From Dubai to Georgia: These are the world’ grandest golf clubhouses

June 20, 2016 6:50 pm

Golfing is not associated with a larger, upscale lifestyle. (Image: Alamy)

Golf is ancient – its origins reportedly date back to the 15th century. But today, it has exceeded the boundaries of being just a sport. The game itself is associated with upscale living, as has been depicted in movies, and there are many tie-ups between golfers and luxury brands, along with many other connotations.


All of this makes the sport almost a basic building block for a comfortable, upscale lifestyle. And a very integral part of this lifestyle is the clubhouse, found at almost every golf course.


Below is a list of the world’s most iconic golf clubhouses round the world, released by

18. Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club


Located in Lancashire, England, this opens as one of the courses for Open Championship rotation. It was constructed in the late 19th century and is one of the premiere links courses in the world.


17. Trump National Golf Club Bedminister


This is located in Bedminister, Northern Jersey, and boasts a house constructed in 1932. Donald Trump nabbed the place when it became available in 2002, creating a new world-class golf club with two new courses, but held on to the ancient house and renovated it; it now serves as a clubhouse.


This course has witnessed a several tournaments, including the one that Jordan Spieth won in 2009.


16. East Lake Golf Club


Located in Atlanta, East Lake dates back to 1907 and is a “certifiable golf royalty”. The clubhouse has been partly restored and transformed by Tom Cousins in 1955. It has been the home club to young Bobby Jones.


15. Congressional Country Club


This clubhouse, located in Bethesda Maryland, was designed in a Spanish-revival style by Philip M Julien in 1924. The structure served as the perfect backdrop when Roy Mcllroy hit the defining shot of the 2011 US Open, one of the finest shots of his career.


14. Indian Creek Country Club


This is located at the Indian Creek Village, Florida, on the north end of Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The Mediterranean-style clubhouse was designed by Maurice Fatio in 1929.


13. Oakmont Country Club


Located in Oakmont, Pa., this clubhouse ages back to 1904 and is listed as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s got an overlay of green, a white façade and symmetrical Tudor gables, all of which are the work of architect Edward Stotz. It has hosted eight US Opens and will be hosting the ninth in 2016.


12. Formby Golf Club


The Lancashire club dates back to 1884 and its current clubhouse was built in 1901 by Liverpool architect firm Haigh, Marmon & Thompson. One of its iconic elements is the clock tower, gifted to the clubhouse in 1909 by club member J Bruce Ismay, whose company was in the process of building the Titanic at the time.


The club has hosted many memorable games, including a 2004 Curtis Cup match, featuring a 14-year-old Michelle Wie.


11. Seelpy Hollow Country Club


Before transforming into the venue we know today, this structure in Scarborough, New York, was first built as a Vanderbilt mansion. It was only converted to a clubhouse in the 1890s. However, it maintains its grandeur and magnificence in its spacious interior.


10. Ridgewood Country Club


From its conception, this structure was meant for the purpose it serves today. Located in Paramus, New Jersey, it was crafted by Clifford Wendehack , a renowned clubhouse architect of the 1920s.


The club is has hosted the PGA Tour’s Barclays event for three times, it welcomed the Ryder Cup, a US Senior Open and a Senior PGA Championship.


9. Sunningdale Golf Club


This is located in Berkshire, England. It stands out for its low-key elegance, perfect proportions.


8. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

This is home to several European Tour events. Designed by British architect Brian Johnson to reflect the emirate’s nautical heritage by incorporating the rig of an Arabian dhow, it is one of the iconic and most recognized symbols of the history of the United Arab Emirates.


7. Royal Birkdale Golf Club


An innovative, Art Deco-style clubhouse dating back to circa 1935. This is located in Southport, England and was created by architect George Touge, who created it in a ship-like design. The clubhouse has hosted eight Open Championships.


6. Medinah Country Club


Located in Medinah, Illinois. This Byzantine clubhouse design was the creation of a vision by Chicago-born architect Richard Gustav Schmidt in 1926. Green-roofed and featuring a mosque-like architecture, with mock minerals and domes rotunda, this clubhouse has been impressing golfers for decades.


5. Stoke Park


Located in Buckinghamshire, England, this structure was previously home to the Penn family, the founders of Pennsylvania. It was later refined by James Wyatt, the architect to King George III. The clubhouse has featured in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.


4. Winged Foot Golf Club


This masterpiece in Mamaroneck, New York, was created during golf’s golden age by architect Clifford Charles Wendehack. It was home to five US Opens and is going to host its sixth in 2020.


3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club


This is located in Southampton, New York, boasting a Shinny’s shingle-style architecture. It has hosted several US Opens and is speculated to be the first building ever constructed in 1892 to serve as a golf clubhouse.


2. Augusta National Golf Club


Located in Augusta, Georgia, this is regarded as one of the most famous and recognized clubhouses in the United States and around the world. The structure is known for its two-story pavilion and top cupola. The original building catalog dates back to the 1920s.


1. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews


Located in St. Andrews, Scotland, the ancient structure serves as the backdrop for the oldest links on earth. The neoclassical shrine dates back to 1854 and is regarded as golf’s most iconic clubhouse. It only started admitting women into the building in 2014. It has been through eight expansions and additions over the years, including the bay windows it boasts today.



AMEinfo Staff
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