The staff and amenities are new, but the value and service haven't changed.
If your idea of a golf club's aesthetic involves oak wood and forest-green carpets, Heritage Golf Club's newly remodeled interior may surprise you. And yet, the venue has kept the attributes that have proven successful over the years, like the well-curated menu and inclusive décor options, leading to a “new Heritage Golf Club experience,” as the venue's tagline goes, that feels simultaneously innovative and familiar.
The changes are due to the club's recent transfer from private ownership to ClubCorp, a Dallas-based operator of more than 200 private clubs across the world.
Among Heritage's many renovations is a new bar area featuring marble and black wooden detailing. New paint and carpet throughout and a stunning, modern chandelier in the main lobby helped modernize the club's interior.
Out back, a new veranda and patio are ideal three-season spaces thanks to fixed and portable heaters and fans. New fire features—a pit between the veranda and patio and a fireplace on the patio—provide opportunities for additional activities. “We're really excited to do s'mores kits,” says Lindsey Niderlander, the club's private events director.
The course itself is not without improvements as well. The range gained an additional 1,000 square feet—a boon for grooms, who receive a free golf session in the days before their weddings. (Grooms' guests can join them for a discounted rate.)
Niderlander herself is among the venue's changes; though she's been with the club for years, she took on her current role earlier this summer. Also new is chef Simon Kuhnkert, who hails from England and previously worked for Hollywood Casino Columbus and its parent company, Penn National Gaming.
“Between the two of us, we have hundreds and hundreds of weddings [under our belts], so even though it's a new team, it still works really well,” Niderlander says.
Despite all of the changes, the club's inclusive offerings have remained consistent. Couples who book a wedding or reception at Heritage have plenty of options, like floor-length table linens in virtually any color, Chiavari chairs, a choice between two cake bakers and more, all included in the rental fee. If the bakers—Hilliard-based Cake Creations and The Cake Studio in Powell—don't appeal to you, you're free to choose your own vendor; Heritage will reduce your per-person cost accordingly.
Also included in all wedding packages are cabaret tables and linens for cocktail hour and the ceremony, if needed; twinkle lights on the patio railings; cake and gift tables, with linens; stationed or butlered hors d'oeuvres and even centerpieces. In an atypical twist, plated dinners are slightly more affordable than buffet dinners, giving couples a chance to upgrade in other areas. (Common add-ons include chair bows and colored napkins, says Niderlander.)
But perhaps the most notable included option is the full setup and teardown of your event. “We don't say, ‘You have to be out within 30 minutes, with all your stuff, or you'll get charged,' ” Niderlander says. “We'll pack it all up for them ... the only thing that we make them take that night is the gifts.” Couples have until the Tuesday following their event to pick up their décor items.
If you want candles lining the aisle for the ceremony, flowers hung on the ceremony arch, homemade centerpieces on tables or other décor elements, Niderlander and her staff will take care of it, free of charge. “Whatever they want, we're going to make happen,” she says.