Pine Hills Country Club,
Pine Hills Country Club has seen many changes in its existence since 1905. A growing trend in recent years has been the increased involvement of families. To better balance the needs of individuals and families and enhance the overall membership experience, Pine Hills hired Abacus Architects to conduct a planning study of their existing facility. The club sought to update its design to be more family friendly and also expand member utilization.
Outdoor space and the stunning views of the golf course it afforded were two of the club’s most significant assets. Another asset, the clubhouse itself, was being underutilized on its upper level, while its lower level and “19th hole” were becoming more and more popular. Abacus guided Pine Hills Country Club in addressing each of these areas—remodeling clubhouse, pool and dining amenities—as a result of the planning study.
The Abacus team designed a new outdoor pool, patio, locker rooms, and snack bar that would become the focal point of the north elevation overlooking the golf course. The previous game room, with an awkward entrance off the men’s locker room, was converted into an executive board room. Meanwhile, a new family room replaced the old board room behind the 19th hole bar, a separate space children could have to themselves that wouldn’t be disruptive to other members.
Upper level renovations focused on making it more attractive for hosting weddings, parties and other large events. A little-used and appreciated covered walkway was annexed to expand the dining room. It was a cost-effective addition since it required only the installation of windows into existing archways.
Throughout the renovation, Abacus took care to tie the new construction into both the existing topography and architecture of the original clubhouse.
“Country clubs are evolving, and it’s rewarding to see a project like this affect so many people.”
Robert Heimerl, Design Architect