Sumter's Sunset Country Club closing main venue

Golf course, other facilities to remain open; clubhouse may be rented

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 12/20/17

Sumter's country club will close its landmark main clubhouse at year's end but will keep its golf course and other outdoor facilities open, according to the chairman of the club's board.

Sunset Country Club Board Chairman Gifford Shaw said on …

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Sumter's Sunset Country Club closing main venue

Golf course, other facilities to remain open; clubhouse may be rented

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Sumter's country club will close its landmark main clubhouse at year's end but will keep its golf course and other outdoor facilities open, according to the chairman of the club's board.

Sunset Country Club Board Chairman Gifford Shaw said on Tuesday the main clubhouse, at 1005 Golfcrest Road, isn't closing because it's in bad condition or because of a lack of profitable community events. He cited costs upward of $100,000 to update the building's heating and air systems.

Due in part to its membership being down, the clubhouse was down to serving three meals per week - a Sunday brunch and a Wednesday and Thursday lunch buffet.

Shaw emphasized the club's golf course, 19th hole clubhouse and grill and its swimming pool will all continue to operate.

Shaw said the clubhouse, which opened in the 1960s, has continued to serve a key role in the Sumter community, hosting events for Shaw Air Force Base, schools, debutante balls, wedding receptions and other events through the years.

He said in the last five years, it has been used more by non-members than by club members.

Because it still serves a valuable role in the community for those types of functions, he said the club's leaders would be interested in partnering with anyone who wants to still provide those services.

"The sad part is our community needs that facility for such purposes," Shaw said. "If there were someone else who would be interested in trying to provide that, we would certainly be willing to partner with them and would love to talk with them about how to do that."

The clubhouse will host two wedding receptions in January that were already on the calendar before the closing was decided upon, Shaw said.

Details on the main clubhouse's closing will be finalized at the country club's next membership meeting Jan. 4.