New Albany Country Club has it all. 27-hold golf course? Check. Fine dining and party room facilities? Check. Countless tennis courts? Absolutely. Workout facility, family pool, and adult pool? Of course! Its own beer and pale ale? Sure, why not? Fire pit? Yes, indeed.
Wait a second — fire pit?
It’s the newest addition to the country club offering of recreational activities, and Penny and I decided to make a visit on our walk today.
The fire pit is in the middle of a copse of trees between the ninth hole on the north course and the main clubhouse grounds. You follow a winding path covered with wood chips to the center of the stand of trees. The path is strung with electric lanterns. At the end of the path is the fire pit, which is ringed with stones and then with picnic tables, benches and two very rustic (and frankly, uncomfortable looking) seats beveled out of tree trunks. The area features a grill, an iron spit where you could roast a wild boar carcass or some other animal caught by a guy exploring his savage side, and some strategically placed fire extinguishers.
I don’t know whether the fire pit has been heavily used so far. It’s probably not a top choice for a wedding reception or book club get-together, but it would be perfect for a Boy Scout troop meeting, a drum circle, a Lord of the Flies meeting, or one of those “get in touch with your inner alpha male” retreats. Toss a few logs in the pit, slowly roast a haunch of beef, knock back a New Albany Pale Ale or two, and then walk a few hundred feet back to the New Albany Country Club grounds, where your wife is waiting to pick you up in the Cadillac Escalade.