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April 16 grand opening planned for new Tomahawk Hills Golf Course clubhouse
POSTED: 04/08/2011
The event will take place beginning from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the golf course, which is located at 17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee. Planned are welcoming remarks from Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chair Ed Eilert, and JCPRD Board of Park and Recreation Commission Chair George J. Schlagel. Also planned is a ribbon cutting, clubhouse tours, and refreshments.

The new clubhouse opened for use in early March and is located directly east of the existing putting green. The 5,847-square-foot building features a metal roof, and a native stone and stucco facade. The building was constructed in the prairie style, which involves horizontal lines, broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, and integration with the landscape.

“It’s a good looking facility,” said Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses Bill Maasen said of the new clubhouse. “In many ways, it will be much more efficient and much more aesthetically pleasing.”

The building's main entrance is on the north side and the south side has large windows and a large outdoor patio area overlooking holes #9 and #18, and Little Mill Creek. Other amenities include a pro shop and concession area, offices, and a large multipurpose room which can accommodate up to 150 people for golf tournaments and rentals. This room also features a 12- by 40-foot dance floor and a small catering kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, and sink. The clubhouse includes a full basement, which provides storage and a secure place to charge electric carts. The new structure has been constructed with a number of energy efficient features including a geothermal heating and cooling system and extra insulation which officials anticipate will result in major energy savings.

In honor of the course’s history, the new banquet room will be called the Elmridge Room after the original name of the golf course, and the concession area will be called the Station Cafe after the old interurban trolley which ran to the golf course.

The new clubhouse replaces a 1910 building, which was raised in late March and early April. The age of the previous clubhouse and the many problems associated with it made its replacement necessary, Maasen said.

“The building was falling apart,” he said. “The original 1910 building was attached to a building that was modified in the 1960s and another one that was modified in the 1970s, and then we modified it again in the 1990’s. It was just a hodgepodge of architecture and because of code issues, it became necessary to replace the building.”

The site of the old building is the future site of a T-box for a new driving range. This in turn, will cause the relocation of the T-box for Hole #1, which will be relocated to the former site of the Tomahawk Sports Dome west of the parking lot. Work on the new fairway and cart paths has already begun.

For more information about the grand opening or the new clubhouse, call the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course at (913) 631-8000.

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