The Minot Country Club is inviting area residents to learn more about its plans for a new clubhouse, golf course and swimming pool at a membership drive event Thursday.
The club has a limited-time membership offer for people who want to get in on the ground floor of the project that's expected to get under way this spring.
Hors d'oeuvres and entertainment will be provided at Thursday's Tom and Jerry party, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Sleep Inn & Suites. A presentation on the proposed project will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Before the 2011 flood damaged its former facilities, the Country Club had traditionally held a Tom and Jerry at Christmastime. Stacy Norton, former clubhouse manager who is assisting with the membership drive, said the membership committee wanted to revive that event as a reminder of the old while letting people know about its new plans.
The Country Club has contracted with Jim Engh, an award-winning golf course architect, to design an 18-hole course. It will be situated with a housing development project among the hills and streams on the southeast edge of Minot.
The Country Club has a lease arrangement with Trinity Health Foundation, which owns the land. A map of the site is available at (www.facebook.com/MinotCountryClub).
Ground-breaking is expected this spring. Norton said the project will include a clubhouse with a restaurant and a deck overlooking the course. The clubhouse will have exclusive membership areas but also areas that will be open to the public.
"It's going to be a good, wholesome place to bring your family," Norton said.
The clubhouse is expected to be open by the fall of 2014. Depending on construction progress, the course could be open at that time or in the spring of 2015, when the pool is expected to open.
Norton said the Country Club has been able to obtain the financing to proceed, thanks to the support shown since the flood. The Country Club has had 136 members who have continued memberships during this time of transition, she said.
As part of its membership drive, the Country Club is offering individual Legacy memberships and corporate Legacy sponsorships through Thursday. Recognition of Legacy members will be part of the construction on various features associated with the new facilities. Legacy members also will receive special bag tags and unlimited golf at Club 28 until the fall of 2014. Club 28 is the former Country Club course that now is under new ownership.
The Country Club has memberships at individual and family levels and offers various levels of corporate sponsorship. Legacy memberships and sponsorships come with a variety of benefits and reduced pricing that won't be available with memberships and sponsorships offered after Thursday.
Norton noted that membership opportunities will close once 400 members are signed up.
More information will be available at the Thursday meeting. People need not be planning to become members to come and learn about the project. The Country Club asks that people RSVP by Monday to Norton at 720-0775 or by email at email@example.com.