An(ne)Architecture Blog

postings on architecture and all things related

Muirfield Village Golf Club - Returning Home

Anne Sciarrone - Friday, June 17, 2011
I am just returning home today from a trip to the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.  

The club, founded by Jack Nicklaus and officially opened in 1974 and home to the annual Memorial Tournament, is truly an extraordinary place.

I first visited Muirfield when I started working on the design of a 12-room Lodge in 2001 and continued work there until the spring of 2007 when we completed the construction of six new Golf Villas. 

This was my first trip back in well over a year and I was reminded of how bitter-sweet the end of a project always is for me.  Each time I am able to go back to visit an old project it is truly wonderful to  see it in full bloom - people using and enjoying the spaces as intended, mature landscaping all around, and in this case signs of impeccable upkeep. 

The best part about returning, though?  It’s the chance to reunite with the people.  When a project is done, the furniture moved in and job trailers moved out, I am most grateful for the relationships that I have built along the way.  In a way going back and seeing old friends makes it feel like I am “returning home”.

Is it time for your club to resurrect a Master Plan?

Anne Sciarrone - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Having had firsthand experience bringing back from the dead and breathing new life into failed Master Plans I wanted to share a case study from Club and Resort Business on how a winning master plan can transform a club’s success.  Not every club can pull off an ice rink, but it is worth considering what other  family activities you could offer and how updating your facilities could bring them alive.

As you read the article look for these key lessons from Columbia Country Club’s Master Planning experience:

    • Educate your membership.  Help them to better understand how your club amenities need to stay ahead of how the club industry is changing and how facilities make it possible to add updated programs and services
    • After making a commitment to staying fresh, come up with a big picture solution of where to be in the future. 
    • And be sure to involve an architect that has a keen understanding of clubs and the process of obtaining member approval.

Find the Club and Resort Business article here.

And,  I don't know about you, but I can't wait to try the crab cluster recipe!

Recent Posts