In the heart of the fairway, the halfway house brings the club’s dining style to the course.
Just after the 9th hole, the trusted halfway house stands waiting for golfers to refuel and rejuvenate. Before taking on the second nine, golfers can enjoy their club chef’s cooking with a small plate, an iced tea, or even a beer. The style of halfway houses has developed over the years, offering a range of simple, grilled favorites to more advanced culinary dishes that show off the kitchen’s unique style.
So, what is served at a halfway house? Chefs have a few options for tailoring the halfway house’s menu and dining style, though the choice often reflects the style and energy of the overall club.
For example, most halfway houses offer casual, self-serve options such as pre-wrapped sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. A halfway house attendant can help answer any questions or assist with the food, but in these cases, the food is prepared in the main kitchen. You may also find fresh wraps, soups, and snacks like fruit or side salads.
Larger halfway houses may have a full bar set up, kitchen, and grill for small made-to-order meals. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers are popular midday favorites while customized omelets are ideal for morning tee times. These more active halfway houses will also feature a larger staff both behind the grille and on the small dining-room floor to keep members happy and fed as they swing in for a bite.
To go a step further, some clubs are bridging the gap between their clubhouse to the halfway house by offering the same refined meals at both locations. Chefs may create signature lunch dishes like lobster rolls, elaborate salads, and even barbecue favorites to make an impact on golfers.
Whichever direction the club chooses to take, the halfway house meals should be easy to enjoy in between holes while still reflecting the signature energy of the club.