Photographer: Michael Ng
Following the sale of their old course, the Manukau Golf Club has built a new course at Ardmore, known as Windross Farm, which opened in mid-2016. Following a design competition, ASC Architects was engaged to design the new clubrooms and related facilities.
Located in the centre of the new course, the brief required a north facing, single level building with good views of the course including the 18th green. The main building includes a main lounge and adjacent Cafe which could be used separately or combined to form one large space. Both include fireplaces for winter ambience, and open to generous north, east or west facing terraces for all-day sun, with wide verandas for summer shade. Other spaces include change rooms, a boardroom, administration, a commercial kitchen, a staffroom, and associated service and storage spaces. Adjacent buildings include a proshop, located near the 1st and 10th tees, and cart store which are located to screen the terrace areas from the prevailing SW wind. The current site location is rural but the area is likely to become residential in the coming years.
The design theme was therefore to be contemporary, though timeless, so as to be relevant for the life of the building. Simple hipped, symmetrical roof forms over rectangular buildings have therefore been adopted, with main materials being stained weather-boards, precast concrete panels with a timber board imprint, and long-run metal roofing.