project name: Hersham Golf Club
location: Surrey
type: arts & leisure
client: Hersham Golf Club
value: Undisclosed

Hersham Village Golf Club commissioned SCd Architects to design their new entrance building that would become the new main entrance to the existing golf course and the new Adventure Golf course. The principle strategy for the new single storey clubhouse building is to form a new ‘hub’ that will be the new ‘show piece’ entrance for all the facilities.

The new building is designed to appear open and welcoming hence the front of the building is fully glazed to provide a transparent and inviting feel. The visitor is drawn into the building under a large over sailing entrance canopy that provides sufficient shelter to enable the inclusion of an external seating area. The pitched roof is derived from the form of the existing clubhouse; however, its use has been developed to create a dramatic over sailing roof that is supported by timber columns at the front which frame the entrance. Reference for the columns comes from the timber colonnade around the existing club house.

Once inside the entrance the main reception can be clearly seen. The reception manages bookings to all 3 main facilities, ie golf course, driving range and adventure golf. By locating the reception in this area, the member of staff has clear views to the entrances of each area, as well as having clear views across the car park to increase surveillance.

A new coffee shop will provide a suitable location for visitors to wait before their game, or provide refreshments at the end. The side of the building facing the adventure golf is primarily glazed in order to provide clear visibility across the adventure golf course, this will enable waiting parents to clearly see when their group is approaching and due to finish.

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