Interesting write-up on golf clubs and their assocaited club house… And they start w/ Long Island’s own Shinnecock Hills.
The earliest golf clubhouses in the U.S., like most of their predecessors in Great Britain, were golf-only affairs. The elegant Shinnecock Hills clubhouse on Long Island, N.Y., designed by Stanford White in 1893, was the first U.S. structure purpose-built for golf, and it still keeps watch, relatively modest in size, over the great links-style course there.
It didn’t take long, however, for golf clubs to morph into country clubs and clubhouses to become stupendous. There have always been a few, like Shinnecock, that remained pure golf clubs, but most of the 20th century was an arms race to see which clubs could outdo the others in size, function and all-around opulence. Now, however, there seems to be a new appreciation for smaller, golf-only clubs and clubhouses.