At Tuesday’s meeting, the Leawood Planning Commission unanimously approved a final plan for expanding the clubhouse at Ironhorse Golf Club, the most recent step to remodel the building on the south Leawood course.
Where exactly: The golf course operates at 15400 Mission Rd.
- The property neighbors a number of residential developments, including the Estates of Iron Horse to the west and Mission Reserve to the north.
Details: The proposal from the Leawood Parks and Recreation Department includes a 304-square foot expansion to the clubhouse.
- The expansion will take place on an existing elevation on the southwest side of the building, near the main entrance.
- Overall, the space will expand the clubhouse to a total of 10,644 square feet.
- City Parks and Recreation director Chris Claxton said the expansion will add a walk-in cooler to the clubhouse’s kitchen.
Why the expansion? Claxton said the clubhouse’s kitchen use has increased as clubhouse events have increased over time, spurred on by the addition of the Vista 154 banquet hall and event space, which opened in summer 2017.
- “This [original clubhouse] building was built in 1995 and was not built to the size it is intended to be,” Claxton said. “The golf course has been seeing increasing activity in terms of events with the addition of the Vista 154 space. So it’s not unusual for there to be three or four people trying to work back in that space.”
Bigger picture at Ironhorse in Leawood
This follows the proposal of more than $6 million in improvements to the 40-year-old city-owned golf course earlier this spring.
- These recommendations, which ranged from pump station restoration to increased storage space, came as part of the city’s 10-year capital improvement plan for the golf course.
- In terms of this immediate expansion, Claxton told commissioners the clubhouse kitchen expansion serves as the second phase of recent remodels to the building.
- She said a third phase will later come before the commission for review, which could include expansion to the opposite side of the clubhouse from the kitchen.
- “The activities have really outgrown that building,” she said. “So there is a greater plan to do a pretty significant addition on the opposing side of the building.”