World’s Best Golf Clubhouses
It’s been said that if golf courses are the soul of a golf club, then the clubhouse is the heart of a golf club. With that in mind, here are some of the most iconic clubhouses from around the globe…
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, United Arab Emirates
Designed by architect Brian Johnson, Dubai Creek’s golf club is suitably in keeping with the grandeur of its destination. The clubhouse features three unmissable concrete sails which can be seen from all angles, including overhead. Each standing at 35m tall, the sails are said to represent Dubai’s nautical heritage. It may not be one of the oldest course on our list having opened in the mid-90s during Dubai’s generation, but it’s certainly one of the most unique. It’s also become a firm favourite for pros on the European Tour.
Loch Lomond Golf Club, Scotland
You’ll struggle to find many clubhouses anywhere on the globe which offer a more idyllic setting than Loch Lomond Golf Club. The Scottish icon is situated on a stunning lakeside Georgian estate that used to be home to the Colquhouns, a Highland Scottish clan. The clubhouse itself is built of local pink and yellow sandstones, and only became a golfing destination in 1994. The Club now has a total of 43 suites located around the site for members and their guests staying overnight.
Medinah Country Club, USA
The setting for one of the greatest Ryder Cups in history also boats one of the most stunning clubhouses too. The Medinah Country Club in Illinois was design by Chicago-born architect Richard Gustav Schmid in 1926. Having already crafted some of the most famed buildings in his city, Schmid reportedly modelled the redbrick and green-roofed clubhouse on a Turkish mosque, with a capped the structure that features mock minarets and a dramatic domed rotunda.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, South Korea
If you’re into something a little more contemporary, you’ll be hard pressed to find a clubhouse more modern than South Korea’s first Jack Nicklaus golf course. Opened in 2010, Jack the Nicklaus Golf Club was designed by Iranian architect Mehrdad Yazdani and features curved zinc roofs, pavilions which sit on stone plinths, and pilasters made from local Merbau wood to minimise glare and soaring temperatures. Inside, it’s marble floors all the way alongside some limestone wall panels.
King Kamehameha Golf Club, Hawaii
Located on the island of Maui in Hawaii, the clubhouse at the King Kamehameha Golf Club is one-of-the-kind. Featuring its iconic porthole windows and desert-rose skin, the clubhouse is one of only two Frank Lloyd Wright designs on the Hawaiian islands. It was actually initially designed to be the 14,000-square-foot Connecticut home of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, but the plans were later acquired by the club’s developers, who expanded the footprint to 74,778 square feet. The course itself is private, but the KKGC clubhouse is open to the public and features rich African-mahogany casework, a stained-glass skylight depicting butterflies, as well as a collection of rare Hawaiian art.
Augusta National Golf Club, USA
It may not have the grandeur of some on our list, but it’s still no less iconic. Home to the US Masters, the course at Augusta National is famed across the world for its difficulty as well as its beauty from the pink azaleas which bloom all over the 18-hole and 9-hole courses. And while the holes at Augusta grab the centrefold pages, we also absolutely love the clubhouse. Built in 1854, it’s thought to be the first concrete house built in the South, and features everything from a Champions Locker Room to the famed ‘Crow’s Nest’, a top-floor bunkhouse with five beds and a sitting area that traditionally houses amateurs during the tournament.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland
But really there’s only one clubhouse we all wish we could frequent, and that’s at St. Andrews. Any golfer worth his/her weight in clubs wants to play the Old Course on Scotland’s east coast. Having been around since the 15th century, there are actually three clubhouses at St. Andrews, with the Swilcan Lounge at the Links Clubhouse providing the best views of the stunning Old Course. There’s a reason it’s called the ‘Home of Golf’.