Clubhouse (Golf Terminology)

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The "clubhouse" is the main building at a golf course where golfers first head when arriving at the course. The clubhouse contains the pro shop, where golfers check in and pay, and usually includes some kind of food and drink service (whether a full-scale dining area, snack bar or simply drinks in a fridge).

At larger golf clubs, the clubhouse might also contain a meeting room and a bar or lounge, or locker rooms for golfers.

The term "clubhouse" derives from the original application of the term at golf courses. In pre-20th century Britain, private, members-only golf clubs sprang up around courses. Those clubs were not necessarily involved in running the golf course, but they attracted golfers who sought membership for social reasons or as a way to gain better access to the course. Those private clubs often purchased or built buildings adjacent to or nearby the courses they played at (example, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews building adjacent to The Old Course at St. Andrews). And those buildings were called "clubhouses" because they literally housed the club.

In modern times, not every golf course has a clubhouse. And at those that do, how large or small, how luxurious or basic the clubhouse varies widely. As a general rule, the fancier the golf course - the more expensive it is to play - the more likely it is to have a very nice clubhouse.

Alternate Spellings: Club house


  • "I'm going into the clubhouse to grab a snack at the turn."
  • "The men's golf association is meeting in the clubhouse on Saturday."