Chevy Chase Country Club and golf course in Glendale and the surrounding community of homes were first developed in the mid 1920s. It was a showplace and a favorite destination in the area but after many changes of ownership from the mid- 90s to about 2010 it fell into a state of disrepair. In the early 2010s it went up for sale and there was a serious threat that a new owner would do something like put up condos or some other kind of facility that would change the whole feel of the area. And if that happened, it would end the nearly 90 year history of Chevy Chase Estates and the whole East Glendale area as everyone currently knows them. Fortunately, 3 men ‘won’ the right to restore what has been known as the ‘Jewel of the Canyon’ and despite heavy opposition have put a new shine on this ‘gem’. In this interview they give an in-depth look at the process they went through, the fears they had to overcome, how they respected the members of the community, listened to long-term members of the country club, and why they went through it all. Today, from the conference room at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale, you’ll hear about:
- The 90+ year old female Country Club member from the 1960s they made sure could come to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
- How the members’ feedback changed the plans for one part of the course and made it better.
- The difficulties and opposition that had to be overcome to do the restoration.
- Why they want a non-exclusive facility and want people from the community to be able to come there even if they aren’t a member.
- Some of the history of the area – Sycamore Canyon.
- How 3 friends can work together to make something happen that seemed impossible.