An island clubhouse and Harbour Town take
top honors in a year dominated by clubhouses
designed to appeal to families and resort-style
By Jack Crittenden
Talis Park is not your father’s country club.
Syd Kitson bought the private community
out of receivership in 2011 and immediately set out to reposition it in the highly
competitive Naples, Fla., market.
But instead of competing with the same
o;ering, Kitson chose to remake Talis
Park into a more family-friendly club with
a hilltop clubhouse that would act as the
social gathering place for the community.
As with many of this year’s Clubhouse
of the Year honorees, that meant tearing
down the old clubhouse and replacing it
with a new one.
Kitson brought in Peacock + Lewis as
the architects, and they did just that, winning this year’s best of show honors.
But while Talis Park may have done
the best job, it is not the only honoree
that created a more family-friendly, casual, resort-style clubhouse. ;ose trends
dominate this year’s competition, illustrating how private clubs, and even public courses, are positioning themselves in
Golf venues, especially country clubs,
have evolved in recent years. And the golf
industry’s top architects and interior de-
signers are leading the way, helping clubs
and resorts stay relevant in a new market.
Golf Inc. recognized nine clubhouses
this year — six new clubhouses and three
renovations. Our four judges — architects,
interior designers and a general manager
— rated each entry for e;ciency, aesthetics, sustainability and overall design.
All clubhouses that opened or reopened
in 2015 were eligible for the competition.
;is year’s judges:
Frank Benzakour is general manager
of Village Club of Sands Point in Sands
Point, N.Y. He has 20 years of experience
Kenneth Hart, principal of Hart Design Group, is an architect and interior
designer. He is a past clubhouse honoree
for his work at Inverness Country Club in
Mark Melzer is a principal with Melzer, Deckert and Ruder Architects, which
specializes in golf clubhouses, resorts and
resort housing. His is a past honoree for
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission
Beth McGehee is principal at SB Design, an interior design ;rm in Scottsdale,
Ariz. She is a past honoree for ;e Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale.