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Shadow's getting a new look.

Byline: Ron Bellamy The Register-Guard

JUNCTION CITY - In its first major renovation since the golf course was redesigned in the 1990s, Shadow Hills Country Club is embarking on a $5.2 million project to replace its aging clubhouse with a new, larger building and to transform its driving range into a true practice facility.

Although rain has put the practice facility a few weeks behind schedule, strong progress has been made on both aspects of the project, general manager Dave Shelton said.

Last December, club members voted with a "resounding 'yes'" - 73 percent in favor - to go forward with the project, Shelton said. They authorized the club to borrow up to $2.8 million to finance building the new clubhouse and to assess themselves $3,000 each for the project.

The new 22,400-square-foot clubhouse will be situated behind the ninth and 18th greens and replace the 16,000-square-foot clubhouse near the 10th tee built in 1963 or 1964.

Including a new parking lot, cost of the building is estimated at $4.8 million, with construction to start about Aug. 22, with completion by next April.

Designed by the Eugene firm of Robertson Sherwood Architects, the new clubhouse will include lockers, an expanded pro shop, a living-room-like lobby and a larger, dividable banquet facility, with decks and a view of the golf course and a garden.

It will provide opportunities for increased revenue through staging high-end weddings and other functions, Shelton said.

A lender has been secured, and the bidding and permit processes are under way, Shelton said.

The new practice facility was designed by Dan Hixson, whose courses include Bandon Crossings and Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash.

The renovation, at an estimated cost of $400,000, will transform and expand the current driving range from eight acres to 24 acres, with three tee areas and a short-game practice area with another putting green, a chipping green and a pitching green that's 80 yards wide, offering the opportunity to practice shots from different lies and distances up to 100 yards.

The practice facility will feature a warm-up tee for golfers about to embark on their round, and two practice tees, the widest 125 yards, allowing golfers the chance to practice different shots in different wind conditions.

In addition to the much-improved short-game area, there will be target greens, and also cement discs, at 10-yard increments up to 100 yards, so golfers can learn how far they fly different wedge shots, and the south part of the range can be used for a four-hole mini-course during juniors camps.

"It's going to be great," Shelton said. "It looks great."

Shelton estimated that work would be finished by the middle of June, and that the practice facility could be ready for use by the first week of August.

Along with the construction project, Shadow Hills has launched a membership drive that so far has brought in 23 new members, Shelton said.

Through June 15, new members can purchase a full membership, both family or individual, for $3,500, compared with the usual initiation fee of $6,000, and that will cover the cost of the $3,000 project assessment. There is also the opportunity for a one-year trial membership (subject to a commitment to pay all monthly dues) and new members can also receive a credit on their monthly dues ($320 for a family, $298 for an individual) of $55 per month for the first two years.

As part of the membership drive, current members receive a two-year reduction in monthly dues if they bring in a new member. There's also a "social sports membership" that allows use of the new practice facility, as well as other club amenities, but not course privileges.
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Title Annotation:Golf; Despite some weather delays, a $5.2 million facilities facelift is moving along at Shadow Hills
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 10, 2011
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