Andalusia Country Club golf members have a new clubhouse to share their golf stories.
More than 300 people turned out to witness the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony of the clubhouse, which was followed by the club's season-opening party.
Designed by the architectural firm Hart Howerton of San Francisco, the clubhouse received a stamp of approval from Garry Drummond, chairman and CEO of Drummond Company, owner of Andalusia.
"I think we got our money's worth," Drummond said to Hart Howerton principal Tim Slattery at the ceremony.
"I hope you see how dedicated we are to this community and to you," Drummond said to the members. "We hope you have the time of your lives here and we are happy to be part of it."
Renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, known as "The Open Doctor" for his work with the U.S. Open, as well as PGA Championship courses, flew in from New Jersey to tour the new clubhouse, which complements his masterful 18-hole championship course at Andalusia Country.
City of La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans and City Council member John Peña also helped Nolan Sparks, vice president of Drummond Real Estate, wield the three-foot real scissors to cut the satin ribbon to unveil the new facility.
Also attending the ceremony was Grady Sparks, one of the founding visionaries of Andalusia at Coral Mountain and president of Drummond Real Estate at the time of the community's opening.
Andalusia Country Club General Manager John Cummings traced the club's progress from opening day in a tent, to a golf trailer, to a section of the Racquet Club facility and now a dedicated clubhouse just for golf members in this next phase of amenities.
Photography by Gregg Felsen