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Embracing The Past, Present & Future

John’s Island redesigns its golf club to integrate the best of the traditional and the contemporary.

Jack’s draws a crowd, thanks to the more informal décor and the fact that jackets are not required. Photo by Greg Hills

Jack’s draws a crowd, thanks to the more informal décor and the fact that jackets are not required. Photo by Greg Hills

The clock was ticking. With less than an hour to go before doors of the newly renovated John’s Island Golf Club were to open, painters had just finished final touch-ups. Chandeliers sparkled, fireplaces lent a warm glow, food and beverage stations were set, and musicians were tuning their instruments. The grand re-opening party was about to begin.

And what a party it was. On a picture-perfect Saturday evening last November, 900 members and guests arrived, their expectations high. They were not disappointed. From the very start, it was all thumbs-up, and those who were intimately involved throughout the three-year, change-making project took well-deserved bows. 

Carol Coxhead chaired the board of directors facilities committee that oversaw the transformation; Connie McGlynn lent her design expertise; and Club President Bill Grealis kept members informed via newsletters, the website and videos. Joining them around the planning and decision-making table were the club’s project manager Rex Wilson and General Manager Brian Kroh, as well as representatives from architecture firm Peacock + Lewis, The Weitz Company, and J. Banks Design Group. 

Since it was built in 1995, the Golf Club has been the social hub for members, the majority golf enthusiasts who let it be known that the existing 19th hole, a small space with limited amenities, needed major improvement. They wanted a place where they could gather after a standard round of 18 and sit, sip and enjoy a bite or two while sharing stories about a game well, or not so well, played.