Old Chatham has a new cottage industry

Old Chatham has a new cottage industry

The Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham is joining an elite group of private clubs across the country catering more to their traveling golf members. In early April, Old Chatham will finish construction of the first of three planned “cottages” at the club site that will offer overnight accommodations for members and their guests.

The 2,700-square-foot Birch Cottage will have four bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), a spacious living area with fireplace and a kitchen with a 10-foot-long granite-top bar stocked with snacks and drinks. The cottage is estimated to be valued around $750,000.

“The idea behind it always was to have a place for members and their guests to stay … and a way to help us attract more North Carolina members and more national members,” says A.L. Hobgood III, a founding member of the club and leader of the board’s building committee.

About 25 percent of Old Chatham’s 350 club members live more than 150 miles from the golf club, says Jodi Tata, director of development at Old Chatham. These are mostly business executives who work for national and international companies who require frequent travel to the Triangle.

Raleigh custom builder Duncan Ray is the builder of the cottage.