Menomonee Falls — A photographer's dream. That is how Adrienne Schroeder of Kade Photography described the renovated Silver Spring Golf Club after shooting a wedding there recently.
"I was in awe," said Schroder, who shot a May 10 wedding at the facility, formerly known as the Silver Spring Golf & Banquet Center. After the other weddings she shot there, she was happily surprised to see the updates, especially to the lighting. "Lighting can truly make or break pictures, so as a wedding photographer you always worry about pictures at a reception because you don't know what you're going to get. It was like a photographer's dream setting with the lighting and ambience and the overall atmosphere."
In addition to lighting upgrades throughout the banquet facility, new paint and carpeting throughout are only small components of the larger $1.5 million renovation that has taken almost a year and a half to complete. Though only the banquet facility closed briefly, the course celebrated its grand "reopening" with a ceremony on Tuesday, July 22.
"It's one thing to update the fixtures in a bathroom, it's something totally different to make sure the plumbing cooperates," said Damon DeVito, managing director of Affinity Management. The management company has managed the property since it was acquired in December 2012 from a subsidiary of Capmark Bank, which had taken over the title as the result of a loan default a year prior.
Under new management
Located at W21318 Silver Spring Drive, the course remained open and the banquet center closed briefly under bank management, which DeVito said was understandable.
"No bank is set up to run a business like this," said DeVito of the 36-hole golf course and its banquet facility with a capacity of up to 500. "That's where we came in and had a commitment to the community, as well as to the property, to begin a new chapter of renovations that were overdue in a lot of ways."
While regular maintenance to the golf course remained business as usual, the clubhouse and banquet areas have received a complete overhaul. In addition to the cosmetic things light carpet and paint, some plumbing has been completely redone, the kitchen was upgraded and the roof was fixed, all without interrupting service.
"Logistics was probably the biggest part of it, but as a result, no inch of (the facility) looks the same," DeVito explained. "There's always more to do, but from a customer perspective, we've been getting a lot of great feedback and ultimately that is what we care about."
For former Pewaukee residents Dan and Jenny Knutson, the renovations were a welcome change in time for their wedding on May 10. They originally picked the venue after attending a few weddings there and hoped things would be updated in time for their date.
"The hall before was very run down, the carpet looked dirty and old, same goes with the hallway and bathrooms," said Jenny, whose husband took a job in Florida a few months before the wedding. "The renovation turned out great. I loved the neutral colors, the wood beams and the rock wall where we had the head table. Everything is updated and could fit a lot of different styles people may have for their weddings or any event."
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