Catamount clubhouses

Facilities at golf course and lake could be done by May 2002


— Construction is beginning this summer on a pair of clubhouses that are part of the overall Catamount Ranch and Club development south of Steamboat Springs.

Officials of the Cordillera Group, managing partners of Catamount, say they anticipate completion by Memorial Day weekend 2002.

The public, as well as club members will be welcome to dine at restaurants that will be part of the Lake Clubhouse and the Golf Clubhouse.

The general contractor for both projects is TCD of Steamboat Springs. Each building includes a little more than 7,000 square feet. Ground has been broken on the Lake Clubhouse, with the Golf Clubhouse to follow shortly.

Catamount spokeswoman Jody Patten said Cordillera Group originally planned to build its fine dining restaurant at the lake, about seven miles south of Steamboat Springs, But the company has since shifted the full-service restaurant to the site of the Golf Clubhouse a mile south of the city limits. That change will make it more convenient for members of the public to enjoy the restaurant, Patten said.

The emphasis at the Lake Clubhouse will be more casual.

"Members can enjoy an impromptu family lunch or supper after a day on the lake, and watch games on television," Catamount Director of Membership Sheila Wright said.

"There's no need to dress up or sit through a formal dinner."

The Lake Clubhouse will provide a self-serve eatery and staffed bar year-round. It also offers members a gym with locker rooms, a year-round swimming pool, two clay tennis courts, and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts.

The dining room at the Golf Clubhouse will seat 80. It will also include a great room meant to accommodate groups at the same time it provides quiet nooks for singles and couples. There will also be a private members lounge.

The Golf Clubhouse will also house golf-oriented facilities, including locker rooms. The building will be sited along the ninth fairway and green, offering a southern exposure. The pro shop, cart barn and maintenance building will be nearby.

Both clubhouse buildings are designed by Bill Poss of Poss and Associates, to take into account the region's agricultural traditions and the surrounding landscape, a Cordillera official said.

Cordillera Group Chief Operating Officer Gerry Engle said that by building two clubhouse buildings on different sites, the development was able to avoid a huge building that might have dominated the landscape.

That strategy reflects Cordillera's approach to stewardship of the land, he said.

"There is a really important concept behind the design of the clubhouses and that is the idea of 'aptness,'" Engle said. "We are creating two center points of activity, each attuned to its own purpose and the surrounding landscape."

Engle believes the use of timber framing, river stone, and rough-sawn beams creates an "architectural language" that fits the valley.

The golf course is surrounded by three parcels of land that have been placed under dedicated conservation easements.

They include meadow parcels of 152.86 and 102.08 acres, as well as an upper parcel of 60.3 acres, Elk Run, which is covered with upland shrubs.


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