Snow has covered over the fairways and the geese are temporarily safe from errant golf balls, but staff members at Springvale Golf Course and Ballroom are busier than ever as they make plans and improvements for this coming season and beyond.
In 2015 guests will notice a few changes in the club house. The walls are getting a fresh coat of paint and some window treatments have been removed to let more light into the space. “This year in the club house we are refreshing everything,” says Springvale manager Sarah Metcalf. “We’re painting, hopefully putting in new carpeting, and giving everything a new life. We will have new decorations and really make it a nice place for the golfers to come in and enjoy themselves after their rounds.” Other projects in the works for this year include installing some new fairway drainage and continuing with fertilizer applications which will help keep the course in tip-top shape.
Springvale is also planning for its future, now working with a team of design professionals to identify capital improvements that will address existing infrastructure concerns and also increase the revenue potential of the facility. One of the long term goals is to move golf course maintenance to a standalone facility away from the ballroom, which would then free up space for indoor rentals and a covered patio area for outdoor events. Entrances to the ballroom and club house will be enhanced and internal spaces will be reconfigured to improve the experience for all guests. The plan will also address structural and systems needs that come with age, as the building is more than 90 years old.
Springvale Ballroom has long been recognized as a historical gem in North Olmsted, and the design team is sensitive to the community significance of the building. The planning process has considered how to provide a high level of service to guests while showcasing the unique character and best features of the facility.
But Springvale is more than a ballroom or a golf course. What makes it more than a place? “I think it’s the sense of community that we have here, the customer service we’re able to offer,” says Metcalf. “So many people walk through the door and we know them by their first name. They come here all of the time, so that they become more than customers, they are friends. We also have employees who have worked here for so long… they create a sense of community, family and friendship. That’s what makes Springvale really special.”