If you plan your vacations around golf, chances are you usually focus on which courses provide the best challenge or are most unique. But have you ever considered which clubs have the best clubhouses? These structures often set the tone for a club and help you feel miles away from everyday life thanks to their style and amenities. Check out our list of the top 10 clubhouses in America and you might just find the perfect spot for your next weekend getaway.
10.) La Casa at Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley, Arizona
Encanterra Country Club is a true golfer’s paradise. The Mediterranean architecture, mountain views, and numerous amenities (including three pools and outdoor fireplaces and fountains) make it easy to unwind after a day out on the course.
9.) The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe in Rancho Santa Fe, California
The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe provide a little taste of Tuscany. This country club made it to our top 10 due to its casual, yet elegant surroundings. Built in 2000, the Bridges was awarded the Gold Nugget for the Best Public/Private Recreational Facility in the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference in 2001.
8.) The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Architect Marlon Blackwell won a competition to design this clubhouse that has a definite modern feel yet at the same time blends into the nature around it. It was made primarily with materials that are naturally found in the area and its expansive windows let you take in the beauty of the Ozarks while you unwind after a round on their Robert Trent Jones-designed course. (There is no website for this course.)
7.) Half Moon Bay Golf Links in Half Moon Bay, California
Located outside San Francisco on the California coastline is Half Moon Bay Country Club. This impressive club not only offers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, but the unique Georgian revival estate is home to one of the most challenging Scottish-inspired golf link courses.
6.) Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida
Just steps away from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the Trump International Golf Club is home to one of the top 100 golf courses in America, and one of our top 10 must-see club houses. Palm trees and water elements surround this club house and course, helping you escape to paradise for a round or two.
5.) Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland
Few clubs can match the Congressional in terms of historic appeal. Started in the 1920s as a meeting place for Congress members, it was originally a hot spot for presidents and business tycoons. Today, the club boasts two 18-hole courses and has hosted numerous national golf tournaments.
4.) Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey
The easiest way to get to our #4 golf club is by Liberty National’s 47-foot private boat. If that wasn’t enough to put this club at the top of your list, enjoy the majestic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty through the clubhouse’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
3.) Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois
Richard G. Schmid designed this impressive, Byzantine-style club house in the 1920s. Adding to the elegance of the building are its distinctive sixty-foot dome and the numerous murals and frescos that decorate the interior. Add in the fact that Medinah has three world-class courses and you’ve got a country club fit for a king!
2.) The King Kamehameha Golf Club in Maui, Hawaii
Based off of an original design by Frank Lloyd Wright, the King Kamehameha Clubhouse features skylights and stunning etched and stained glass. Elements of Hawaiian culture can be found across the grounds, from an alter honoring ancient Hawaiian chiefs to the traditional Hawaiian artwork that decorates the building, reinforcing the staff members’ commitment to na mea Hawai’i (all things Hawaiian).
1.) The Bridge Golf Club in Bridgehampton, New York
Our number one pick for must-see golf clubhouses in America is the Bridge. Built on the site of an old motor racing circuit, elements of the racetrack can be found across the grounds. The clubhouse itself was even modeled after the blades on a racecar’s turbocharger, giving it a distinctive fan-shape. The club’s rules break from tradition as well (you won’t find a strict dress code here) making a visit to the Bridge perfect for the modern golfer.
Now that you’ve seen the all that America’s golf clubhouses have to offer, it’s time to start planning a trip to visit your favorite(s). Don’t forget to pack the essentials from Lost Golf Balls!