Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
AUGUST 14, 2011
Officials at Merion Golf Club discovered two things during the 2005 U.S. Amateur, the more gratifying one being that the refurbished East course could indeed stand up to the long hitters of the modern game for a U.S. Open in 2013.
The other item, not as publicized but nearly as significant, was that Merion’s old maintenance facility was sadly outdated and needed to be replaced as soon as possible.
Certainly, cost was a factor. But club officials were determined to design and construct a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly area where workers at every level could be together and take part in a coordinated effort to keep the golf course thriving.
So, last August, or about 10 months after construction began, the entire golf course operational staff moved into the new facility located at the end of the parking lot opposite the clubhouse and near the 18th tee.
Nearly a year later, the structure has served the golf course well.