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Patterson Club will celebrate grand opening Saturday

Published 1:33 pm, Wednesday, May 26, 2010
  • After 64 years of renovating and adding to its clubhouse dating back to 1884, The Patterson Club of Fairfield will celebrate the grand opening of its new clubhouse and renovated golf course on Saturday, May 29. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    After 64 years of renovating and adding to its clubhouse dating back to 1884, The Patterson Club of Fairfield will celebrate the grand opening of its new clubhouse and renovated golf course on Saturday, May 29. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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After 64 years of renovating and adding to its clubhouse, which dates back to 1884, The Patterson Club of Fairfield will celebrate the grand opening of its new clubhouse and renovated golf course on Saturday, May 29.

Designed by Southport firm Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA, the clubhouse replaced two existing club buildings and combined their functions into one more efficient clubhouse to meet the changing needs of the membership. Keeping within the culture and farmhouse aesthetic of the original club buildings, Finlay worked in conjunction with golf course architect Rees Jones who designed the master plan and renovations to the golf course originally designed by his father, Robert Trent Jones, in 1947. Now integrated into the golf course, members can enjoy views of the 9th and 18th greens and 1st and 10th tees from both interior and exterior gathering spaces in the clubhouse.

"The history of the club was so important in this project," said Finlay. "We reinvented the club to meet the needs of the current membership without losing the history of the original buildings."

The Patterson Club, established in 1929 by General Electric employees, was formed as a social and dining club in Bridgeport. In 1946, the club purchased 163 acres from the Palmer family to expand its facilities to include golf. Home to Winthrop Palmer, the first woman to be elected a Connecticut state senator, and her husband Carlton, the Palmers purchased the property in 1930 from the original owner Franklin Banks and used the land which they named Quasset Farm to train hunting and jumping horses. After their purchase in 1946, The Patterson Club hired Robert Trent Jones to design its new golf course that opened on June 28, 1947.

Over the years, the house turned clubhouse underwent numerous renovations and additions to accommodate a growing membership. In October 2006, the club's membership approved a proposal to replace the existing clubhouse and separate pro shop and locker room building. Construction was awarded to A.P. Construction of Stamford and Highland Design of Pound Ridge, N.Y., was hired as the landscape architect. After nearly 24 months of construction the clubhouse and golf course renovations have been completed and the club is opening to enthusiastic reviews.

In addition, The Patterson Club recently hired general manager and COO, Kevin Lalumiere, formerly of the Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, R.I., where he spent eight years, most recently as assistant general manager. " I am honored to be part of this historic occasion at The Patterson Club, and excited to have the opportunity to deliver first-class club amenities and services to the membership on this exceptional property."

For additional information please contact Lalumiere at The Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield, at 203-259-5244, ext. 200.