I periodically post descriptions of the places of Springfield with clips showing what each place looked like. I also try to include any information about their relative placement to other places in town if we know. This is an expanded version of a previous post. Find more on the Places of Springfield page.
Lakeland Country Club - The Lakeland Country Club in Springfield was the site of many important events over the years. Everything from Ed Bauer and Eve Guthrie’s engagement party, to Billy Lewis’s Welcome Home party for himself, to Cedars’s 60th anniversary party, to Alan and Annie’s aborted wedding, to Manny’s family get to know you meal, to Michelle’s black tie fundraiser for Harley’s Angels was held at, as it was simply known, the country club.
This is a country club in the traditional sense. The club itself is first class all the way and is simply the best restaurant in all of Springfield. Evening events there are usually black tie. A first class golf course and gardens meld into a series of patios that surround the building.
Most large functions are held in the main room. It has a front entry way and cloak room. You can’t see the main front door from the main room. You pass by them to a landing where announcements are often made. The open stairway twists around in a wide arc ending up on the main floor. A second shorter straight staircase is on the other side of the wall from the curved one, but leads up to this same entryway level. The ladies room is down a hallway from the straight stairway that can be reached either down the straightway or through an open arch from the main level of the large room. The Ladies Room both here at the Country Club and at Towers are used extensively as places for the female population to fight. The main level is a large room that can be set up several different ways with round banquet tables and a dance floor. Patio doors along one side lead to one in the series of patios. There are a couple of private rooms for smaller events and its one of these where Manny holds their first joint family meal during the fake marriage. Another serves as Annie’s bride’s room.
While it’s never stated explicitly, I think the club is on the same side of town as the Bauer house because it rose to prominence about the same time. It’s a car drive, not a walk, from there to the lighthouse, so it is not adjacent to the lake.
This clip shows the main room of the Country club and some of the smaller rooms off of it.
The main room set up for a normal night, starting about 1:18
The main room set up for a party, in this case the 60th anniversary of Cedars Hospital (and the show)
The bar, a very masculine, old style room, where people come and get their drinks if not eating a meal or attending an event with an open bar. Many people come to brood here, but it is also the scene of good times and frequently people move back and forth from the bar to the rest of the country club. It doesn’t have an exterior entrance and must be accessed through the club.
This clip shows one of the terraced patios. This one is right outside of the patio doors and features the current version of the famous Slut of Springfield fountain.
This is one of the private dining rooms available in 1999.