The new clubhouse at Falmouth Golf Club opened this week at a special open day.

The state-of-the-art facility includes Above the Bay, where both non-members and members can dine, drink and take in the spectacular view of Falmouth Bay from the bar, restaurant or on the wraparound balcony and terrace.

The view offers a different perspective of the bay, looking upon Swanpool, then Pendennis Castle and all the way over to St Antony's Head lighthouse.

With a capacity of more 100 spaces in the car park, Above the Bay is open to all, including non-members, and can host weddings, celebration events, business breakfasts, meetings and seminars.

There is one long bar with a number of draught beers and ciders that runs throughout the main rooms. The bar, like the rooms, can be divided into two for when multiple events are taking place.

In the foreground is the new 18th hole which is set for completion over the coming years. Tipped by many to be the most spectacular finishing hole in the Westcountry, it has been designed by leading golf course architect David Weller and built by specialist contractor European Golf Services.

The hole plays towards the new clubhouse at around 150 yards, and it has a stadium like feel to it as spectators can look onto the playing area from the clubhouse balcony.

Raised mounds on the left as you tee off cascade towards a sloping green.

The spacious golf locker rooms are accompanied by new shower rooms.

The development also includes a brand-new golf shop to the right of the clubhouse, which Falmouth Golf Club's PGA golf Professional Nick Rogers will manage, as well as an indoor golf training studio which he is aiming to open at the start of December.

The project started over 17 years ago with it taking a number of years to finance the build and a number of planning permissions before the final project could begin construction.

The new clubhouse with Above the Bay attracted universal admiration from all who saw it at a special open day for invited guests yesterday, where local resident and club member Keith Rashleigh called it “the best thing to have happened for Falmouth in years”.

Reflecting on the building process owner David Hughes said: “It has been a long haul with many thrills and spills. I am delighted finally to have got it done and grateful to all those who have borne with me and helped along the way.”

David added that bookings for weddings and the rooms will be available over the next few weeks as the construction team make final amendments to the rooms, as well as organising a wedding planner for the club.

A new footpath is set to connect the golf club to the restaurant Hooked on the Rocks at Swanpool beach, and is expected to open shortly.

The building was designed to the owner’s specification by architects Heighway Field Associates and built for him by a subsidiary of Verto Homes.