2020 Clubhouse of the Year Winners II: New Private Clubhouse

Editor's note: this is the second of a three part series. The winners in the new public clubhouse were previously announced and the winners for clubhouse renovation will be announced soon. 

In the Private Club category, High Ridge Country Club in Lantana, Fla., received top honors for its new clubhouse. The clubhouse architect was Peacock + Lewis and Pembrook & Ives handled the interior design. The design team was ecstatic to hear the news. 

“As a firm, we are very proud of this project and the entire team that was involved in bringing it to life,” said Stephanie Sarkies, the lead designer. “Working with a large group of professionals as well as a board of directors can be challenging. However, everyone involved with this project was very collaborative and made the experience thoroughly enjoyable. This board and the club manager were equally as dedicated . . . to creating a luxurious clubhouse that would elevate the country club lifestyle.”

The big difference in this year’s competition was that more public clubs than private clubs were honored. Normally, the opposite is true.

Here’s a look at the new private clubhouse 2020 Clubhouse of the Year winners:

1. High Ridge Country Club in Lantana, Fla.

The goal of this project was to create a clubhouse that would complement the golf course. This needed to be accomplished with the least amount of disruption possible, so as not to interfere with members’ activities.

The new building takes better advantage of golf course views. A contemporary design with the latest technology, it also has lower operating costs.

“The use of (a) very strong organizing axis through an otherwise very sprawling floor plan not only controls the massive square footage but makes movement through the clubhouse clear and approachable for the members,” judge Kevin Lichten wrote. “The exterior and interior aesthetics are crisp and restrained, a plus for what could be a disorienting experience. The entry facade is very strong and confident. A winner!”

2. No. 7 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Intended for year-round enjoyment, the clubhouse is surrounded by a new championship, USGA-rated, par-54 golf course. Inspiration for the clubhouse came from the developer’s desire for an inclusive, fun and family‐friendly community gathering place that acts as a destination within a destination.

“The architecture of the clubhouse has the classic modern lines reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wonderful open floor plan with lots of windows,” judge Ron Cutlip wrote. “The structure (was) masterfully integrated into the topography and landscape, bringing the golf course to its door.” 

Judge Jon Bernhard agreed. He wrote: “Simple, timeless forms and regionally appropriate materials. Extensive rooflines and floor-to-ceiling glass create an expansive environment for sheltered communal activities in an otherwise small enclosed space.”

Added judge Steve Cencicola: “Smart use of smaller space. Clean, contemporary look. Works well in desert environment.”

3. Marshwood and Magnolia Courses in Savannah, Ga.

This clubhouse represents the culmination of a four-year capital improvement plan for The Landings Club. The original clubhouse was the first of four built on the property and served two golf courses built by Arnold Palmer. The new clubhouse was designed to simultaneously honor the Lowcountry legacy at The Landings and honor Palmer. 

“Modern architecture with clean lines, high ceilings, open-style floor plan,” judge Ron Cutlip wrote. “Well sited into the topography and landscape.” 

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The clubhouse is a pleasure to visit and dine in!

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