Kirsten Mustain

Grove Sun

Shangri-La Country Club is currently in the throes of a giant demolition project. But, even though it is currently a bit of a mess, to put it mildly, as soon as the old has been torn down and hauled away, a newer sleeker Shangri-La will take shape.

Its not pretty now, but it will be nice when its all said and done, said General Manager Jason Sheffield.

He said the demolition should be completely finished in about a month.

The first edition to the new Shangri-La will be the clubhouse, a 12,000 square foot facility, which will feature a fitness center, fine dining, a bar and grill and a club shop.

Sheffield said it is expected to be complete by next spring.

Also underway are improvements to the golf course including all new bunkers and tee boxes and brand new greens.

Two holes will be taken out to make way for the clubhouse, but plans include new holes to replace them.

We are going so fast, Sheffield said. Were on fire to get it done.

Long-range plans include a convention center and a hotel.

We plan to commence with construction (on the hotel) in 2012, Sheffield noted.

Currently, Shangri-La is seeking members to enjoy its new and improved facilities.