After the better part of a decade constructing an updated course and clubhouse, the management team at the Barrie Country Club (BCC) is looking for other ways to improve this nearly 100-year-old facility.
Throughout last year, members, their guests and tournament participants enjoyed the new state-of-the-art clubhouse that opened November 2007.
“The building has met everyone’s expectations,” says BCC general manager John Peters. “The members are proud of it and very actively using it, and the community has certainly embraced it.
“It’s the place to hold an event in Barrie right now.”
But Peters isn’t content to coast on the hard work that’s been done to date.
“We have a couple of major projects on the books for this fall,” he reports, referring to the planned reconstruction of the sixth and seventh greens. “We had our golf architect Graham Cooke here today to review the projects.”
An earlier assessment of the area suggested changes were in order.
“The grade is higher than is deemed to be fair under current standards,” explains Peters. “So, we’re going to modify the playing surface to ensure that they’re fair.
“(The change) also allows us more variety of pin placements.”
There are a number of other smaller projects, involving tee decks and overall course conditioning, that will also be tackled, he adds.
Otherwise, Peters says he’ll be working on letting everyone know about this great facility at the edge of Barrie.
There are a few membership spots still available for purchase, he says, but the current roster is almost at capacity. Despite the current economic woes, approximately 600 of the available 620 spots are occupied.
“We haven’t lost more members this year than in any other year,” he says.
An associate membership program was introduced in 2007 allowing interested prospects to “try on” a full membership for a year before signing on for good. Peters says the initiative has had a good conversion rate.
“If the lifestyle fits, they’re quite happy to commit long term,” he confirms.
To provide extra value to members and offer them alternative golf experiences, the BCC has entered into reciprocal contracts with other private clubs in Ontario.
In addition to golf memberships, the BCC also offers affordable social memberships that focus on the non-golf benefits of the club. Even so, it does include limited course privileges.
Corporate golf memberships are the other option. Companies can designate two individuals for membership (and those two named members may be changed when necessary for a nominal fee). As a bonus, corporate members can also choose from three additional packages. Options include a spousal social memberships; a junior membership plus five guest passes; or five guest passes, a private lesson and 10 free cart passes.
Peters says there has been interest in the BCC shown from Toronto residents seeking retirement communities that mirror services they currently enjoy.
BCC members have the option of unlimited play in their area when the Barrie club is hosting the Ontario Professional Golf Association championships every year.
“We’ve done it for the past six years,” says Peters. “It’s a big competitive event.”
During the two-day tournament, BCC members can enjoy reciprocal privileges all over the province. It’s also two days when the public is invited into the Barrie facility to watch the competition.
Corporate and charity tournaments through the year (on Mondays only) are another way non-members have a chance to play the BCC course. Wedding and banquet guests have the opportunity to view the grounds from the lofty balcony that provides an expansive view of the entire area while they enjoy all the services the new clubhouse has to offer.
To find out more about everything at the BCC, visit www.barriecountryclub.com.