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Ashbury's marks five-year anniversary

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

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BOLINGBROOK — Ashbury's at Boughton Ridge will soon celebrate five years of birdies, banquets and bridal showers.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 12, Ashbury's at Boughton Ridge Golf Course will celebrate its five-year anniversary by hosting a party featuring live music, food and beverages. Additionally, residents can golf on the Boughton Ridge course for $5, then enjoy $5 pitchers and $5 menu items at the restaurant.

It wasn't always a year-round party at the golf course, though.

For nearly 30 years, the Bolingbrook Park District owned and operated golf course closed its greens and fairways during the frigid, snow-covered winter months.

The nine-hole municipal course opened in 1982, averaging about 25,000 to 30,000 annual tee time reservations and establishing itself as a profitable public entity.

While the sprawling, 2,205-yard, par 32 generated ample revenue for the park district, services were limited due to inclement weather; without a serviceable bar, club house or dining area, the complex shut down operations November through March.

General Manager Jim Sawyer explained that aside from the nine-hole course, the only available amenity was The 10th Hole Pub, a 2,000-square-foot sandwich shop that "served cold cuts and cold beer."

"The 10th Hole Pub definitely had a cult following," Sawyer said. "There were 48 seats, the kitchen was the size of a walk-in closet, but you could grab a beer and a sandwich and watch a sports game after your round of golf. It was a big hit among golfers."

Sawyer, a Bolingbrook resident since 1990, said the quaint bar and restaurant was very successful, but lacked a proper reception area and banquet hall.

So in 2008, Boughton Ridge rebranded and expanded its facilities, opening Ashbury's at Boughton Ridge, a year-round multi-use bar, restaurant, dining area, reception hall and game room.

The facility expansion and remodel cost approximately $8 million, according to Sawyer, a small price to incur to host year-round events and dining.

Ashbury's five-year anniversary is a testament to excellent food service, marketing and park district staff, Sawyer said.

Banquet Services Coordinator Anne Marie Kaufman says in the last year the staff has entertained everything from corporate events to weddings to bridal and baby showers.

Additionally, Kaufman explained that the events and marketing team meets twice a month for brainstorming sessions and to plan unique events.

"We now have murder mystery nights at Ashbury's," Kaufman said. "We also have comedy nights during the winter, live music nearly every week and a craft beer 'Brew Dash' celebration in October."

The Ashbury's crew is currently planning a "Bacon Ridge Open" on June 29, an all-pork event featuring inspired food and drinks, and highlighted by a pig roast.

On Monday, Boughton Ridge opened its nine-hole course.

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