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The Loma Club in Liberty Station is being renovated to give it a new look and feel with the addition of an 18-hole miniature golf course – Tappers Mini Golf & Cocktails.

The project is the brainchild of the husband-and-wife team of Laura Johnson and Luke Mahoney, co-founders of You & Yours Distilling Company in East Village.

Johnson declined to say how much they were spending on the project, which she said would be finished in the summer.

Johnson and Mahoney took over management of The Loma Club in January 2020.

“It’s a business that we love and prior to taking it over, we just felt very strongly that it deserved more love and attention,” Johnson said. “It, unfortunately, hasn’t seen a lot of attention and investment for a long time.”

The Loma Club in Liberty Station is being renovated to give it a new look and feel with the addition of an 18-hole miniature golf course – Tappers Mini Golf & Cocktails.

The project is the brainchild of the husband-and-wife team of Laura Johnson and Luke Mahoney, co-founders of You & Yours Distilling Company in East Village.

Johnson declined to say how much they were spending on the project, which she said would be finished in the summer.

Johnson and Mahoney took over management of The Loma Club in January 2020.

“It’s a business that we love and prior to taking it over, we just felt very strongly that it deserved more love and attention,” Johnson said. “It, unfortunately, hasn’t seen a lot of attention and investment for a long time.”

John Levan and Oliver Mahoney are co-operators of The Loma Club/Tappers. Mahoney is leading the design of the miniature golf course.

The new look, which Johnson described as “cheeky” will play off comedy film classics such as “Caddyshack” and “Happy Gilmore” as will the miniature golf course.

Tappers “will pull some cheeky elements from those movies, just kind of subtly through décor. It will just kind of be more subtle nods here and there,” Johnson said.

Approachable

The miniature golf course will be divided into separate nine-hole areas of play.

One mini-course will be in an open area between the clubhouse patio and the first tee of the regular golf course, Johnson said.

The second will take over space now used for a driving range.

“We will be constructing some sort of replacement driving range somewhere else on the property. We haven’t pinned down where that will be yet,” Johnson said.

Ideally, the finished feel of The Loma Club and the miniature golf course will be lighthearted, relaxed, fun, and “really approachable.”

“This is going to be our ticket to introduce more people to the world of golf,” Johnson said.

No changes will be made to the regular nine-hole golf course.

Inside the clubhouse, what is now an open kitchen and bar will be closed off and the bar will be moved to provide more prep space in the kitchen and enlarge the seating area.

Hospitality and Design

The outdoor patio also will be enlarged.

“While we are incorporating our signature approach to hospitality and design into The Loma Club, it is our goal that these renovations will heighten the enthusiasm, passion, and energy that keeps fans coming daily to this beloved Liberty Station icon,” Johnson said.

With a more than 100-year history, The Loma Club was originally part of the San Diego Country Club, which merged with A.G. Spalding’s Point Loma Golf Club in 1914.

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