At ;rst glance, it’s easy to see that the ;rst-place winners in the 2017 Golf Inc. Clubhouse of the Year competition have some
things in common. ;ey’re both private
clubs in Southern California, and they’re
located in a;uent areas – one in a sophisticated coastal city, the other in a desert
But the similarities go beyond geography and demographics. Both embarked on
projects with the same goal: to make their
facilities more welcoming for members
and to embrace the casual, outdoor-oriented lifestyle sought by today’s changing
club membership. And, in the opinion of
our judges, both achieved their objectives
;e ;rst-place award in the new construction category goes to Newport Beach
Country Club. Its $50 million project was
spearheaded by Melzer Deckert & Ruder
Architects, with Kay Lang + Associates
handling interior design.
;e winner in the remodel category is
;e Vintage Club in Indian Wells, which
undertook a $21 million project led by
Aetypic Inc. and Robert J. Geering, with
interior design by Jerry Beale and Wilson
Among new construction entries,
Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington,
N.C., was the second-place ;nisher, while
Boothbay Harbor Country Club in Boothbay, Maine, took third place. ;e judges
selected two new clubhouses for honorable
mention: Seven Canyons in Sedona, Ariz.,
and Hideaway at Arrington in College
Among renovated clubhouses, three
Florida clubs took honors. ;e Country
Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens,
was second, and Sail;sh Point Golf Club in
Stuart, was third, while an honorable men-
tion went to Frenchman’s Reserve Country
Club in Palm Beach Gardens. ;e Golf
Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., also
received an honorable mention.
Clubhouses that opened or reopened
in 2016 were eligible for the competition.
Scores were based on e;ciency, aesthetics,
sustainability and overall design.
;e winners were chosen through a
blind judging, with all identifying refer-
ences removed from the entries.
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BY KEITH CARTER
Remodel first place winner:
The Vintage Club, Indian Wells, Calif.