Feature Design

Clubhouse Area

Location of the clubhouse is based on an analysis of the budget, elevations and the amenities desired around the structure. Development costs generally increase as the length of the entrance road becomes longer due to the expense of services. Elevated sites permit views of the golf course and can potentially lead to a downhill opening hole. A large area is necessary to accommodate amenities including the entrance drive, parking, practice area, first and tenth tees and ninth and eighteenth greens.

Traffic flow around the clubhouse plays an important role in the efficient operation of the golf course. Leading golfers progressively from the parking lot, through the clubhouse, towards the driving range, on to the putting green and finally to the first tee can result in greater use of the practice area and golfers arriving at the first tee on time. Locating the driving range close to the first tee in sight of the pro shop ensures greater control of starting times. Positioning the ninth green and tenth tee near the clubhouse can permit this building to be used as the halfway house.

Views from the clubhouse can add to the golfing experience. An elevated site is important for capturing the full potential of the view. Locating the ninth, or preferably the eighteenth green adjacent to the lounge or patio can entertain golfers after their round has been completed.