Influences from Northern Africa and the Middle East were all the rage in the 1920s, resulting in the elaborate, Moorish Clubhouse at the Vinoy Golf Club. Architectural flourishes include an 80-foot tall minaret topped with an onion dome.
Entry to the interior is guarded by twin sphinxes. Inside, the updated ballroom looks much like it did when it first opened in 1927. The ballroom was designed as an open-air courtyard reminiscent of the Alhambra. The once retractable roof allowed dancing under the stars and has the feel of a palace, pieces of which are rumored to have been shipped from abroad.
The grandeur of the Clubhouse sets the tone for the unique golf experience that waits on the greens it overlooks.