Sheri Peterson Interior Design The Uplands Golf Club-2015 Clubhouse renovation

The Uplands Golf Club is a beautiful Canadian PGA tour course in picturesque Victoria British Columbia. Established in 1922, the Uplands course was carved through meadows, iconic Garry Oak trees, and long-established firs and cedars. The current clubhouse was built in 1993, and features a circular style, modern west coast architectural design. Large windows currently provide sweeping views over the park-like course on 3 sides of the building. The clubhouse interior features edged grain fir wainscoting, fir door and window trim, along with cedar beams and paneled ceilings in some areas. It is simply a beautiful, light filled space- modern and elegant.

West Coast Architecture

The members main concern was that the interiors were now 22 years old. Cosmetic updates were definitely required as was a more efficient use of space. They really wanted to increase the overall size of their main lounge providing a bar at which they could sit. They wanted to bring it up to current styles and trends while retaining the modern west coast feel of the building, keeping all the fir, cedar, and wood elements. The ladies locker room also desperately needed a facelift as well as there were not enough washrooms.

The new President's Lounge

The main dining room

The foyer and staircase

My firm, Sheri Peterson Interior Design, was hired in September 2014 to begin initial concepts and planning for the proposed renovation. This 18 month process began with the formation of a renovation committee, accountable to the board. We met monthly with management to review the updates, starting with initial concept and design ideas, very preliminary budget forecasts, and narrowing down the focus of what was required and needed. I focused on selecting materials that complemented all the interior fir, which had aged to an orange hue. The overall palette was selected using warm putty greys, charcoal, and a toned down warm gold. As requested, a bar was designed for the members lounge and new washrooms were created. The area between the stairs and the windows was glass enclosed to increase lounge space. The new bar featured a Garry Oak top milled from one of the course's downed trees. It went into the kiln in the early fall so it could be ready for the spring installation. After the all finishes were selected and rough budgets were estimated, the members then voted on the design. They overwhelming voted yes!

The new bar in the main lounge

The expanded area in the main lounge

Antique club detail at the new bar

The Garry Oak bar top

The renovation began on January 4, 2016 and was completed in April 2016. As in any project of this scope, there were a few hiccups, but nothing insurmountable. They key is always hiring a good general contractor, having all permits ready to go, ordering all materials on time, and communication!

The design boards and renderings

The result... The new Uplands Golf Club clubhouse space turned out fabulous! The members are thrilled, by an overwhelming majority! The new bar is packed most nights and on men's nights it's hard to get a seat. The new glassed- in space is well used, if anything, those tables are filled first. The dining room is very elegant, the new washrooms are lovely, and the ladies love their locker room! We came in only 5% over budget and virtually on time. The project was completed for the 2016 Canadian PGA tour stop and the results were very favorable overall. It is very gratifying to know the initial needs were met and the members have a space to enjoy and feel proud of for many years to come.

That's me, feeling very gratified!
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Sheri Peterson and Gary McKinstry

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