By SKIP ANDERSONWesthaven Golf Club is of “good moral character,” and it has the city-issued affirmation to prove it. Cocktail event will christen new clubhouse
Westhaven Golf Club is of “good moral character,” and it has the city-issued affirmation to prove it.
The designation is a necessary part of the application process for a private club to serve beer, wine, and liquor within Franklin’s city limits.
“The process for the certificate includes public notices, public hearings, and detailed FBI background checks,” said Matt Magallanes, vice president for membership development. “It was a lot more thorough than we expected, taking months to complete.”
The Board of Mayor and Alderman approved the 300-member club’s application for such a license last month, and shortly thereafter the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission granted the license. The on-premises consumption permit means the club can serve liquor, wine, and beer to its members and guests in its soon-to-open clubhouse, as well as at special events such as weddings.
Since opening in 2009, Westhaven Golf Club consisted of an 18-hole private golf course and fee-based public training academy. The club planned to start construction on the clubhouse immediately upon opening the course, but Magallanes said funding for the expansion proved hard to find in a recessed economy.
“While the golf industry has suffered and contracted, and membership at private golf clubs has declined, Westhaven Golf club has grown,” he said.
GolfWeek magazine ranked Westhaven to be the 34th best new course in the country in its 2010 comparison. The magazine’s editors judged Westhaven, designed by Steve Forrest and Arthur Hills, higher than courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Jr., among others.
The club will christen its new clubhouse with a private party for its members Saturday, Aug. 4, featuring music, light food, and – you guessed it – cocktails, beer, and wine. Member donations at the event will support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.