DUBUQUE, Iowa — When you’re young, summer seems endless. Passing time by shooting hoops or perfecting the front flip is all in a day’s work.
But as we age, finding time to enjoy summer’s sweet pleasures doesn’t come so easy.
Dubuque Golf and Country Club General Manager Rich Bugalski said, “The time involved to be out there (golfing) for 4 and a half hours, for 18 holes. And a lot of individuals don’t have that today because of such busy schedules.”
So in order to stay relevant and attract younger families, the Dubuque Golf and Country Club built an outdoor aquatic resort.
New mom JoAnn Giese says she joined the club last winter after deciding time is of the essence.
“I just actually quit my job to stay home with my daughter, so we come here a lot an experience the new pool. It’s fantastic,” said Giese.
Directors say Giese is like many families who recently joined the club in order to take advantage of the new resort.
“We have not been in the lazy river yet,” said Giese. “She’s kind of just getting used to the water. But she does love the zero depth entry.”
So far it seems to be working. The club’s membership spiked this summer.
Bugalski said, “This really has an opportunity that you can spend a few days here. Dad can do some golfing and meet the mom and kids and spend a family day here.”
Directors say for a couple hundred dollars per month, customers can purchase a membership, strictly to use the pool.
Worth the money, they say, because what they’re really selling is family time.
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