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Oahu Country Club

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1970, Lemmon, Freeth, Haines and Jones. 150 Country Club Rd.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Enveloped by the sloping greens of its golf course and the embracing side of upper Alewa Heights, the Oahu Country Club's clubhouse gently integrates with its manicured 378-acre grounds. Its broad double-pitched hipped roof, wide eaves, lava-rock piers, and terraces convey a hospitable horizontality. Cantilevered concrete lanai on the makai and southeast sides add a strong recumbent midline, offer views of the golf course and downtown, and supply visual contrast, as do the windows with their cream-colored concrete panels.

The adjoining pro shop echoes the lines of the clubhouse on a smaller scale and is connected to the main building by a gable-roofed porte-cochere, presenting an almost gate-house effect. The two-story lobby carries the outdoors in through its lava-rock wall, grotto, and extensive windows. A central stair leads to a koa-paneled reception area and dining areas with magnificent vistas provided by floor-to-ceiling windows. Lanai and dining terraces expand the space into the outdoors.

The Oahu Country Club was chartered in 1906. The original lava-rock clubhouse opened in 1907 with a nine-hole golf course, the fourth to be developed in Hawaii, having been preceded by courses at Moanalua (1898), Manoa (1904; demolished), and the Haleiwa Hotel (c. 1904; demolished). The course was expanded to eighteen holes in 1913.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Oahu Country Club", [Honolulu, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 129-130.

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