Covington, KY – The Devou Golf & Event Center is open for business.
On Wednesday evening, the City of Covington, Devou Park Advisory Committee (DPAC), Devou Properties, Inc., and Devou Property Management Company, LLC celebrated the grand opening of the Devou Golf & Event Center.
Located at 1201 Park Drive, the opening ceremony was emceed by WCPO Channel 9 News Anchor Katherine Nero and included speeches from Devou Property Management Company, LLC General Manager David Peru, Drees Pavilion Executive Director Scott Mescher, DPAC Chair Bob Rothert, Devou Properties Inc. Chair Barbara Drees, and Mayor Joseph U. Meyer. The event additionally featured an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Mayor Joseph U. Meyer stated, “The golden age of Devou Park is now. This facility is an extraordinary complement to the park and Drees Pavilion. We extend the City’s grateful appreciation to all who have made this possible.”
At the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to tour the new facility and view its amenities, including the private event rental space, a pro shop for golfers, and new café with outdoor seating.
Public Works Director/Assistant City Engineer/Project Manager Rick Davis stated, “The collaboration and professionalism of our construction team with Performance Construction, Hub & Weber, Devou Park Management team, City Staff, and Devou Park Advisory Committee has been second to none.
“With the many challenges of this large scale project, our team has successfully completed the project and hopes this serves our community for years to come.”
Designed by Hub & Weber Architects, PLC and constructed by Performance Construction, the first floor (finished area) of the Center is 12,000 square feet and includes a 12,000 square foot basement. In total, the project cost about $6.5 million.
DPAC Board Member Greg Engelman stated, “I believe the new Devou Golf and Events Center is a magnificent addition to Devou Park and the City of Covington. It will serve not just the golf patrons, but it will also provide a great spot for other visitors to the park to stop and enjoy a snack, a sandwich or a cold drink.
“It will also provide another venue in the park for parties, receptions or other celebrations where the guests will be treated to the same great hospitality that they have enjoyed at the Drees Pavilion for the past 13 years.”
Drees Pavilion Executive Director Scott Mescher shared his enthusiasm. He stated, “We are excited to be able to offer our guests the same Devou Park experience at the park’s newest feature, as we do at the Drees Pavilion.”
Additional park and golf course improvements include the relocation and extension of the existing #10 golf tee, upgraded fairway for #1 hole, an elevated parking lot built to substantially reduce storm water runoff into Miller’s Pond in Park Hills and improved sidewalks to increase walkability and connectivity throughout the park.
Devou Property Management Company, LLC General Manager David Peru stated, “The staff at Devou is very proud to have a beautiful facility to accommodate our guests. We strive to provide a great golf experience for our golfers, but cannot stress enough that this facility is much more than just a golf clubhouse.
“The new Devou Golf & Event Center is a welcome center or gathering place for Devou Park, Covington and all of Northern Kentucky. If you have no interest in playing golf, please still consider stopping by for a drink and an appetizer in our café or on our patio overlooking the golf course or allow us the opportunity to host your next banquet or event.”
Originally constructed in 1934, the Devou Clubhouse began to deteriorate and was deemed inadequate in later years. In 2013, the City reached out to the community for public input and began developing renderings to construct a new building. In 2015, the City broke ground on the project and began construction.
The Devou Golf & Event Center was completed and officially opened its doors to the public in June 2017.
The Devou Golf & Event Center normal operating hours are Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, click here. To schedule an event, please call 859.431.8030.
To view more photographs from the Devou Golf & Event Center opening ceremony, click here.