Golf Clubhouse, Surrey  Longshot

Fletcher Priest recently completed a private golf clubhouse overlooking the Surrey Hills, one of the most beautiful landscapes in England. The building takes the form of a pair of barn-like structures that nest on a ridge of mature trees and complement the Arts and Crafts architecture for which the area is renowned. Overlooking a golf course by the renowned golf designer David McLay Kidd, the site borders a Special Area of Conservation.

The two buildings are clad in black timber with roofs pitched at 47.5 degrees, the angle favoured by Sir Edwin Lutyens who built many houses in Surrey based on his studies of vernacular architecture. Dark reclaimed roof tiles have been used on the main building of the clubhouse, while the smaller building (the ‘pro shop’) is covered with a matt black corrugated roof as a reference to agricultural vernacular. Tall, narrow windows reflect the typical barn door shape.

Inside the main building an exposed green oak roof structure provides a sense of drama and enables large gable windows to bring in natural light. Interiors by Susie Atkinson build on Fletcher Priest’s contemporary, playful details including handrails and fireplaces – all made using beautiful materials.

Strategically located windows frame views of the golf course and natural environment. The clubroom is subtly subdivided into smaller, intimate, spaces which open enfilade views of the outstanding landscape beyond.