Seaford Golf and Country Club improving facilities;Half a million in renovations and equipment added as club continues membership drive

By Lynn R. Parks

The 67-year-old Seaford Golf and Country Club is spending half a million dollars on renovations and new equipment. That includes the purchase of non-polluting and quiet electric golf carts to replace 40 of the 60 gasoline-powered carts the club has, the installation of a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system and construction of a new deck on the back of the clubhouse. "The new deck is more customer-friendly," said Pattie Kretchmer, who started as the club's general manager in August. It is handicapped-accessible and can accommodate parties of up to 150 people, she added. The old deck was limited to parties of 90 people. New furniture for the deck is on order, Kretchmer said, and the club is considering putting on a retractable awning to provide shade on the deck during the summer. "These were all things that were really much needed," said Kretchmer. "The club was getting old-looking and needed a facelift." The clubhouse will soon get new vinyl siding to replace the white aluminum siding it has now. Kretchmer said that the club leadership is still deciding about the color of the new siding; maybe off-white with green trim, she said, to make the building more noticeable. The interior of the clubhouse is also getting a makeover. By the end of June, much of the inside will have been repainted. The ballroom is getting a new ceiling, the dining room and ballroom are getting new valances and the kitchen is getting a new, cushioned floor and new equipment that will allow it to expand its menu. "We will have a sautéing station, something we've never had before, so we will be able to offer more fresh cooking, a little healthier," Kretchmer said.

The clubhouse also is getting a new fire alarm system and the restaurant has new silver chafing dishes to use on its buffet. Outside, the golf course's back nine will get new sod, all Bermuda grass. That part of the course will be closed for about three weeks, from the first week of June until July 4th weekend. The sod will be easier to play on than the "few strands of grass we have back there now," said course manager Joe McCabe. In addition, Bermuda grass is drought-, pest- and weed-resistant, meaning that the club's expenses for watering, pesticides and herbicides will be less. The front nine, which McCabe said had become "boring and predictable," is being made more challenging. A couple of tees were added, and other tees were made longer. "Over the years, the course had become misaligned from its original design, and we are putting it back," McCabe said. While the pars won't change, the course's slope, or degree of difficulty, will increase, he added. Also outside, the pool area has been renovated. The bathrooms and showers were upgraded, the children's play area was repainted and the pool has new filters. "We are all ready for Saturday's opening," said Kretchmer. The country club has about 420 members, Kretchmer said, and an additional 20 summer members, whose memberships go from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Kretchmer said that the club has become more conscious of waiting on its members. "We are trying to make people feel that it's out pleasure to serve them," she said. "We want to do as much as we can for them."

For your information The Seaford Golf and Country Club is in the midst of its spring membership drive. Through June, all initiation fees are greatly reduced. The initiation fee for regular membership, regularly $2,500, is $500. The initiation fee for a junior membership, available to people 21 to 35 years old, is reduced from $2,400 to $300. The initiation fee for non-residents memberships, for people who live more than 20 miles from the club, is $200, down from $1,100. Initiation fee for a social membership only is $200, down from $1,100. Monthly dues range from $71, for a house membership for a single individual, to $208 a month, for full membership for a family. For additional information, or to make arrangements to visit the country club, call general manager Pattie Kretchmer, 629-9064, or email her at pattiecmaa1@aol. com.

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