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Excellence

We Verify Member Experience and We are the only merit-based
designation program for the private club industry.

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250+

Distinguished Clubs

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10

International Clubs | 5 Countries

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5,000+

Leadership Awards

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15+ Years

Serving Our Industry

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Featured Country Club

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Boca West Country Club

Discover the unparalleled luxury and vibrant community life at Boca West Country Club, the nation’s #1 private residential country club. Nestled in Boca Raton, Florida, this award-winning club offers a rich tapestry of world-class amenities, including championship golf, tennis, spa services, and dining experiences, all designed to foster unforgettable moments and connections among members.

Distinguished Clubs Events

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Summit 2024

The Distinguished Clubs/Forbes Travel Ideas Summit 2021, hosted at Addison Reserve, was an exclusive, invitation-only event. This summit was a blend of education, networking, and celebration, designed for General Managers, Board Members, and Leadership Staff of currently-awarded Distinguished Clubs.

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Country Clubs

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City & Athletic Clubs

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Golf Clubs

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Residential Clubs

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Yacht, Beach & Lake Clubs

Distinguished Club Philosophy

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How Our Club Visits Have Evolved

Distinguished Clubs has optimized their club onsite visits and surveys by conducting over 500 in-person onsite survey visits, which has allowed them to gather extensive feedback directly from club management and leadership staff. This merit-based award program focuses on recognizing private clubs for the outstanding delivery of exceptional Member Experience, underlining their commitment to quality and service excellence.

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Augusta National Golf Club

Experience the epitome of prestige and exclusivity at Augusta National Golf Club, renowned as one of the most esteemed private golf clubs worldwide. Situated in Augusta, Georgia, this iconic institution embodies a legacy of excellence in golfing tradition and unparalleled camaraderie. Indulge in a distinguished array of amenities, from immaculate fairways to impeccable dining, alongside a vibrant community of fellow enthusiasts. Discover a sanctuary where timeless elegance meets the pursuit of sporting excellence, creating cherished memories and lasting bonds among members.

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Distinguished Clubs Innovation

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The Loxahatchee Club

The Loxahatchee Club has been honored with an award for innovation, a testament to its exceptional fusion of tradition and modernity, and its dedication to delivering an unparalleled golfing experience. At the heart of this prestigious club is the Signature Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, seamlessly integrated within a residential community that prioritizes sustainability through over 71 acres of fresh water lakes and 40 acres of greenbelt.

Distinguished Clubs Impressions

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Take a look at some of our testimonials from General Managers and Executive Staff involved in the Distinguished Clubs program.

“Being a DC is good for pride and culture. It also adds value to marketing and real estate campaigns. I think it should mean something to all clubs.”

Matt Linderman, CEO Boca West Country Club
Distinguished Club with Elite Status

“Terminal City Club in Vancouver Canada is honored and thrilled to achieve the prestigious status of a Distinguished Club with Iconic Status. This recognition reflects our commitment to delivering an exceptional Member Experiences one member at a time. We’re grateful for this accolade, which underscores the dedication of our team and the pride it brings to our members”

Peter Jackman, GM/CEO, Terminal City Club
Distinguished Club with Iconic Status

“The 5 outlined qualities that justify a club’s merit to be recognized as a Distinguished Club are very accurate, and a fair examination of what really matters to the member experience. Each area is representative of attributes that create value, instill pride, and foster support to the direction of the club. We are proud to be a Distinguished Club and will continue to find ways to improve, create value, and provide the service our membership deserves.”

Brian Thomas, USPTA, PTR, CCM, General Manager, Orinda Country Club
Distinguished Club with Elite Status

“The Distinguished Club designation is a source of pride for our membership and staff. Over the years, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club has been fortunate to receive high ratings and rankings from various media outlets and organizations, but the Distinguished Clubs designation is the most cherished due to the fact that it features a thorough evaluation process that begins with a nomination of your peers followed by an actual onsite inspection of the Club. The Distinguished Clubs Methodology is impressive and encompasses what it means to be a great club. I am not aware of any other rating system that goes to these lengths to ensure quality of the candidates. We will always support Distinguished Clubs and their mission to drive excellence in the Club community.”

Aaron Wagner, General Manager, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
Distinguished Club with Iconic Status

“I just wanted to tell you how impressed we were with the process, professionalism, and ingenuity we experienced with you and the Distinguished Clubs BoardRoom team. The Staff and Board members who were interviewed by you or who had the ability to show you around Harbour Ridge enjoyed every moment of the day and were very complimentary of you and the experience. Thank you for taking the time with us.”

Michael Salerno, General Manager/COO, Harbour Ridge Yacht & CC”
Distinguished Club with Exceptional Status

“Being a Distinguished Club means your Club is excellent, remaining a Distinguished Club year after year means your Club knows how push the envelope of hospitality and be a leader not a follower. It requires the membership, staff, and managers to remain on the cutting edge of superior hospitality and keep up with best practices. I love the regular site evaluations that ensure those with the Distinguished Club status live up to superior hospitality. This structure is what gives Integrity to Distinguished Clubs and those that hold this great recognition.”

Chad Schultenover, CCM, CCE, General Manager/COO, Meridian Hills Country Club”
Distinguished Club with Exceptional Status

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Since we began the Distinguished Clubs award program, we have conducted over 500 in-person onsite survey visits and,
along the way, have personally interviewed several thousand general managers and leadership staff.

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