asm for the club among members.
“When I started here ;ve years ago, we
had 10 to 12 names on a list of members
wanting to sell their memberships,” he
said. “Now we have 50 names on a waiting
list to join.” Newport Beach Country Club is a home
away from home for its more than 900
members, so it’s no surprise that they
would want a state-of-the-art facility with
a wide range of amenities and a welcom-
ing, gracious atmosphere.
;e new, 56,000-square-foot clubhouse
has transformed what was a golf-only club
into a full-service, family-friendly venue
with ;tness, aquatics and dining and banquet facilities that appeal to a broader
range of members.
Designed in the California Coastal
Cra;sman style, the new clubhouse
exudes casual sophistication. A variety of
native plant materials was used, and the
architecture is dominated by stone with
cra;ed wood and detailed interior ;nishes.
;e building site was elevated to make
the most of the panoramic ocean views.
Verandas and patios ;ow from dining and
meeting rooms, creating an indoor-outdoor feel that takes advantage of Newport
Beach’s year-round climate.
“;e architect encapsulized our goals
by creating a building that’s the opposite
of stu;y,” said Membership Director Clint
Cook. “;e ;oor-to-ceiling windows
allow a lot of light into the building. It’s
open and airy.”
;e interior design uses cedar and so;-
woods, with extensive gable roof over-
hangs. Natural color plaster was used on
the interior walls to avoid painting. ;e
building exceeds California’s stringent
energy-usage requirements by approxi-
mately 10 percent, in part by using a “cool”
roof with extra-thick insulation and LED
lighting. Water from the site is channeled,
via continuous landscaping features, to a
bio-;lter system, and all of the clubhouse
landscaping is irrigated with 100 percent
Cook said the feedback he’s received has
been overwhelmingly positive, and the
facility has generated a renewed enthusi-
Newport Beach Country Club
Newport Beach, Calif.
Owner: International Bay Clubs Inc.
Clubhouse architect: Melzer Deckert
& Ruder Architects
Interior Design: Kay Lang + Associates
Contractor: Driver SPG/Tynan Group
Construction cost: $50 million
What the judges said:
;is is a well-designed clubhouse. ;e
attention to detail is truly second to none.
Several airy spaces are found throughout
the building, in addition to a spectacular
terrace that will be, without any shadow
of a doubt, a focal dining venue. Members
will enjoy gathering on the terrace while
celebrating many events. ;e vistas toward
the golf course are just breathtaking.
;e expansive terraces and large windows
are my favorite part of this clubhouse, as
they allow spaces to extend to the outdoors. ;e light and airy volumes bring
the outside in and take advantage of the
coastal views. —Bryan Webb