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In one word Machrihanish Golf Course’s clubhouse should be ‘traditional’ in keeping with the golf course and Machrihanish village.
The proposal presented by the current committee falls short.
The roof line and pitch are the angle of a Chinese pagoda. Instead of a steep Victorian pitch, the proposed roof design looks like a brim hat with the sides down.
The design would look good in Hong Kong or the desert of Arizona—not in Machrihanish sited between a row of sandstone manses and the Ugadale Hotel.
On the other hand, the existing pro shop is a perfect example of taste in design.
The new clubhouse could copy it using reasonable construction costs, for instance two inch by six inch framing faced with a thin stone veneer similar to the cottages at the Ugadale.
That is what visitors and guests want to see, a clubhouse in keeping with ‘Old Tom Morris’.
In the name of good design, change it while you still can.