Frank Lloyd Wright conceived the architectural concept for the Nakoma Clubhouse in 1923. At age 57, Wright designed the 23,000 square-foot clubhouse at the request of the Nakoma Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal called the Wright clubhouse “the most unique building of its kind in America.” The newspapers account was hardly an exaggeration. Wright’s design was a tour de force with its geometric roofline composed of teepee like towers of wood and copper rising from walls clad in stone, his characteristically low-ceilinged entrances and passageways that led to soaring spaces including the 60 foot-high “Wigwam Room” with its towering, four-sided central fireplace.
The development never came to fruition until the original owners at Golf Mountain purchased the plan from Wright’s Taliesin architects and opened the Nakoma Golf Resort in 2000. The stunning architectural creation set majestically upon the brow of a hill in the Mohawk Valley of Plumas County, California, is very much like the original site in Wisconsin.
The luxury Villas at Nakoma, which are available for overnight guests and can also be purchased through a fractional ownership plan, were designed by Taliesin-trained architects Martin Newland and Elisabeth Winnen. They echo the structural elements of the clubhouse – octagonal form, pitched roofs and sculptural stone fireplaces – without mimicking it. The Villas are located along the 10th fairway of the Dragon golf course and are available in studio, one- and two-bedroom units.