To last more than 100 years Sudbury's Idylwylde Golf and Country Club has had to constantly change its role in the community.
The private golf club, nestled between Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake and Lake Nepahwin, has made efforts to open its doors to more events overlooking its picturesque location.
“Over the years, it's just the way the golf business is, that we've had to open up our doors a little bit more,” said the club's general manager, Gunther Gratzer. “In order to survive now, we have to find other sources of revenue.”
While hosting an event at the golf and country club – whether it be a wedding, retirement party, or business seminar – remains restricted to members, Idylwylde now offers what it calls a social membership, specifically for events at its meeting and banquet facilities.
For $475, social members can access the club's facilities at no extra charge. The social membership also allows the buyer to play five rounds of golf – two of which are covered by the initial cost – and participate in popular social events, such as live musical performances Friday nights, and holiday brunches.
Idylwylde was founded in 1922 and developed along Ramsey Lake's southern shore.
In 1962, the original clubhouse was destroyed in a fire.
A new clubhouse was built along Lake Nepahwin, and a five-sheet curling rink was later added to the facility.
In the summer, the curling rink becomes an additional space for events.
“We did the Cecchetto and Sons 100th anniversary here, which was huge,” said Sasha Bruno, Idylwylde's food and beverage manager.
Counting outside capacity, the curling rink can host more than 500 people.
The club's dining room and fireplace lounge – which are more often used for events – can accommodate roughly 160 to 180 people, depending on the setup.
With the club's large outdoor patio, that capacity increases to up to 300 people.
Idylwylde has a fully staffed kitchen and provides in-house catering for its events.
But Bruno said due to the club's busy weekly schedule during the summer, it's often difficult to book events outside of weekends.
For more information about the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club visit www.idylwylde.com.