DRUMS — Edgewood in the Pines Golf Course and Banquet Facility has a new owner and a new name.

Neighboring golf course community and wedding venue Sand Springs Country Club purchased Edgewood in Drums for an undisclosed amount Tuesday morning and already began work on renovations and upgrades, said John Shema, general manager.

Edgewood, which will now be known as Edgewood by Sand Springs, will remain open through the improvement work, which includes gutting and transforming the ballroom into a new facility, adding more rooms, and upgrades to the kitchen and bathrooms, he said.

“We wanted to uphold the Edgewood name that has been known in the community for over 35 years while bringing both locations under our Sand Springs name,” he said.

All the bookings at the banquet facility will be honored, as will all special requests for those functions, Shema said. Brides with the first two weddings have been contacted and assured the renovations will not impact their big days, he said.

“We’re going to work around and in between the weddings,” Shema said. “We don’t want to interfere with the brides. We don’t want a glitch in anyone’s function here.”

Shema hopes to build up the wedding and banquet business, using Edgewood as an overflow for Sand Springs, which opened a 3,200-square-foot venue, Celebrations at Sand Springs, in 2013. Sand Springs has 65 weddings booked this year and doesn’t want to turn away brides who want their weddings in the valley, he said.

“We need overflow dates,” Shema said. “We’ll be able to send some overflow over here.”

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Outside, a backhoe was ripping out a golf cart path on the 18th hole of the 6,721-yard golf course, he said. They will be replacing the aged cart paths and working on irrigation and drainage on the course, Shema said.

Golfers were directed around the cart path work on Tuesday, and the golf course will remain open with normal hours, he said. They intend to honor all memberships and leagues, he said.

“Nothing is going to change in golf at all,” Shema said.

The exception might be the pro shop, where more merchandise has been added and stocked up, he said. The restaurant and grill at the clubhouse will be opening today, Shema said.

Edgewood employees remain on staff and the company plans on hiring more people as they build up the wedding business, he said. Management will be accepting applications for wedding coordinators, cooks, wait staff and golf maintenance, he said.

Sand Springs has a three-year plan for the improvements, Shema said.

The Barletta family built and opened Edgewood in the Pines and continued to operate it until 1997, when Gotham Golf Partnership purchased the facility.

About five years later, Orix Capital Markets of Dallas purchased the facility and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski played a managing role. For years, the sign at the entrance read Ron Jaworski’s Edgewood in the Pines.

The most recent owner was a company called Make It Better LP, which purchased the property for $537,500 in 2012.

Partners in the venture at the time included Stephen Walser, former Standard-Speaker general manager and publisher; U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, whose family developed Edgewood; Joe Boretski; Harold Karchner, who owned Rolling Pines golf course in Berwick for 10 years; Dave Merrick of Merrick Hydroglazing and Water Blasting in Hazleton, and Ed Abraham.

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