TAMPA PALMS — The Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club is in full swing again after the completion of a $2 million cosmetic makeover.
The renovation project culminated on Sept. 20 with a lavish reopening of the club members’ dining hall renamed Elements.
Several hundred well-dressed club members and guests celebrated in grand style as the country club, owned by Dallas-based ClubCorp, welcomed the improvements to the upscale golfing destination at 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd.
“This is not only your dad’s country club anymore,” said David Kupstas, general manager at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club.
A major part of Kupstas’ mission is to lead the reinvention of the country club in its 26th year of existence, he said. The club aims to attract more young families new to the area.
That’s why the country club is changing the way it does business, Kupstas said. The renovation and remodeling project includes upgrading the experience, not just the atmosphere.
Upgrades began several months ago on the golf course and clubhouse grounds.
The club spent more than $1 million to refresh landscaping, including adding trees and resurfacing the golf paths.
Construction began in the spring on a $1 million remodel of the clubhouse’s interior space.
It culminated with the grand reopening of the members’ dining and socializing area, previously known as the Lakeview Grille. The space, which once accommodate 60 people, now is large enough to seat 160.
The new Elements is a lavishly furnished space with a large, new bar and expanded dining cafe.
A part of the dining hall was converted to accommodate a high-tech media lounge to watch televised sports and current events on eight flat screen televisions. Three cabana tables are equipped with individual televisions.
A game room area is in the works, Kupstas said.
The club also added a new outdoor patio and dining area with fire pits overlooking the lake and 17th hole behind the clubhouse.
Club members praised the club interior and exterior improvements.
“It’s really nice; it’s like a different club,” said member Lenda Naimoli, who attended the grand opening.
Her twin sister, Glenda Young, also a longtime club member, agreed.
“It’s a wonderful place to hang out with your friends and play tennis, a golf game or whatever you want to enjoy,” Young said.
Golf course architect Arthur Hills designed the 18-hole golf course, which runs through some of the community’s most exclusive neighborhoods and is adjacent to a wooded area teeming with wildlife.
This year landscapers planted 28 new young palm trees along each side of the drive leading to the clubhouse, a sight reminiscent to when the golf and country club opened.