Golf Resort Tensile Building

Golf Resort Tensile Building

Project Description

Playing host (and a legendary round of golf) got a whole lot easier when the Pavilion opened its doors in 2014 at Indian Wells Golf Resort. Upon its debut, the stunning 6,000 s.f. multiuse canopy style Pavilion quickly became the most sought-after reception and private events venue in the Coachella Valley. Boasting incomparable views of the Santa Rosas and lush fairway vistas, the Pavilion’s 270º floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide guests with an open-air environment that is able to adapt quickly to changing weather or a cool evening breeze. The indoor reception capacity of 400 seated guests expands to a whopping 700 people when outdoor seating is included. A full-service back of the house provides ample space for even the most elaborate catering demands.

Prior to the massive Stadium 2 and Site Expansion Project, this tensile structure was our most intriguing project to date at the picturesque Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the BNP Paribas Open. Watkins Landmark Construction, working from a Bluemotif Architecture concept and Structurflex design, built this iconic structure to provide much-needed shade, as well as to serve as a focal point for the restaurant and bar areas on the north side of the tennis garden.

Project Details

Indian Wells, California
$1.4 M
February 2014
Robert H. Ricciardi


We had to coordinate the tensile structure from Auckland, NZ with the main structure being made in Kansas City. The main onsite challenge was that this was built in the summer where it was 100+ degrees every day.


  • A 6,000 s.f. canopy style Pavilion with 270 degrees of floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
  • An indoor capacity of 400 becomes 700 once you open it up.