Sustainability and Longevity
The words “country club” used to conjure up images of paunchy, aging men in Sansabelt slacks, drinking martinis after a few rounds on the golf course. Today, country clubs feature fine dining, fitness centers and activities for youngsters. These expanded amenities and improved architecture have increased memberships and spurred business by creating safe, family friendly environments.
The Tulsa Country Club is a perfect example. Tom Hoch, of Tom Hoch Design, explains that a lot of clubhouses were built as monuments to attract members, and they’re really too large for the clientele that they serve, so the energy is dispersed in the facility. “By rearranging the spaces inside, we were able to better orient all the dining views to look over the wonderful golf course and views of downtown. We did all this without adding any square footage to the building.”
Tom Hoch Design design staff built the furnishings in the company’s custom woodshop. One of Hoch’s proudest moments came from the old, heavy, two-inch-thick oak benches in the locker rooms. “We brought all of that wood to our workshop and made a lot of new furniture out of it,” he says. “Instead of thousands of feet of oak going to the landfill, we made tabletops for the club, credenzas and different accent pieces. We recrafted a lot of the stuff that they already had. True sustainability is when you have a facility that you know is going to be there for a long time and you don’t have to renovate it every five years.”