October 2007

Port Royal Clubhouse Gets an Upgrade

Author: Paul deVere

...and the Chamber come to Celebrate!

Drive up the lane leading to the new Port Royal clubhouse, and your first impression is that the building is supposed to be there. It fits right in with the large oaks that dominate the lane. It is definitely Lowcountry, but otherwise difficult to define—quietly grand without being grandiose. Though the 15,000-square-foot clubhouse just opened in August, to the delight of the members, it feels like it’s been there for awhile. And that, said Ray Dznowski, director of operations for The Heritage Collection on Hilton Head Island, is a good thing.

“We wanted to give the membership something that had a more upscale look, but keep the historical feel of the old clubhouse,” Dznowski said. The idea was also to make better use of the space. “We wanted to open it up and allow for more corporate events,” Dznowski explained.

Compared to the old clubhouse with two floors, the new, single-story design does have more open space, especially the main lounge and dining area. “We had 285 people here for the opening,” Dznowski said. “We couldn’t have done that in the old building.”

The interior is very traditional—plenty of dark, rich wainscoting with bright walls above and lots of light. California-based interior designer, Tina Mattei, created the interior that is exclusive to The Heritage Group. While Mattei designed private areas for members, Robbers Row Grill, the new restaurant inside the clubhouse, is open to the public.

One dramatic addition is an almost 7,000-square-foot outdoor veranda that includes a fireplace, a large grill and open views of the Port Royal Croquet Court and Robbers Row golf course.

Construction on the $4 million building began in mid-November, with the destruction of the old clubhouse from the first floor up. The below-ground storage area and foundation were kept intact. Bloodworth Sharp Buster, of Oviedo, Fla., supervised the design, and Frazier Construction was the general contractor.

This is Port Royal Plantation’s third clubhouse. The first was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve, 1973. In the early 1980s, it was decided to build the next clubhouse outside the gates.

The Heritage Group operates “The Heritage Collection on Hilton Head Island,” which consists of the Port Royal Golf Club, Oyster Reef Golf Club, Shipyard Golf Club and Palmetto Hall Plantation. The Heritage Group is an owner and operator of golf facilities in California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.

Photos from the Business After Hours party held on August 16, 2007.

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