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The new clubhouse at River Landing is so magnificent that members are apt to move right in

By: Tom Cunneff

You know a clubhouse is a big success when members just can’t stay away from it. Such is the case with the new 19th hole at River Landing, a 1,700-acre private golf community near Wilmington, N.C. situated on the Northeast Cape Fear River. Standing sentry over two Clyde Johnston championship courses, the Southern elegance design has become the centerpiece of the community in the few months it’s been open.

Although it's grand in stature at 50,000 square feet, the interior design is very intimate, which is one reason why members feel so much at home there. And with three, two-bedroom luxury suites on the top floor, members and guests can literally move right in—at least for a night or two.

No need to go food shopping either. Overlooking a lake and distinguished by large terraces, the three-story clubhouse features four dining areas—six if you count the bar and food service available in the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

With views of the 14th and 18th greens, the Berkshire Grille is a relaxing place to enjoy a casual lunch or dinner. With a wonderful view of the lake, the aptly named Lakeview Room has a more intimate dining atmosphere with two waterfalls flanking the room. Executive chef Charles Rousey changes the menu weekly, providing a range of culinary experiences for members. The River Room hosts River Landing’s famous Sunday brunch, as well as special feature nights. Then there are the two, wide, open-air terraces where members can enjoy lunch, dinner or a cocktail.

The facility also features a grand ballroom and two smaller-sized rooms idea for business meetings or small social functions. The locker rooms are incredibly spacious and well-appointed, truly restive retreats where members can relax, play cards and socialize. There’s also a completely outfitted pro shop, of course.

Like the many great monuments to architecture at Shinnecock, Winged Foot, Maidstone and Merion, a great clubhouse can give a huge boast to the look and prestige of a club. You can add River Landing’s new home away from home to that illustrious list.

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