Golf Inc - Spring 2012 - (Page 34)
Martis Camp and Boot Ranch headline this year’s seven best clubhouses by working with local materials, local artisans and interweaving the clubhouses into the landscape.
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he number of new clubhouses has dropped in recent years due to the slowdown in new course development and the struggles that private clubs face both in the U.S. and Europe. But architects and interior designers continue to boldly move forward aesthetically, even if they have fewer canvasses to work on. Take, for example, Martis Camp. Its developers planned a high-end private club and community more than 10 years ago. But the Truckee, Calif., project faced significant environmental hurdles. DMB, developers of Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee and DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., brought in John Sather with Swaback Partners to tackle the mammoth challenge. Sather designed onsite, worked with local artisans and materials and took great pains to achieve LEED Gold status. “This is one that you appreciate for the phenomenal team that came together,” Sather said. “Everybody rose to the challenge and gave their all because they realized they would not get another opportunity like this. The breathtaking clubhouse won first place in our private category this year and best of the competition. Overall, we are honoring seven clubhouses this year — four new private clubs, two public courses and one renovation. Our three judges reviewed all entries and graded each project. We chose to honor the clubhouses that achieved high scores, regardless of category. Our judges are all experienced experts on clubhouse design and operations. Jim Richerson is general manager and group director of golf for Kohler Co. Frank Benzakour is general manager of Middle Bay Country Club. Kenneth Hart is director of architecture at Chambers. All three agree that Martis Camp achieved its goal of creating a timeless and iconic building that will last for generations. Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, Emaar Misr in Cairo, Egypt, and the other honorees will also likely make an impact on the world of golf for the long term.
Private: 1st Place Best of competition
Truckee, Calif. Owner: DMB/Highlands Management Group clubhouse architect: Swaback Partners interior Designer: Vallone Design contractor: Hayhoe Construction By the Numbers Private Club size: 73,485 sq. ft. cost: N/A Dining: Main, 99; Mixed Grill, 50; Private Dining, 23; Banquet Capacity, 200
The clubhouse at Martis Camp sits perched atop a 70-foot rock promontory, overlooking views of the course’s 18th fairway. It is, as our judges said, “breathtaking.” “This was really a once in a lifetime opportunity that we feel will be revered in 100 years from now,” said John Sather, the architect behind the project. “We had
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