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Quechee Club Expansion Slated To Begin This Fall

Jul 22, 2022 02:42PM ● By Virginia Dean
The largest project in the Quechee Club’s history is set to begin this fall to provide a variety of outdoor recreational pursuits, premier amenities, and an inviting social atmosphere. The expansion is due to an increased demand for programs and activities by the club’s younger members. In the past few years, the 52-year-old club has seen the average age of its members drop from about 65 to 58, as older members have taken advantage of the booming real estate market to sell, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, younger families from more urban areas have moved to rural Vermont, according to General Manager Brian Kelley.

The approval of the proposed first phase of the multimillion-dollar renovation plans will transform the four-season residential community by establishing a new racquet sports complex, which includes the addition of four new pickleball courts, the renovation of two hard tennis courts, as well as the relocation of the platform tennis facility with the addition of two new courts and a warming-hut experience. Quechee Club is a popular destination for summer programming for families, including kids’ recreation and sports camps, and the club’s master plan includes an expansion of the Recreation Camp Barn, adding a second floor, and updating the building’s roof and the mechanical system as well as adding restrooms and a warming hut for wintertime cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The 52-acre recreation lake amenity, Lake Pinneo, will also be improved with new shower and locker-room facilities and snack-bar service capabilities in the first phase of the project.

The last component of the initial phase includes the construction of three new buildings: a cart barn, a multiuse ski and golf building and storage, and designated employee housing. Dormitory-style rooms will be located on the second floor of the new cart storage facility, where the current gas-powered cart fleet will be converted to electric-powered carts. The club-owned family ski mountain will be supported by combining two current buildings into a newly constructed facility to house ski patrol, ticket sales, and ski team program and driving range staff in golf season, as well as new equipment storage facilities and restrooms for skiers and golfers.

“We share many amenities at the Quechee Club, and since we are not a single- or even dual-focus club, we keep a broad view of both our present and our future, creating spaces and opportunities for all ages and interests,” remarks Kathy Hickey, current president of Quechee Club’s board of trustees. “Phase one addresses the interests and needs of our ever-expanding member demographic; our amenities enjoy strong support but need attention to keep up with the times. It is a well-considered step forward. Whether our community keeps Quechee as a guarded secret or shares their good fortune with friends and multiple generations, the improvements in phase one of the Campus Master Plan will move us toward even greater and more memorable experiences.”

The 6,000-acre residential area was established in 1970 and is stewarded by Quechee Lakes Landowners Association. Home to more than 1,400 residents, the Upper Valley destination is known for its quiet countryside setting, environmental landscape, and all-season recreational lifestyle. Member residents, their families, and guests enjoy access to 36 holes of championship golf, racquet sports, indoor and outdoor aquatics, fitness facilities, hiking, and kayaking as well as family programming and events.

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