Luke Larkin, For The Miami Student

The Oxford Country Club will be opening on April 2 to show off their new renovations. (SAMANTHA LUDINGTON | The Miami Student)

The Oxford Country Club is hosting an open house April 23, “to show people how different things are,” General Manager Chuck Emge said. Emge explained the club’s new direction is in response to previous shortcomings.

As a 16-year member, Emge emphasized his belief in the importance of bringing the club back to its motto, “this is where families come to play.” He felt the best way to accomplish such a goal was through new carpeting, furniture, lighting and a new chef for the restaurant and bar area.

Emge felt the new renovations have “turned the club into a place where members can hang out aside from student-populated uptown.”

Dinner at the Oxford Country Club introduces a different themed cuisine each Friday. Some of the upcoming events for members to look forward to are New Orleans night and Italian night.

The Golf Course opens April 2 with completely new fairways and tee boxes in response to a heavy drop in member retention over the last couple years. According to Emge, last year was a terrible summer for golf courses across the midwest due to extremely hot nights that resulted in heat exhaustion.

Emge said this year the club promises to be a balance between the professional feel of a high scale golf course complimented by reasonable prices.

The swimming pool has also been repainted and new lights were installed to facilitate special family events like “dive-in” movies. Emge said this will provide the family with a chance to swim and watch a movie under the stars on Friday nights. The pool also facilitates water aerobics so Oxford’s senior citizens have a place to exercise.

Emge said the Oxford Country Club takes its relationship with Miami University very seriously.

He is looking forward to Coach’s Night where all the Miami athletic coaches are invited to enjoy a dinner offered by the new chef.

First-year student Will Miller is excited to see how the Oxford Country Club’s changes are embraced by the town.

“It is a great opportunity to witness how small businesses in a tightly knit community ought to be run,” Miller said.

Additionally, first-year student Anthony Hausefeld expressed his enthusiastic outlook for country clubs in general. Hausefeld reminisces his own country club experiences.

“The Country Club was a scene where the entire family could relax all summer,” Hausefeld said. “This is something Oxford’s Country Club hopes to capture this upcoming summer.”