A new beginning for one of Omaha’s oldest country clubs begins on Thursday. That’s when Ironwood Golf and Country Club opens its doors to the public.

The club has been around since 1924, and was once known as Highland Country Club.

A developer has purchased the 18-hole golf course, the 25-thousand square foot clubhouse and everything that goes along with it. The property will most likely be developed into residential and retail property.

Ironwood ran into the same problems that other country clubs across the country are dealing with.

Greg Cutchall will be managing the property. “My understanding is it’s typical of country clubs across the country. They’re losing membership. The economy hasn’t helped. Running a country club is a huge overhead expense. Memberships dropped off, and it wasn’t able to sustain itself in that capacity anymore.”

Cutchall’s company has made a deal with the new owner. Cutchall will re-open Ironwood this year and give the public a chance to play the course here or to check out the beauty of this eight-year-old clubhouse.

“We think this is one of the most beautiful banquet facilities in the city,” said Cutchall. “So we like to make the banquet facility available to the public for weddings, corporate meetings and parties, things like that, in addition to golf outings. We plan to book quite a few golf outings out here this year.”

Special membership rates will be available for former members. Some of the key employees will be returning, and green fees will be affordable. It’s a big chance for those who have not had the opportunity to play one of the city’s finest courses.

Green fees will run around $35 during the week. That includes a cart. Fees will be slightly higher on the weekends. If you need more information or a tee time call the pro shop at 333-3606.

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