lakewood Country Club in rockville, is truly an amazing organization. Founded in 1959, the club has experienced all the ups and owns of any first-tier member-owned club, and then some. However, through perseverance, a dedicated and loyal membership, and in keeping
up with the times, lakewood continues to thrive in an
environment that has challenged even the best of area
Today, lakewood is a diverse, multi-cultural club that
has evolved over the years to be a premier full service,
family oriented country club with superior amenities.
The demographics of lakewood lend itself to be a welcome home to many ethnicities that are prevalent in the
d.C. market. While some perceptions have been made
in the past, lakewood’s family reflects a wide range of
cultures. longtime member rob Poli states, “Lakewood
emulates a broad cross section of the D.C. marketplace and that
is what makes the Club so special. It’s diversity is what makes
the Club so inviting.” in fact, many of the club’s newest
members credit this diversity as one reason they joined.
“We enjoy the balance within the club; the mix of economic,
cultural and social diversity,” noted Josh Fredricks. “We were
initially concerned that as a younger family we might not fit in
well, but we soon found out how wrong our view of Lakewood
was. We’ve made so many new, great friends. Our entire family could not be more pleased with our membership.”
Keeping up with the times has enabled lakewood to
flourish. in 2005, they hired the “Open doctor” rees
Jones, to renovate and update the original edmund Ault
design. After a year of moving dirt, creating new greens
and a new back-nine routing, lakewood’s course is now
frequently rated among the top five in the d.C. area.
Then, in 2009, the membership made a further investment in the club when it remodeled areas within the
clubhouse, including the dining areas.
However, it was a recent event that showed how inclusive lakewood’s membership has become. in mid-2015, the venerable Potomac Tennis Club (PTC) in Potomac, announced they were closing in the
spring of 2016. several members of lakewood were also
members of PTC and they reached out to lakewood’s
Board and Management to develop a plan to assist the
While many of the Potomac members who visited
lakewood initially were a bit unsure how they would
be received, once they met members of the Board, club
management, staff and lakewood members, their concerns were put to rest.
not only did lakewood put in place a special membership program to assist this group, but they also provided a “Bridge” for them by deferring dues and fees for
those who joined lakewood in the fall of 2015, but who
wished to stay at PTC until it closed in 2016. in addition,
the Potomac members were permitted to use lakewood’s
dining facilities and, for those who wished, could also
enjoy tennis on one of the four indoor courts at the club.
After examining their options, over 60 Potomac members
made the decision to join lakewood.
in addition, lakewood committed to funding an additional tennis upgrade by constructing a bubble over four
of their outdoor courts, expanding the number of courts
available indoors to eight by the fall of 2016.
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west of i- 270, lakewood has maintained a strong family-oriented approach to “Clubdom” for years. Current
president Brett Bernstein is typical of many of the club’s
members. in his early- 40’s Bernstein has been a member for over a decade, making the decision to join a club
that had both a great social, dining and sports-oriented
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