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New owners plan upgrade for Coppertop at Cherokee Hills

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    Patrons enjoy a meal at the restaurant at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills Golf Course and Event Center, 5740 Center Road, Liverpool Township, Thursday evening, just a few days before it will be closed for renovations. The restaurant will close Monday and is scheduled to reopen in the spring.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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    The Lodge at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills Golf Course and Event Center, 5740 Center Road, Liverpool Township, is one of the banquet halls that is scheduled to be renovated over the winter months. The Lodge and the Veranda, behind the wall on the left, will be merged into one room.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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LIVERPOOL TWP. — A rustic look is coming to Coppertop at Cherokee Hills Golf Course and Event Center.

Owners Greg Clement and Eric Engelke said they will be investing more than $250,000 to renovate the facility’s restaurant and three banquet rooms.

“When we purchased Coppertop earlier this year, we wanted to take the summer months and really focus on improving the course and equipment to provide our guests a better golf experience,” Engelke said. “As we continue to do that, we now want to make some significant improvements to the event areas.”

In May, Engelke, owner of Engelke Construction in Brunswick, and Clement, owner of Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, became co-owners of the property with partners Jim Maclellan of Engelke Construction and Olmsted Township resident Joe Singleton.

The 69.9-acre property at 5740 Center Road was foreclosed by Fifth Third Bank in 2014, according to Medina County Common Pleas Court documents. It previously was owned by Mark Haddad and his family for 34 years.

Clement has said they already have invested an unspecified amount in new equipment to improve the quality of the fairways and greens.

“We want to make this a premier event facility in Northeast Ohio,” Clement said. “Our goal is to make the whole place feel more rustic and inviting, especially the main venue areas.”

Construction on the restaurant and banquet halls is scheduled to begin Monday. The restaurant will close at that time and is scheduled to open in a revamped form in the spring, Clement said.

He noted specific plans of the redesigned restaurant have not been finalized.

“We’re starting upstairs first,” Clement said. “Once we get into the construction project, we’ll have more clarity.”

Clement said prescheduled events from Wednesday until the spring will take place as planned.

“We will be working around them during the construction period,” he said.

Upstairs has three banquet areas, two of which will be combined into one space — The Lodge and Veranda. Clement said the new 2,400-square-foot space will accommodate 180 people.

“They have two very distinctly different feels,” Clement said. “We’re going to make it into a rustic room that will resemble The Barn at Mapleside.”

The approximately 3,000-square-foot ballroom will transform from an “outdated, old-fashion” feel to a “refined rustic” space, Clement said, that will be able to host larger events seating 250 people.

He said construction plans include raising the ceiling, installing new flooring and lighting fixtures, and using rustic wood paneling to “create a very warm, inviting environment.”

“We believe that weddings and special events will be the lifeblood for Coppertop going forward,” Clement said. “It’s such a beautiful piece of property and incredible place to have a wedding or special event.”

“We’re looking forward to improving our golf outings and golf events with these upgrades,” he continued. “If we can provide an incredible golf experience along with being a premier venue for all types of events, we feel that’s the future for Coppertop.”

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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