A renovated and refurbished clubhouse and a completely new fitness center are the centerpieces of a $2.7 million facelift recently completed at Heritage Highlands at Dove Mountain.

The 29,000-square-foot clubhouse boasts a large ballroom for events and social activities, various meetings rooms, a library, crafts and card rooms, wireless internet access throughout the building, a golf shop and the Heritage Highlands Bar and Grill.

Next to the clubhouse is a 5,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center that features $80,000 worth of Life Fitness equipment, an aerobics classroom and separate rooms for free weights and stretching.

Nearby, there’s an outdoor pool, as well as four lighted tennis courts surfaced with a cushioned, artificial grass-and-sand system that makes for softer resiliency on the knees. Heritage Highlands also has an 18-hole Arthur Hill-designed championship golf course, and a practice facility with a 20-station range and 10,000-square foot putting green.

Jeff Ziegler, Heritage Highlands general manager, said the clubhouse renovation, which took about a year to complete, included gutting all the rooms, moving a number of interior walls, and removing all ceilings and floor finishes.

“We redesigned the lobby, created new administrative offices out of the old fitness center, and totally remodeled the kitchen, adding 800 square feet to it and putting in $225,000 worth of new equipment,” Ziegler said.

The bar and grill also got a facelift, Ziegler noted, with expanded seating and a new bar environment created by an undulating glass wall with an integrated gas-fired fireplace that separates the bar from the dining area. The bar area seats 37, while 84 people can be accommodated in the dining room.

Another new element is the Patio on the Green, a freestanding covered patio that fronts the restaurant and offers expansive mountain and valley views. The patio seats 60 and has its own barbeque grill for casual dining. Both the bar and grill and the Patio on the Green are open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Thursday (3 to 7 p.m.) as well as Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m.

Heritage Highlands was the first major housing development on Dove Mountain, breaking ground in 1996. Now completely built out with 1,297 single-family homes, Heritage Highlands requires at least one occupant of a household be 55 years of age or older, although Ziegler said 10 percent of the community can be between 50 and 55.

Ziegler said Heritage Highlands Homeowners Association members voted to update the clubhouse and fitness facilities “in order to remain fresh and viable for new people who want to locate to the area. That’s what drove the renovation and the new building.”

“This is a very popular place,” Ziegler pointed out. “Last year there were nearly 60,000 rounds of golf played on our course, plus 41,000 visits to our fitness center. Our hiking club has been very active in working with the town of Marana to maintain trails in the Tortolita Mountains and most every day they have organized hikes.”

Besides those activities, Ziegler noted that an activities director produces live entertainment events and concerts, some of which are open to the public.

“Various men’s and women’s groups are very active here, as well as people doing ceramics, drawing, watercolors and clay pottery,” Ziegler added. “It’s very exciting to see so many people so active and enjoying retirement.”

For more information, go to www.heritagehighlands.com.

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