By Anna Sekula Posted November 21, 2011, 11:10 AM EST
NEW YORK After last winter's storms damaged the space above the Union Square location of Bowlmor Lanes, Bowlmor C.E.O. Tom Shannon opted to rebuild the venue and reopened it earlier this month as Greenwich Village Country Club. The 16,000-square-foot spot, which follows the circus-themed Carnival and, before that, billiards hall Pressure, now has a preppy, slightly retro look complete with multiple lounge areas and sporting activities. Artist Lee T. Wheeler was tasked with the redesign and was inspired by a mix of things, including Caddyshack, CBGB's, and Winged Foot golf club. Bowlmor's culinary director, chef David Burke, oversaw the menu, which is comprised of his take on classic American comfort food.
Greenwich Village Country Club is divided into three main areas—a nine-hole miniature golf course, a lounge and bar area, and the nightclub-style Clubhouse. The mini golf course is perhaps the largest and most decorative section, featuring Astroturf and sandy flooring, restored fiberglass animals from a 1950s theme park, and plenty of leafy foliage. Facing this is the “fairway lounge” which includes a bocce ball court. The front, “Par-Tee lounge,” is dominated by the bar and includes plush couches, tables for pool, shuffleboard, and air hockey, and chandeliers strung overhead.
The “Clubhouse” is the venue's private section and is situated behind a facade designed to look like the exterior of a golf course country club. Inside, argyle patterns and framed golf-themed images adorn the walls, video games are embedded into tabletops beside comfy banquettes, and a working fireplace adds a cozy feel to a corner seating area. This section has its own bar, a DJ booth, and a dance floor.