Hamlet Country Club Renovation

Released on: October 28, 2008, 3:54 am

Press Release Author: Pugliese Public Relations

Industry: Food & Beverage

Press Release Summary: Country Club completes $10 million renovation using "green"

Press Release Body: DELRAY BEACH, Florida-The Hamlet Country Club has just completed
a $10 million renovation to prepare the facility for its current members and a whole
new generation of baby boomers. The modern restoration includes the exterior and
interior of the 38,000 square foot Clubhouse.
The charm of the clubhouse and the Hamlet's location has long made it a popular
choice for events, but inquiries have increased based on the luxurious facelift. The
remodel created a variety of impressive banquet rooms to meet the catering needs of
members, corporate clients and party planners. The ballroom seats up to 300 for
events. The contemporary Balinese interior fuses elegance with innovative "Green"
aspects like bamboo cabinetry, sisal and cypress wood ceilings, cork wall treatments
to bamboo tiles and a lighted recycled coca-cola bottle glass bar all created by Sam
Rosenberg Design of Palm Beach.
Repairs and replacement to all aspects of the private club spanned over a
twelve-month period. The Hamlet has a reputation for excellence in its food and
beverage service, its Tennis and Fitness Centers and its well-manicured golf course,
considered among the finest in South Florida.
According to Glenn Gustafson, General Manager, "The last twelve months have been
about creating an experience our members and guests will remember and keep coming
back for. Everything the member and guest sees and feels at the club is top
priority, and the property is a magnificent setting to showcase what The Hamlet
stands for."
Along with the extensive renovations to the Clubhouse, the Hamlet also renovated its
golf course to bring it into the 21st Century with "Green" attributes as well. After
researching several varieties of grass, the Club elected to convert the tee areas to
Celebration Bermuda. Celebration is a very heat tolerant grass and allows for lower
mowing heights. An earth friendly grass, Celebration requires less fertilization and
fewer chemicals, which also equates to less water. So the course will always be in
the green, the Hamlet converted to a reclaimed water system two years ago.
Architect Ian Scott-Taylor conducted an in-depth study on the restoration of the
golf course, one of the flagship courses designed and built by American golf
architect great, "Gentleman Joe Lee." Mr. Lee designed and renovated more than 250
courses throughout the U.S. during his career. Noted for considering all levels of
players, Mr. Lee designed the 18-hole regulation golf course at the Hamlet Country
Club in 1972 and it opened for play in 1973.
Over the years, renovations and the impact of repeated hurricanes have resulted in
many holes taking a different shape than Mr. Lee's original vision. The Hamlet's
Green Committee contracted with Mr. Scott-Taylor to study each of the 18 holes and
the course as a whole. Chair Carol Novarro said, "We knew we had a match with Ian
Scott-Taylor when he walked the course and gave us feedback on each hole, which was
a match to Joe Lee's suggestions that he gave us before his death in 2002."
According to Mr. Scott-Taylor, "I was delighted to be working on a course designed
by Joe Lee. His trademark design elements-undulating greens, strategically located
visible hazards and unique bunkering-were all there. We just needed to update
Mr. Scott-Taylor continued, "I'm restoring 'the Hamlet' to his vision. Next to Cog
Hill, the Hamlet embodies all of Joe's little tricks and philosophies, every visit
is a historian's dream, I just feel Joe's keeping an eye to make sure I get it
Alan Goldstein, Club President, concludes, "It has been very rewarding to see the
transformation of the property from what it was almost two years ago to now. The
members are very complimentary of the changes, and they take pride in what The
Hamlet has become."

For more information on The Hamlet Country Club, a private Country Club of 300
members in Delray Beach, visit www.thehamletcc.com or call the Membership Office at

Web Site: http://thehamletcc.com

Contact Details: Pugliese Public Relations

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