Second phase of $1.8M renovation at Yankee Trace clubhouse nears completion, restaurant reopening targeted

The clubhouse at Centerville’s The Golf Club at Yankee Trace – the focus of Phase II of a renovation project - is schedule to reopen in mid-April, according to the city. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
The clubhouse at Centerville’s The Golf Club at Yankee Trace – the focus of Phase II of a renovation project - is schedule to reopen in mid-April, according to the city. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

CENTERVILLE — Renovations at Centerville’s The Golf Club at Yankee Trace will keep many indoor services off limits until mid-April, according to the city.

The clubhouse ballroom, restaurant and main restrooms will not reopen to the public until then as the second phase of a $1.8 million renovation is being completed, said Project Manager Kate Bostdorff, the city’s communications director.

The supply chain on construction materials has been slowed with the coronavirus pandemic, “so there may be certain smaller” details to be completed later in the month “but we anticipate that the clubhouse will be open and be able to hold events after the second week of April,” she said.

Phase II of the $1.8 million renovation of Centerville’s The Golf Club at Yankee Trace is be completed by mid-April, according to the city. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Phase II of the $1.8 million renovation of Centerville’s The Golf Club at Yankee Trace is be completed by mid-April, according to the city. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

The pro shop remains open with food and beverages available on a limited basis at a restaurant service window, she said.

Customers can use staff restrooms as necessary or those on the course, Bostdorff said. The clubhouse is set to host a wedding event April 10, she added.

The project is the first significant renovation at the 150-acre, city-owned site at 10000 Yankee St. The 32,000-square-foot clubhouse and the rear patio are the focus of the work to modernize the 26-year-old structure and make it more accommodating to weddings, holiday parties, business meetings and other special events with an upscale aesthetic, Yankee Trace Administrator Steve Marino has said.

The 27-hole golf course has seen record numbers the past two years, with 58,000 rounds played in 2019 and 68,000 after the coronavirus pandemic hit last year.

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“Yankee Trace has been setting records with the play on the course itself. But we want to encourage people to stay after …as well as expand what we can offer people for events,” Bostdorff said.

The renovation “creates a more timeless, clean, aesthetic and we hope that people will want to hold more events here and stick around after a game of golf or come back with the family for dinner,” she added.

The Wilcon Corp. of Moraine was awarded the Phase II contract with a total bid of about $244,000, Centerville records show. City officials had estimated the project to cost up to $400,000.

There have been “a few change orders because of materials and a few unforeseen issues…but for the most part we’re right around $300,000 for the work itself,” Bostdorff said.

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The most expensive part of the project — Phase III — is estimated to cost more than $1 million, Marino told the Dayton Daily News in December.

It will involve remodeling the back patio, adding an indoor/outdoor bar area and transforming the patio and the clubhouse “into one big entertainment area,” Marino said.

City officials hope to bid that work this summer with the goal “to do as much construction as we could in the offseason,” Bostdorff said.

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