Location: Pope Valley, California
Johnson Fain was commissioned to provide visioning and architectural design services to restore Aetna Springs as a premier resort. The new 8,800 square foot golf clubhouse reflects the quintessential North Bay style, relying heavily on charming wood designs that reflect the remarkable craftsmanship of the 1880s. The clubhouse offers all the modern amenities, while preserving the character and romance of the legendary resort and bygone eras. Taking clues from the resort’s 1880s Bernard Maybeck designed dining hall, the clubhouse features large exposed wood trusses, stone columns and fireplaces and oversized chandeliers. The sweeping verandas and expansive glass walls offer wonderful natural lighting and panoramic views of the historic, restored course and rolling hills of the Pope Valley. Unusual forms, inventive details and interesting array of materials provide the clubhouse and resort a distinctive and appropriate vernacular. The clubhouse’s materials, structure and siting celebrate the historic golf course and the areas tranquility and beauty. Working with Johnson Fain, noted golf course designer, Tom Doak has meticulously restored the original nine-hole course, the oldest on the west coast. The two story clubhouse offers a main dining hall, lounge, bar, pro-shop and locker rooms. These spaces are appointed with rich materials, custom details, natural finishes and luxurious furnishings.