The thought that a clubhouse should have a certain look is no longer acceptable. Some designers can have unbearable egos and attitudes, but when it’s time for a renovation, members know what they are missing and exactly what they want. Designers must listen to the members.
The design team at Harris Interiors takes a unique approach; we listen. It’s your members’ club, not ours. It’s our challenge to deliver a customized design that solves operational issues first, complete with a timeless, but current aesthetic.
In December of 2015, North Shore Country Club, in Glenview, IL hired Harris Interiors after ending an unsuccessful partnership with another interior design firm. After meeting with the design committee, it was clear that they knew what they wanted, but they had no idea how to get it. Of course casual, family dining was most important, along with gathering spaces, an area for teens, a separate area for adults, and upgraded private dining. Most of all, North Shore Country Club needed its own identity.
Construction began in January 2016. The first phase was a renovation of the club’s entry, pre-function, ballroom and three private dining rooms. These spaces were significantly upgraded with custom millwork, new finishes, furnishings, decorative lighting and acoustic treatments. An existing under utilized outdoor terrace overlooking the golf course was upgraded with new dining and lounge furnishings.
The second and final phase was completed in September. This phase included a renovated family grille, complete with its own bar, televisions, and teen area with a pool table. On the renovated upper level, adult dining received an overhaul, including a special Chef’s Table private dining room (pictured right). An adjacent adult bar and lounge is brand new space with soft contemporary design.
“To date we have seen an uptick in F&B revenues to the tune of 35-40 percent,” explained Tim Ward, CCM, the club’s general manager. “The members are stopping in before going to the movies, plays or sporting events. This is a complete 180 from the past. They now see the club as a viable nightspot to stop for a quick drink or hang out. This is huge for us and bodes well moving forward. The acceptance of the new clubhouse areas is unanimous and the energy and morale of the membership are remarkably improved. Now we’re set to build upon this momentum and secure the club as their third choice after home and job!”
Harris Interiors took on the challenge to deliver what the members wanted. The proof is in the numbers, but also in how the members feel about their club. BR
Kelley Harris is principal interior designer at Harris Interiors, a full-service clubhouse interior design firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Please visit their website for additional information www.hintatlanta.com, or call (404) 492-5997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.