AHWAHNEE – The For Sale sign has come down at Sierra Meadows Golf Course and Country Club, as the entire place is officially under new ownership. The 142-acre property was purchased from former owner Robert Bard by business partners Charlie Sheldon and Reid Spice.
“Charlie and I have been friends and business partners for over 15 years,” says Reid. “We initially started working together on various musical projects and events before moving on to this larger project here in Ahwahnee. After spending the last few months meeting employees and members, looking over the property, and completing numerous inspections, we are very excited to help start a new chapter in the rich history of this beautiful place.”
Loyal duffers will be happy to know things are off to a good start: they’ve eliminated cart fees for all golf members and are currently waiving initiation fees for new members as a special incentive to join. Greens fees have been driven into the super-affordable range in order to help increase traffic to the course, and the new owners have included discounts for juniors to 17 years old. Check out new fees here.
Hours of operation at Sierra Meadows are the same right now as they’ve been for some time, though future plans are to stay open later into the evening, once they start running weekend dinner specials. Repairs to the kitchen will be made before that comes to fruition, but locals and visitors alike can look forward to extended hours in the cafe this fall. The team is going to be organizing specials around sporting events like baseball playoffs, football season, and more.
As of now, the country club pool is open to the public for a fee of $5 per day.
Tapping into one of the mountain area’s greatest resources, Reid and Charlie plan to bring music back to Sierra Meadows once some construction and repair indoors is complete.
“Over the next few months we’ll begin testing some new ideas including live music, along with occasional brunch and dinner offerings. The plan is to start hosting live music here, similar to the ‘Concerts on the Green’ that Julie Amodei of 12 Toes Productions hosted on site about 10 years ago. We’re looking forward to this being a core element of our new program.” Some of these elements could come into play as early as August.
Reid says they’re still listening and learning about the great selection of local bands in the foothills and surrounding areas, and attending shows and concerts to get a feel for what’s around.
Eventually, the idea is to expand lodging, first around the RV park and eventually near the ponds, providing accommodations for Yosemite tourists in the summer and conference attendees in the off-season months.
“Once we have additional capacity, we’ll begin hosting conferences, retreats, and community events including educational programs, weddings, and banquets, in hopes of making Sierra Meadows a destination for locals, tourists and conference attendees alike.”
In order to make Sierra Meadows a sustainable operation, all aspects of the current businesses are being evaluated at this time.
“Although this evaluation will be ongoing, we can assure you that the golf course and RV park will remain open for business through the end of high season this year. We look forward to seeing everyone out on the course, poolside and at many upcoming events going forward.”