New clubhouse, pool and fitness center shine

Special to The Sun City PacketJune 1, 2012 

Dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new Lakehouse amenities center May 4 at Sun City Hilton Head North. The $10 million facility includes an indoor pool, outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and meeting rooms. It's adjacent to the Argent Lakes golf pro shop and lighted pickleball and tennis courts. The Argent Lakes golf course opened last summer as a 9-hole course (the full 18-hole course will be open later this summer), and the courts opened in December.

The amenities are a gift to Sun City from Pulte, the community's developer.

From the spa to the stacked-stone fireplaces to the lobby and conversation areas, this latest addition to Sun City Hilton Head is both welcoming and innovative.

A ballroom with a wood floor, tables and happy accent colors is adjacent to a community kitchen with attractive tile and stainless steel appliances. The space is ready for parties, meetings and functions of all types, and was designed to be energy efficient.

At the intersection of Sgt. William Jasper and Sun City Boulevard, this 20,000-square foot building is the newest amenities area serving nearly 14,000 residents in Sun City Hilton Head. Other amenities centers are Pinckney Hall, Purrysburg Fitness Center, Hidden Cypress Complex and Riverbend Clubhouse and Pool.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, the community's volunteer corps of Red Shirts ushered cars safely into the ample parking lot. Inside, representatives from the community's board of directors, Wentworth management and Pulte were on hand to provide information about the new building.

While there were some questions, most of the chit-chat from those touring the new facility equated to "oohs and aahs."

Lynne O'Sullivan, who moved here 10 months ago from Virginia, asked, "What's not to like? This is perfect for us."

Just to make sure, she and her husband Frank tested the chairs that sit in the water by the outdoor pool's edge.

"Not bad, not bad at all," they agreed.

Some of those touring the site during the opening came from Sun City Hilton Head neighborhoods on the south side of U.S. 278, but said they believe they'll frequent the Lakehouse from time to time, especially to attend gatherings there.

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