These are tough times for country clubs. The bastions of old money, the smug and the new rich are facing an uphill battle over the clubs’ sustainability. Interest in golf, which was the main reason for a membership, has dwindled and there is nothing a country club offers that you cannot find anywhere else.

A new private club called 1880 has taken the bold step to turn things around with a slate of rather interesting offerings. Founded by Marc Nicholson and designed by Timothy Oulton, it challenges itself to be able to accommodate its members’ diverse needs and interests. 

The 2,050-square-metre space will blur the perimeters between work and play, combining an all-day diner helmed by former Pollen chef Colin Buchan, a spa, a co-working space, and even a cinema.

There is also an excellent bar where you can kick back with an Old Fashioned stirred by Rusty Cevern (previously of The Gibson, London) or break into dance. The music should grab you. DJ Aldrin Quek, who helped piece together the orchestral tribute to Zouk, is director of music. 

It looks like 1880 has picked a stellar cast for the task, gearing up to open in the last quarter of the year. We’re looking forward to seeing its new spin on the scene.

1880 will soon open its doors at 1 Nanson Road. Membership begins at $5,000, with an annual fee of $2,000

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