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Birch Hills Golf Course Clubhouse now open

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Back in 2011, the Birch Hills Golf Course was is major renovations and swathed in green fencing cloth with signs that stated, “Thank you for your patience.”

    Some of us wondered if it would ever be completed, but in May the 18-hole executive course finally reopened, and it is a real beauty. Driving or walking by one always sees many golfers on the lush course with rolling hills and water features.

      While the golf course is first class and popular, it lacked a new clubhouse to replace the old, dinky one that was previously there.

        But that has finally changed.
        The view inside the new clubhouse at Birch Hills Golf Course.

        The view inside the new clubhouse at Birch Hills Golf Course.


          Imperial Golf, operators of the golf course, now have a clubhouse that includes the TreeHouse Restaurant, opened in October, a causal, family-friendly indoor-outdoor dining spot. And it is not just popular with golfers, said Imperial principal, Matt Clabaugh,

            “We get about 50-50 golfers and other folks,” he said, adding that the lunch and after-work crowd continues to grow, especially with people from the nearby office buildings on Birch Street and other locals. The daily happy hour and dinner menu might be attracting some of the after-work crowd. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day until 10 pm.

              But I think it would be difficult to just stop in for a quick bite at noon and go back to work because TreeHouse has huge, east and west facing glass walls that fully open to phenomenal views.

                Clabaugh said the view at sunset is unbelievable. I’m afraid I’d just want to pull up a chair, maybe by one of the three outdoor fire pits, and just sit back and enjoy the view, which includes Segment 5 of the Tracks at Brea trail that is completed, but yet to open.

                  According to Bill Bowlus, Brea’s public works director, there are just a few items to wrap up, including some type of pass through for bikers and hikers, and then the trail will open. Hooray.

                    The trail meanders through the golf course and includes an interpretive rest stop with a replica of an old Red Car, like the ones that used to be in Brea. Of course, the rest stop is at the clubhouse and restaurant.

                      The restaurant, which Clabaugh described as efficient, casual and contemporary, can accommodate banquets for up to 75 people.

                        “We’ve already had some golf tournament banquets and sports groups award ceremonies in our restaurant,” he said. It could be a good spot for Brea Chamber of Commerce lunches and mixers too.

                          Something I didn’t expect to find at a golf clubhouse-restaurant is weekly live music. Clabaugh said they also plan some star walks and moon walks, once the trail opens. And you thought Birch Hills was just for golf!

                            But the official grand opening will not be until January or February, Clabaugh said. Perhaps they will coordinate it with Brea’s big Centennial Celebration Feb. 17, which begins with a community parade starting from Birch Hills Golf Course to the Sports Park to celebrate Brea’s 100th birthday.

                              Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.
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