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Tour the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club

For weeks now, staff from the Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club have joined us live in our kitchen to make some absolutely amazing dishes. But this week, we are headed to them for a look at the lodge and all it has to offer.
For weeks now, staff from the Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club have joined us live in our kitchen to make some absolutely amazing dishes.  But this week, we are headed to them for a look at the lodge and all it has to offer.
 
"You're at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club," said Manager Nikki Ceprish, Manager.
 "It's a beautiful building."
 
Ceprish says there is a lot of history here as well.  This space used to exclusively belong to the country club, until about three years ago, when it joined forces with the local Elks Club.
 
"It's a beautiful building, it's new, it's a beautiful golf course, so I think when you would come here, seeing it, you would definitely come back," said Ceprish.
 
One of the biggest draws, is the golf course.  It was designed by the “Father of American Golf” himself, Alexander Findlay, back in 1922.
 
"It's beautiful scenery," said Ceprish.
 
It’s a 9-hole, par 70, USGA Course, and while it’s only 5,600 yards in length, it makes up for it in terrain, and other on-course challenges.
 
"We have a golf pro on site, a pro shop, his name is Paul Fischer, a really great guy, so definitely come in and see him," said Ceprish.
 
And as long as you’re stopping in and seeing people, you may as well swing by the restaurant too, to see another familiar face in Central Pennsylvania, Kitchen Manager Jennifer Horton-Foreman.
 
"You're actually going to see me come out to the table, make sure the meal's OK, and I think that really sells the place," she said.
 
"She runs a very tight ship, so everyone is very skilled, very creative,” said Ceprish.
 
And that’s something Jennifer promotes in her kitchen.
 
"I really like it when the staff steps up to the plate, and really embraces something creative," she said.
 
Jennifer says she’s constantly featuring these creations on the daily specials board.  She says she also switches up the menu at least three times a year.
 
"I try to keep the kitchen on their toes, but uh, we try  to stick with the basics, like, we have some pasta dishes, we have steaks, we have you know, your hot roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, but we also have some bar food, we have the hamburgers, the greasy food, the baked Italian hoagies, things like that," said Horton-Foreman.
 
But their biggest source of pride can’t be found on a menu, it’s the sense of family you get as soon as you walk in the door.
 
"That's what makes it so personable up here.  We get to know everybody,” said Horton-Foreman.  "It makes everybody feel special, and everybody wants to be cared for.  And not only do we care for them through our food, you know, we care for them just genuinely."
 
So stop in, and pull up a chair!
 
"Because I'm sure you'll come back," said Ceprish.

The public is welcome to use the golf course or eat in the restaurant, but alcohol is limited to Elks Members, along with certain events and promotions.  For more information, visit their membership page.  
 
They also have a banquet room on site, to host meetings, weddings, showers or other parties.  Click on the link for more information!

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