A Frank Lloyd Wright Clubhouse in Hawaii

Two weeks ago, I posted here about the Oak Park, Illinois, neighborhood with several homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. When I was in Maui last week on vacation, I had to take a look at a golf clubhouse from designs by Frank Lloyd Wright.

I drove up the hill with two golfers, my husband and our friend Larry Franklin, who raved about the golf course, but our first look at the clubhouse startled us. Overlooking a large valley, hugging a hillside, the clubhouse looks futuristic.

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You see a small part of the valley below.
You see a small part of the valley below.

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Built in 1993, decades after the passing of Wright, the clubhouse of the King Kamehameha Golf Club, is from archived Frank Lloyd Wright designs for a structure or structures that were never built. They were adapted by Taliesin Architects.

Check out the link above. It has photos of a side with circular windows, and the interior, which I did not get to see. It is a private golf club. (Golfers can sample the course with a day pass.)

The video on the page, from the Golf Channel, says the design was based on a home for a certain screen legend. No spoiler from me.

The website also devotes a page to Frank Lloyd Wright’s design, with more photos.  I’m glad I bought that travel guidebook! I did not expect this in Maui.

Me at Kapalua Bay, Maui
Me at Kapalua Bay, Maui



6 thoughts on “A Frank Lloyd Wright Clubhouse in Hawaii”

  1. They recently built a new clubhouse at one of our muni courses here in Lincoln, NE (Holmes Lake), and I wish they has seen this one. Something like it would have fit into the landscape much better than what they built. You can see it here http://www.holmesgolfcourse.com/pictures.html I’m getting used to it, but I do wish we had more architects like Frank Lloyd Wright around these days.

    1. I guess they were going for mid-century modern, judging by the ends, but yeah, it’s awfully plain in between. If it’s a public course, budget is a big concern. Taxpayers can’t afford masterpieces like Wright’s.

      I’ll post more Wright photos at a later date. He designed some of my mother’s alma mater, Florida Southern. She grew up down the street and remembers looking down it and seeing the buildings going up.

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