Birding and wildlife notwithstanding, another main attraction at Audubon Country Club is the newly minted 19,000-square-foot Lifestyle Center. This two-story, $7.5 million amenity was once the club’s modest 2,500-square-foot Courtside Café building that had a small kitchen with a few tables and outdated tennis shop, according to club general manager Michael Rodriguez.
Now, the new and improved Courtside Café is substantially larger and features an indoor/outdoor bar separated by a NanaWall that can slide open for the gorgeous fall/winter months, display kitchen, poolside dining, and increased outdoor lounge areas with cozy fire pits. The new building is adjacent to the club’s highly popular bocce courts and seven Har-Tru tennis courts. A new HydroGrid exhibition tennis court and two gel surface pickleball courts were also added to the mix.
The new fitness center spans the entire second floor and encompasses state-of-the-art strength training and cardio areas, two exercise rooms for fitness classes, a massage waiting lounge, two massage treatment rooms, and men’s and ladies’ day/locker rooms.
Rodriguez, who became the club’s general manager in March 2015 after Troon Privé assumed management the previous year, said the new facility’s
pent-up demand portends to a prosperous future for the private club community.
“The Lifestyle Center puts us at the forefront of facilities in terms of fitness,” said Rodriguez. “It’s a place where you can be in the community, get in your golf cart and drive to the golf cart parking lot that we built, have a craft beer and sit by the fire pits. And you never have to leave the gates. That’s really important, especially in this day and age, that you have something like that that members can do.