Restored clubhouse reopens at Country Club at DC Ranch

The Country Club at DC Ranch, one of Arizona’s premier private country clubs recently underwent a major restoration of its clubhouse interior and re-opened to members last month.

DC RanchDeveloped and created by the partnership of SB Design and PHX Architecture, the clubhouse features a return to its “roots,” a western ranch home accentuated by a rustic, casual elegance.

Inspired by the serene McDowell Mountains and the spectacular city lights in the distance, the dining areas now capture the full essence of a magnificent setting.

A complete re-design of the dining and lounge areas provides more appealing food and beverage options and enhanced flexibility to create special events and other social occasions.

The showpiece of the redesigned club is a stunning u-shaped bar lounge.

“The city lights were undercapitalized prior to the remodel,” said Beth McGehee of SB Design.

“Working with Erik Peterson and his wonderful staff at PHX Architecture, we were able to capture the views beautifully. With an enlarged and repositioned bar area, the stage is now set for members and their guests to fully enjoy the soothing, captivating charm of the views that encircle the outside patio areas.”

The bar backdrop’s mesmerizing LED-lighted panels are wrapped in leather and fiberglass with horsehair imported from Portugal.

“We thought this would translate into something very special. Each of the LED light panels is held off by a copper panel with forged iron stand-offs. Very striking in the evening,” said Ms. McGehee.

The clubhouse is adorned with numerous original artwork displays by some of Arizona’s finest artisans. On the subtle chevron-patterned walls there is a collage of western photography. The richly-appointed wine room is highlighted by an original oil painting by local artists, Sue, Jen and Doug Diehl that entirely covers the full length of the room.

“The imagery of the working horses was our way of returning the original “horse” painted in their former bar, called “Horse Bar,” added Ms. McGehee.

One of the true focal points of the newly-restored Clubhouse at DC Ranch is the mosaic-tiled mural that is prominently featured by the pizza oven in the Mixed Grill Room.

“I saw this product displayed at a trade show a couple of years ago. When thinking about the impact the pizza oven could have on this dining room it came to mind,” said Ms. McGehee.

“Since the surface must be a material that can be cleaned to satisfy the health department it was a perfect fit. The image is a custom photograph that was sent overseas to China and fabricated to our size specifications. The individual tiles are approximately one-quarter-inch and I can’t begin to imagine how many individual tiles there are. The finished product is simply unbelievable.”

Recent Arizona Golf Hall of Fame inductee and DC Ranch General Manager Paul Skelton was beyond impressed with the restored clubhouse.

“What an exceptional blending of the old with the new for our clubhouse. We had high expectations going into the restoration process and those were wildly exceeded by the final product. I couldn’t be more thrilled for our members of DC Ranch. It’s an exquisite clubhouse and further elevates the stature of our marvelous property.”

“The Country Club at DC Ranch, without hesitation, simply has some of the most breathtaking views in the Valley,” said Erik Peterson, principal of PHX Architecture.

“The dining room has always overlooked the 18th fairway and the McDowell Mountains. While that visual still remains, we wanted our dining guests to experience a south facing, enabling us to capture the beautiful elevation change and nighttime city lights. Our much-expanded patio areas are enhanced by access from the inside with our custom-designed bi-folding doors. Spectacular imagery that defies description,” said Mr. Peterson.

For more information, call The Country Club at DC Ranch at (480) 342-7200 or visit

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