Bald Head Island (N.C.) Club; Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club; Bay Harbor (Mich.) Yacht Club; Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, Del.; and Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif. lead the way in the Top Ranked Pools + Aquatics category.
Inclusion on this list highlights the investments these clubs have made in their pools and aquatics facilities, as well as programming, and the commitment to the guest experience. All listings were selected and ranked by a panel of judges. The rankings reflect the judges’ scoring of submitted entries that included data on aquatics size, average monthly usage, number of classes offered and other notable aquatic features. We would like to thank the following judges for their time and effort on ranking the top fitness and wellness centers: Chris Lynch, Dupont Country Club; Creon Smith, Hunters Run Country Club; Gina Patterson, Topeka Country Club; Vincent Posterli, Baltimore Country Club; and Walter Sam, Hammock Dunes Club.
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The Bald Head Island Club prides itself on the renovated Aquatics complex that opened in the summer of 2019 with new slides and plunge pool, kiddie splash pad and playground, zero entry leisure pool, and cabana bar, added to the existing lap pool.
Only open April thru October, the complex continuously sees a 84% occupancy rate each day, even with 20-minute intervals allocated to clean between guests, maximizing sanitation.
No matter what members’ plans are when they visit the BHI Club Aquatics Complex, there is a place for them. Swim laps or take classes in the saltwater lap pool, take a plunge down one of the slides, or relax in the zero-entry leisure pool while sipping cocktails from the poolside cocktail service, or by stopping by the Cabana Bar, all are welcome and all is enjoyed.
Located on an island with 14 miles of coastline, members and guests continue to choose the Bald Head Island Club’s Aquatics Complex to spend their summer.
A Defining Moment project broke ground in 2020, a pivotal point in Lancaster Country Club’s rich history. The expansion project brings forth the next generation of first-class amenities for families creating a membership experience unparalleled in our region.
In an effort to provide ample, and more isolated room for pool fun to members, LCC has taken full advantage of additional space available on property to create a resort-style complex behind an entirely new, 24,000-sq. ft. Activities Pavilion that was built behind the existing clubhouse. This complex includes a fountain and splash pad, in-water chaise lounges, and a terrace for those seeking peace and quiet.
Members do not need to get out of their chairs for food-and-beverage services, instead all orders are taken and delivered by the staff, equipped with wireless iPads. The club hopes the features and comforts of the new pool complex provides members with an experience rivaling that of an exclusive resort.
From its signature location, Bay Harbor Yacht Club is nestled on the shoreline of Bay Harbor Lake with spectacular views to Lake Michigan. Known as a summer paradise and recently named a Distinguished Emerald Award recipient as one of the finest clubs in the world, this club offers unparalleled amenities such as boating, family recreational activities, and year-round wellness programing for a membership of more than 500.
To fulfill its mission to serve its members as the social center of the Bay Harbor Community with exceptional services, programs and facilities, the leadership of BHYC engaged Peacock + Lewis to create a multi-phased-in master plan of renovations and expansions for clubhouse amenities, placing the emphasis on fitness and wellness for the well-being of current members and to attract and engage future generations of members.
The Aquatics Center is the outdoor centerpiece for fitness and wellness. It not only caters to its members and guests during high summer season but is well used during the “shoulder” and “off” seasons. Originally situated where the new Quarter Deck and Gazebo Bar stands now, the pool was filled in and moved to its current location – complete with a spacious pool deck, kids splash pad, lap lanes, sun shelf, and an oversized heated whirlpool/hot tub.
Also added, the Aquatics Center Bathhouse complete with changing areas, showers, and private lockers.
Feedback for the Aquatics Center has been positive with the following quotes overheard from members:
• “The new pool and splashpad is a great place to relax with friends and family.”
• “Infinity Edge looks awesome! What a view!”
• “This is the most comfortable and relaxing pool area ever!”
• “The hot tub is huge, great for a large group after skiing.”
Bayside Resort Golf Club has five luxurious outdoor pools, two relaxing outdoor hot tubs, all-season indoor hot tub, kids outdoor splash pad, and an indoor lap-lane swimming pool.
The club has aquatic programs for all-ages and fitness levels. Guests can choose from a variety of lessons including Splash Merman & Mermaid School, Aqua Fitness Classes, swim lessons starting at 18 months, and family fun movie nights at the pool (yes, that’s prime viewing inside the pool with flotation devices).
Each aquatic facility has a different atmosphere, accommodating different guests needs, whether searching for high-octane family fun or the pleasure of quiet reflection, it can be found at Bayside.
Guests can choose from an outdoor pool overlooking the serene Assawoman Bay, a fun family-friendly aquatic facility at Sun Ridge Recreation Center and Commons Neighborhood Pool, and an all-season indoor health and aquatic club.
The Martis Camp Club Family Barn opened on July 4th weekend 2009. The Family Barn is the heart of The Camp community with multigenerational recreation amenities and programming.
The Barn Aquatics Facility is home to four pools the largest includes lap lanes and a family play area while the smallest pool is designed for the littlest of members with its beach entry. The mid-sized Soaking Tub and Hot Tub are open year-round for après ski and chilly summer evenings.
The Camp Lodge hosts the year-round saline pool and two hot tubs overlooking the picturesque views of the 18th hole on the renowned Tom Fazio golf course. The adults-only atmosphere welcomes early morning lap swimmers, soaks after a workout or fitness class as well as après ski in the wintertime.
The indoor spas are available for a relaxing soak pre or post-spa treatment, fitness workout or just to refresh from the day.
The Martis Camp Club pools are host to classes and programs including Swim Club, Water Polo Clinics, Water Aerobics, Mermaid University, Underwater Photography Class, as well as many swim lessons and training sessions.