There’s a new contender for the most extravagant clubhouse in the world and it resides in Palm Desert, California.
Bighorn Golf Club unveiled their new, $70 million clubhouse at the end of 2017 and the pictures and descriptions are beyond compare. The 16-month project featured 950 tons of structural steel, 530 tons of rebar, 14,000 square feet of main roof, exterior and main interior walls of travertine imported from Portugal, floor material is limestone from Peru, 58 televisions throughout the building and 3,500 cubic yards of concrete, according to The Desert Sun.
— The Desert Sun (@MyDesert) November 10, 2017
Extravagance is no stranger to the world of private golf. Modern architecture seen in newer golf clubhouses such as Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., which hosted the 2017 Presidents Cup, the newly opened Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas or The Bridge in Bridgehampton, N.Y., are replacing the more traditional type of clubhouses seen at places like Medinah or Winged Foot.
The latest example of this new-age type of architecture is on display at Palm Desert’s Bighorn Golf Club, which just opened its brand-new clubhouse. The club—boasting two of the best courses in the desert, its Mountains and Canyons courses are both ranked within the top 30 in California, one of the most competitive states in the country—knocked down its existing structure to go all-in on a new building that has a confirmed price tag of $70 million(!). Yes, just for the clubhouse. $70 million.
Why so much money? Once you read about these features, you’ll get the idea: The structure includes four “penthouses,” ranging in size between 5,200 and 6,800 square feet—or about quadruple the size of your first apartment—sitting within the clubhouse to be used by members and their guests. The 80,000-square-foot clubhouse is built 1,000 feet above the floor of the valley to create ideal vistas of the desert, with interior and exterior travertine walls that were imported from Portugal and floors made with limestone imported from Peru.
Plus, new indoor and outdoor event spaces look as if Radio City Music Hall meets Coachella—to accommodate an expected 250 private parties in 2018.
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