Architects: Heidi Hefferlin, Principal
Photography: Sarah Dorio
The Chattanooga Golf and Country Club was founded in 1896, making it the oldest course at its original site in Tennessee — that’s just eight years shy of the first golf course in the United States. Over the past 15 years, HK and the club have undertaken significant steps to modernize the historic facility. This renovation came at a time when younger families were poised to become prominent members at the club, necessitating updates that would appeal to the next generation as well as better suit the needs of the current club members. Our approach introduced an elegant, sophisticated design that would revitalize the club while also preserving the historic aspects that make this club so special.
Chattanooga Golf and Country Club wanted to ensure their newly modernized facilities were immediately visible to potential members, prompting a revitalized entry as well as modernized event spaces. We also updated the club’s locker rooms — often seen as one of the most important club features — adding a spa environment in keeping with the Tudor architecture to provide a relaxing and unique atmosphere for the club members. Finally, we worked with the club to reinvent several of the dining spaces, including the Overlook and Fairway Grilles. Overlook Grille’s architecture is now united with the stunning surrounding landscape: river rock fireplace and natural materials and colors complement and direct views to the river theme, while windows and doors further the main dining room’s connection to the adjoining al fresco terrace. Fairway Grille also received an elevated aesthetic, with a new interior of cherry paneling, lead-glazed cabinets, granite tops, and brass rails completely transforming the cafeteria-like environment into a cozy English pub.
The renovations undertaken by HK and the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club have restored the building to a former glory, as well as ensuring active and dedicated membership for years to come. In the words of the club manager: “Another home run.”