down screen will be available in the community room along with large television screens mounted on the walls in that room and the clubhouse room.
The clubhouse will feature a pro shop area with tables and chairs and will have hot dogs, beverages and munchies for sale.
A patio overlooking the ninth green will offer table seating. The patio will be a perfect place for league members to enjoy a drink while watching other golfers on the final green, Abraham said. It will also be open to the public and will be available for groups that rent the community room.
The exposed beams offer up-lighting as well as down, which provides a lightness of the cedar ceiling and emphasizes the contrast with the dark roofing beams.
“We did go with geothermal heating and LED lighting,” Abraham said. “We tried to do as much as we could from a conservation, environmentally sound idea.”
The facility offers two gender-neutral restrooms, plenty of storage and office space for staff. Manager Nate Pietz will have his office in the clubhouse.
On the lower level, there is a parking garage that can house about 20 golf carts.
“Generally we have about 10 carts, but if we have an outing, we can bring in some additional carts and have plenty of room for them,” Abraham said.
The clubhouse project was funded by a donation combined with local option sales tax and money from the general fund savings, Abraham said.