For this group on the Top 61 list, the clubhouses are profiled for Del Webb Nocatee Canopy Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio; Palmira Golf Club in Bonita Springs, Fla.; Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va.; and Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Club + Resort Business has released its list of Top Ranked Clubhouses for 2021.
The rankings reflect the judges’ scoring of data provided on clubhouse square footage; locker room(s) data; event space and seating capacity; bar area(s) square footage; dining area(s) square footage; availability of outdoor dining; wine room/cellar; total dining and bar areas seating capacity; kitchen(s) square footage; pro shop square footage; fitness and wellness square footage; and whether a dedicated youth space is offered.
Entries also included descriptions submitted by the club and resort properties on why their clubhouses should be top ranked, and a full complement of supporting photos. The judges weighted the data and material provided to score all entries.
The entire list and details about all of the Top Ranked Clubhouses can be seen at https://clubandresortbusiness.com/club-resort-business-top-ranked-clubhouses/.
21. Del Webb Nocatee Canopy Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The Canopy Club at Del Webb Nocatee is one of the most dynamic multi-functional entertainment and wellness venues to be designed within a limited footprint area in recent years. Our amenity includes various aspects of recreational activity that are commonly found in Del Webb active-adult communities across the country.
The clubhouse is approximately 22,824 sq. ft. and consists of a Social Entertainment Wing and a Health & Wellness Wing which are split by a Grand Hall lobby. The Social Wing includes a 200-seat Event Hall with a performance stage, dressing rooms, and room dividers for smaller functions such as card rooms and private dining.
The Wine Room includes 30 wine lockers, a sampling table, billiards, and ample seating. A highlight of this room is the sliding barn door for an exclusive experience for private functions and wine tastings.
The Tavern offers a full food and beverage service with 30 seats and is a great place to watch weekend sports on the flat screens located throughout the space. It opens to a covered porch with retractable insect screens, fully equipped bar top, and more televisions. There is an incredible view from this space overlooking the pool and outdoor entertainment area.
Two separate kitchens are provided on site, one full-service kitchen for the various dining areas and a multifunctional catering kitchen for everything from banquet functions in the Event Hall to resident cooking demonstrations.
The Health and Wellness Wing includes two multi-purpose rooms that can combine into a larger space for meetings, educational classes, and private events. This wing also includes a large Arts and Crafts room with glass-enclosed art displays, a kiln, storage with drying racks, as well as built-in workstations. Every resident can find their perfect workout routine in our fitness rooms which include a large area for machines representing strategic workouts for different parts of the body including free weights, cardio, strength training, and rehab. The adjacent spin room offers aerobics, yoga, and group classes.
In addition to our clubhouse, we offer a resort swimming pool, heated lap lane pool, and whirlpool spa. There are four tennis courts, four pickleball courts (two of which are covered), and four bocce ball courts on site with convenient access to the locker rooms in the clubhouse. The outdoor event building and event lawn provide residents and staff with everything they need to host concerts, food trucks event, croquet games, crafts festivals, car shows, etc.
The Canopy Club has received overwhelming support from the residents and the best comment we hear is “I can’t believe this is my club!” This project was designed for a stringent budget and was challenged by the Covid pandemic for labor and materials shortages, but our amazing team powered through it, and opened on time and in budget. We are very proud of the work we have done at Del Webb Nocatee and would be honored to be ranked as a Top Clubhouse in the nation.
22. Kenwood Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio
Kenwood Country Club is a four-season club. Seasonability allows our members to enjoy different avenues year-round. Examples are the Hunt Room cozy winter dining, paddle tennis in winter, tennis and golf in spring, events year-round beginning with New Year’s, Winter Party, Easter, Fourth of July, Lobster Bake, Halloween and December Holiday celebrations.
During the summer of 1929, the same year of The Great Depression, after a long decade of unparalleled stock market advances, a group of 11 members of the downtown Cincinnati Club eagerly decided to create a golfing country club. The committee considered several tracts of land and called in Mr. Donald Ross, an outstanding golf architect with a national reputation, to review and give a written report as to his first choice in location. The committee, led by Edward J. Hoff, Kenwood’s first president, soon acquired 341 acres of farmland northeast of the city. Soon after the initial purchase an additional amount of land was added to the club’s present course, which totals 482 acres. The clubhouse was built in 1929 and open to the Members in 1930.
Kenwood Country Club is one of only a few clubs in America that is over 90 years of age and has 36 holes. The inaugural tee shot was taken by Club President, Edward J. Hoff, on August 2, 1930, alongside two other golfers – no one shot over 100 that day. Kenwood is one of only 20 of the 36-hole golf club group that has hosted a major national tournament: the 1933 U.S. Amateur, the Western Open in 1954, and the U.S. Women’s Open Championship in 1963.
KCC has recently been awarded the LPGA Kroger Queen City Championship Presented by P&G which will take place in September, 2022. Since these very early days, our Club established itself as the premier, private, and family-oriented county club in this part of the Midwest. The club re-invested in every area of the club with capital improvements over the years; most recently, the Tennis Pavilion Project, Mixed Grill/entry/main corridor, New Kitchen, Tavern, and Outdoor Pool & Pavilion area with a zero-entry pool. Golf Course improvements, including re-building bunkers and new irrigation system: Centennial Project, 2015, $15.5M; Clubhouse First Floor Renovations, 2018, $1.5M; Kendale, 2019-2020, $5M.
23. Palmira Golf Club, Bonita Springs, Fla.
Palmira Clubhouse offers elegance and wonderful amenities that compliments a member’s club experience. The two-story clubhouse provides a beautiful setting for elegant dining and indoor/outdoor casual dining, dinner dance events, social gatherings, terraces with spectacular views of the course, member bar, computer room, locker rooms, card lounge areas and billiards room.
Whether a wine aficionado or a novice, the Wine Club is a great way to meet new friends, learn about wines from around the world, enjoy a variety of intimate wine pairing dinners, tastings and special events. All levels of wine enthusiasts can experience personalized adventures through the world of wine in an environment that encourages the membership to grow in their wine knowledge.
Gather together to learn something, share something or just have a place to meet new people and have fun! Enjoy a variety of events at the Club and outside the Club throughout the year. Come and join us for laughter, friendship, camaraderie and to meet new girlfriends.
The Palmira Fishing Club was established by Club members who shared a common interest in fishing. Membership has grown to 100 members since its inception. Over 25 fishing trips with professional captains are scheduled each year. Trips include offshore outings, inshore and near shore trips to Pine Island Sound, Estero Bay, the 10,000 islands, the Keys and a variety of specialty trips tailored to specific species or destinations.
24. Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Va.
Farmington’s 40 guest rooms offer all of the luxuries you would expect while traveling. Each room exhibits its own distinctive character that will be sure to make you feel at home. Plans for a multi-story cottage are being put into motion to help accommodate more guests at once.
The main house, or clubhouse, is a large, impressive brick structure. Through the portico, with its beloved white pillars, one enters the Jefferson Room. The restored Jefferson Room features two large fireplaces for the gathering of Club members. Passing through a hallway, one reaches the library, an inviting room with thousands of books, two additional fireplaces, and beautiful furniture reminiscent of the house’s earlier years. The club has a number of additional spaces, such as, the Ballroom, Main Dining Room, Pine Room, employee Downtime Café, as well as multiple conference rooms.
Farmington’s Clubhouse offers members and their guests an array of culinary options. You can drop the kids off at Kids Club and enjoy a formal dining experience in the Blue Ridge Room. The Blue Ridge Room was added in the 1930s, but was extensively renovated in 2017.
Whether you’re dining inside or outside on the terrace, you can enjoy your dinner while taking in the breathtaking mountain views. You can also opt for a more casual atmosphere in the Farmington Grill, swing by the 10th Tee Snack Bar halfway through your round of golf, or lounge by the pool and enjoy food from the Poolside Grill. Our newly renovated state-of-the-art main kitchen allows our culinary staff to create and provide the highest quality experience possible.
The clubhouse is certainly a defining feature of Farmington and serves as the hub of the property, but it only represents a fraction of what the Club has to offer.
Avid and novice golfers alike will find Farmington a haven for the sport. Our 28 holes include the original south and north nines that make up Farmington’s main course, laid out by Fred Findlay in 1927. The main course is consistently recognized as one of Virginia’s top, most challenging traditional golf courses. Members also have access to a driving range, short game practice area, newly renovated putting green, a state-of-the-art indoor Golf Performance Center, a PGA award-winning Pro Shop and so much more.
Lovers of racquet sports enjoy 16 outdoor tennis courts (14 clay, two hard), three indoor tennis courts, three platform tennis courts, one dedicated pickleball court, as well as a full-service pro shop.
Other sports related amenities include: an 8,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center with strength training and cardiovascular equipment, group exercise rooms for cycle, aerobics, yoga and Pilates classes, a heated and fully lit eight-lane, 25-meter lap pool, massage facilities, locker rooms and more.
Farmington is proud of what it currently has to offer, but we’re just getting started. “Farmington 2027” was developed to keep our members’ lifestyle preferences current and to assure that Farmington Country Club continues to be the club of choice at 100 years of age. The plan maps out all of the renovations that have been, and will continue to be, made through 2027. A few of these renovations include a new Tennis Center, Fitness Studio Facility, Outdoor Recreation Facility and more.
No other club in Virginia offers Farmington’s blend of historic ambience, social and sporting activities, exceptional service and commitment to the future. Annual events at Farmington mark the seasons and shape traditions for generations of family members. Whether you come to Farmington for our outstanding sports amenities, myriad of social activities, or an intimate retreat from the world, you’ll appreciate our rich tradition of hospitality.
25. Sawgrass Country Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Sawgrass Country Club has been recognized as a five-star Distinguished Club and a Platinum Club of America. Sawgrass Country Club is also a member-owned private club located in the prestigious and beautiful area of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The club has also previously been recognized by Club + Resort Business for top ranked locker rooms (#3), Golf Shop (#11), Fitness & Wellness (#8), Culinary Experience (#26), as well as Racquet Experience (#41).
The Sawgrass Country Club clubhouse was newly built December 2020. On May 20, Sawgrass Country Club (CC) held its new Clubhouse Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting events. Festivities included food, entertainment, and a ceremony with members to celebrate the completion of the new structure that was six years in the making, after an 80% approval vote by the members.
Special guests in attendance at the Clubhouse Ribbon Cutting included vendors, contractors, and members that assisted with the project: SCC Ad Hoc Committee, Auld & White Constructors LLC, Peacock & Lewis Architects, Planners LLC, Abbey Civil Engineers Inc., and the CMS Group LLC.
The $25 million Sawgrass CC clubhouse demolition and reconstruction features amenities such as a pub-style bar, banquet rooms, office spaces, event spaces, locker rooms, family activities center, a golf shop, and extra parking.
The building’s orientation is positioned to feature expansive views of water and the golf course from the indoor and outdoor dining areas and a covered veranda. The 67,100-sq.-ft. structure is 25% larger than the previous clubhouse.
“The members’ enthusiasm for reinvesting in their own infrastructure has created a great atmosphere to continue making wonderful memories,” said Sawgrass CC General Manager, C.W. Cook.
The club’s Phase III Master Facility Plan is part of a larger improvement project that also included an expansion of parking areas at the Club’s Tennis and Fitness Center, renovations of the golf course west nine bunkers, and relocating the practice/putting green. Due to these investments, the Ccub now enjoys a wait list. All of the improvements are in alignment with Sawgrass CC’s Mission/Vision Statement to provide an exceptional club experience for our members and the club of choice for prospective members.
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