The Chesapeake Hills Golf Course, owned by Calvert County, had been showing a lot of improvement on the course and in the Enterprise Fund. During a winter storm in January 2018, the clubhouse received major damage to the interior with burst pipes flooding the interior, 3.5” of standing water throughout – significant wall and ceiling damage. Several times it had been included in the Capital Improvements Plan and each time it was removed due to other projects needing the funds for other projects. Due to the clubhouse suffering irrevocable damage, the golf course staff has been operating out of trailers. There has been significant revenue loss of 35.5% in one year-– Calendar Year 2017: $842,696 – Calendar Year 2018: $543,614.
The clubhouse is once again back on the commissioners agenda to demolish the remaining building and prepare for building a new clubhouse. As the only 18hole golf course in Calvert, the clubhouse is sorely needed and there is a lot of public support for it. Large amount of community support for new clubhouse facility with highest priorities included bar/grill (restaurant), pro shop and meeting/banquet space and the largest concern is project timeline for completion.
The first steps are to provide updated conceptual design based on desired budget allocations. Amenities to include:
– Community Room/Banquet Space
– Catering Kitchen
– Small Conference/Meeting Room
– Pro Shop
– Bar & Grill
– Sizeable outdoor veranda and patio seating
– Offices for onsite staff
– ADA accessible restrooms and locker rooms
Construction considerations are energy efficiency/Utility Consumption, reclaimed materials when possible and alternative revenue streams for construction. Clubhouse staff is w working with Solomons Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad on using the old facility for training on March 30th and 31st.Clubhouse operations will continue to operate out of the temporary facility with a limited food and beverage service, operate a streamlined pro shop and use a 30 x 60 tent set up behind temporary facility in order to continue tournament business through construction.
Mahar stated the top priorities for a new clubhouse would be a bar/grill/restaurant, a pro shop and meeting/banquet space. The golf course, which opened in 1968 as a privately owned facility, could then
increase its revenue by hosting tournaments and serving as a venue for wedding receptions and other social events. Mahar said having that component would drive the golf course towards attainment of self-sufficiency. In 2017, which proved to be an antediluvian year for Chesapeake Hills, the course was within $100,000 of the break-even mark. Department of Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Nazzal noted all four of Calvert County’s public high schools use the facility for their golf teams.
During the questioning on the presentation, Commissioner Kelly McConkey would like to see the cost reduced on the building of the clubhouse.
On February 12, 2019 Calvert Board of County Commissioners meeting, the presentation of the proposed Capital Improvements Plan once again did not include the construction of the golf course clubhouse:
Projects Deferred Beyond 2025
There is currently a total of $74.8 million in CIP requests moved out beyond FY25 due to fiscal constraints. There are 15 General Fund CIP’s totaling $53.4 million.
Education – Sunderland Elementary – Chiller/Pneumatic Controls $1,100,000
Education – Plum Point Middle – HVAC System 950,000
Recreation Resources – PF Community Center – (Watson) 7,900,000
Recreation Resources – Chesapeake Hills Golf Clubhouse Development 4,405,000
Recreation Resources – Hall Aquatic Center Pool Improvements – 4,115,000
Recreation Resources – St. Leonard Town Square Comm Center 3,596,000
Recreation Resources – Offsite Area A Park 1,000,000
Recreation Resources – Hallowing Point Park 2nd Entrance/Exit 1,100,000
Recreation Resources – Dunkirk District Park-Restroom and Snackstand 793,100
Recreation Resources – Dunkirk District Park-Pathway Lights 430,000
Recreation Resources – Hallowing Point Park – pathways & lights 430,000
Calvert Marine Museum – Paleontology Center (Development) 3,900,000
Library – Fairview Replacement 7,715,000
Transportation – NE Seg- Fox run/Dares Beach/Armory Road Section 10,500,000
VFD & RS North Beach Fire Department Replacement 5,500,000
Total Deferred General Fund $53,434,100
Margit Miller/ Calvert Beacon
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon