BEAVER CREEK — The champagne will be uncorked and the hor d'oeuvres served up Friday evening in celebration of the opening of SpringBrooke Events, Golf and Grill.
The new business has emerged from what was once the Beaver Creek Golf Course and Beaver Lodge Event Center, which had been shuttered since 2007.
The property was purchased by Gourley Properties of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in October 2018, and has since undergone extensive cleaning and renovation. A few events have already taken place in the facility this fall, and owner Rick Gourley said bookings are coming in for future gatherings.
Thus far, just the event center is ready for use. It has a complete catering kitchen, sound system and bar, with seating for 320. With double-door access to the former bar and grill space, Gourley said the facility can seat up to 440 people comfortably.
“What we decided to do was create the entire first floor as an event center and we moved the pro shop, golf counter and what will become the bar and grill on the lower level,” Gourley said earlier this week.
The new bar and grill — to be named Exit 5 Bar & Grill (a nod to the Beaver Creek exit from Interstate 90) — will have a soft opening this winter in the walk-out lower level. Set hours of operation will likely begin in the spring.
With the new location of the bar and grill, an outdoor patio was enlarged. In addition, a ceremonial space was created for weddings, musical performances and special events.
SpringBrooke Events overlooks a nine-hole golf course, which Gourley anticipates will be ready for golfers sometime next summer.
A lifelong resident of Sioux Falls, Gourley said the natural beauty of the landscape — as well as the existing building — led him to purchase the property.
“I felt like the building had great bones, but just needed some fine-tuning,” he said.
With the popularity of large, barn-style event centers in cities like Sioux Falls and Minneapolis — Gourley said three are being built in the Sioux Falls vicinity this year to add to those already open — he sees SpringBrooke Events as another option. Just five miles from the South Dakota state line, 10 miles from the Iowa line and a 35-minute drive from Worthington, he hopes to draw in a variety of events, from weddings and receptions to parties and business gatherings.
SpringBrooke Events, named after the waterway that flows through the golf course, is among Gourley’s latest projects. After a 30-year career in his family’s business, Gourley Distributing and Gourley's Pro-Audio, he ventured into building restoration with the Gourley building in downtown Sioux Falls. Since then, he has repurposed several old downtown Sioux Falls buildings to create office spaces, loft apartments and businesses.
It was while doing restoration on a 1920s-era Ford dealership in Valley Springs, South Dakota in the spring of 2018 that Gourley learned of the opportunity that existed in Beaver Creek.
After the Beaver Creek Golf Course closed in 2007, the property went back to the bank. When the bank was sold, the new owners chose to liquidate some of the properties in the portfolio. The Beaver Creek property was sold and was, more or less, used as private storage up until Gourley’s purchase of the site.
Gourley, who had an early interest in architecture before joining the family business, said he now enjoys redeveloping and repurposing properties.
For information about booking the SpringBrooke Events site, contact manager Chris Yungeberg at toll-free 1-855-386-1275 or (507) 935-5426; or visit springbrookeeventsandgolf.com.
Friday’s ribbon cutting and celebration is from 5 to 8 p.m. It will be catered by Bluestem Catering Co. of Luverne. The event is open to the public.