The last trip of 2011 to the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club in January? The dreary interior said “stuck in the 1970s” – and it would since it was constructed in 1969.
The first trip of 2012? Ah … more like it!
PGA Tour golfer Ryan Moore, of Puyallup, purchased the Lakewood private golf course in late December as part of his monumental offseason transaction – founding the RMG Club, which manages three area courses with the intent of giving the public an affordable alternative to playing four-star facilities.
Since the purchase, the main quarters of the clubhouse were closed for immediate refurbishment. And on April 20, the restaurant area had its “soft” reopening for the public.
The early return: Wow!
The restaurant, now called “Oakhouse Restaurant,” is both an option for golfers who want to grab a bite to eat before or after their 18-hole rounds, and for the public in search of another date-night option.
“When we took over, there was definitely an obvious need of updating and redesign,” Jason Moore said. “We all brainstormed on ambience, and came to the conclusion to modernize it – to open it up and create a lively, welcoming environment. We feel we created the right atmosphere.”
Worldwide travel has a way of making an impression. The Moore golf tandem (golfer Ryan and caddie Jason) jotted down mental notes from some of the best places they had dined, and utilized them into the four-month renovation.
“Our favorite restaurants have a vibrant feel to them – and an industrial finish to them,” Jason Moore said.
Gone is the ragged carpet, replaced by concrete floors. The chairs and booths have refinished wood. And the bar is no longer lost in the lack of light. Instead, it is flanked by a well-lit glassy background and steel shelves. Flat-screen televisions are now all over the place.
“Jason,” his father said, “was the emperor of improvements.”
The kitchen needed overhauling – and got it, too. The Moores decided to model the new menu after the one used at McCormick Woods (see here) in Port Orchard, which also falls under the RMG Club umbrella.
Brian Tholen, who was an assistant chef at McCormick Woods, is now the head chef for the Oakhouse Restaurant.
Also, many of the banquet rooms have been remodeled to host weddings and corporate functions.
“I could not be happier with (the remodeling),” Jason Moore said. “A lot of people have come in and thanked us for bringing new life into the building. We have had young people, teenagers, people in their 20s and retired people say this is a place we want to come in and hang out.”