While many businesses have scaled back in response to the current economic downturn, owners of the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club are moving ahead on a set of ambitious plans to expand operations there.
Nearing completion of a three-year, multimillion-dollar clubhouse remodeling effort, the club also plans to expand its golf course to include an outdoor practice park and will spend $2 million increasing course irrigation efficiency.
Long-range plans also call for construction of a new fitness center adjacent to the clubhouse and as many as 50 rental housing units on the hillside in lieu of the club's current parking lots, which would be moved to a below-grade structure below existing tennis courts. Both of those plans are still far from submission for city approval, however.
Why expand while also weathering the effects of a recession?
"We're taking a long view," said Randy Dreyfuss, who in November took over the role of club president from father, Gilbert Dreyfuss. "Golf courses very expensive to maintain, and that's why you need other sources of income to support them."