Clemson University, Penley Golf Clubhouse

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Clemson University tapped into McMillan Pazdan Smith’s extensive sports facility design experience when their Athletic Department decided to implement the next phase of the golf program’s master plan. The design of the Larry B. Penley, Jr. Golf Clubhouse was strategically important in creating a competitive recruiting environment for Clemson’s nationally recognized men’s golf program and the establishment of the women’s program.

Following the program’s first national NCAA Championship and the PGA success of several recent alumni, our design team created a clubhouse that showcases the program’s success, accommodates the men’s team locker and training facilities, hosts donor events, features an indoor putting green, and serves as a recruiting destination.

Visible from the heart of the university’s athletic district, the three-story, 7,600 SF, brick-clad structure sits between a scenic river basin and a heavily wooded hill adjacent to the driving range and short game practice area. The clubhouse features wrap-around porches and a metal roof, recalling the stately architecture of Southern golf clubhouses and utilizing practical sun shading and other sustainable strategies.