For this group on the Top 61 list, the clubhouses are profiled for The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, N.J.; Detroit (Mich.) Athletic Club; Dallas (Texas) Country Club; TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga.; and Carlisle (Pa.) Country Club.
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/.
The club oﬀers a varied selection of dining options through the year as well as special club events. During the summer season members can enjoy a relaxing casual or formal lunch or dinner on one of the club’s outdoor patios. Another favorite of all club members are the specialty dinners which range from summer barbeques, holiday buﬀets, and theme dinners to wine dinners. Children’s and family activities such as movie nights to gingerbread house deco‐ rating are also a hit.
The Grill offers full food and beverage service, in season. In addition to the ala carte dining menu, a casual quick snack is available between rounds.
The Porch Dining Room offers a more formal dining experience. Impress your guests with an intimate private dinner with full windows overlooking our beautiful golf course and grounds.
With impressive views of our golf course and a relaxed dining experience, all agree our Patio is a great dining location. The South Terrace is just off the pool where the North Terrace is the perfect location to watch friends hit approach shots into the 18th green.
The Family Dining Room is a bright, comfortable dining space, created specifically for our families with young children. Enjoy a relaxed, casual atmosphere with a “pub” like atmosphere, this room is our most popular destination for a sit-down dinner.
The Detroit Athletic Club is an elegant place with prominent artwork, modern appliances, and many other tools of the hospitality trade. While the Clubhouse itself is a gallery, a museum, a restaurant, and an athletic club, it exists for the sole purpose of providing members a service experience worthy of its top ranking nationally and worldwide.
The DAC experience starts and ends with its people. The membership provides extraordinary support to Executive Manager Charles Johnson and his entire staff who not only maintain and preserve one of Detroit’s greatest architectural wonders, but a culture befitting the standards of excellence the Club is known for throughout the industry.
Under the direction of Executive Chef Shawn Loving, its food and beverage services make the DAC not merely a venue but a culinary destination. Members trust Chef Loving and his staff to deliver a level of dining that, be it elegant or informal, enhances the Club’s role in bringing them together and fostering a sense of community and celebration.
The Athletics program, led by Athletic Director Rob Barr, encourages members to take their health and well-being to the next level. In addition to offering the latest in fitness equipment and technology, the Club helps members stay on track toward their goals with new tools that promote wellness and recovery to keep them off the sidelines and in the game.
When renowned architect Albert Kahn designed the clubhouse more than 100 years ago, he created a timeless space that inspires appreciation and enjoyment of fine art, tradition and camaraderie with fellow members and friends.
It is the privilege of everyone associated with the Detroit Athletic Club to play their part in what has become a generational Club experience.
Marsh and Associates strived to create a new clubhouse that would honor the history of the oldest club in the region and meet the demands of the established membership base.
Marsh and Associates worked with renown historian, author and preservationist Virginia Savage McAlester “Queen of Dallas Preservation” (deceased) to hold the design true to the Tudor Architectural style and detail authentically. The design team had to overcome the challenges of integrating a Tudor style of European timber framing into a facility built of steel and concrete to achieve the authentic Architectural style the club desired.
Most of the facilities from the previous club were redesigned back into the new clubhouse, but with a more efficient layout that focuses on enhanced, aesthetically pleasing and comfortable spaces. A single kitchen is strategically positioned to serve both the banquet and dining spaces, improving staff and service efficiency.
A variety of new spaces were designed to enhance the member experience and improve operational functionality. The Pro Shop provides for display fixtures that can easily accommodate seasonal changes and fluctuations in merchandise. New spacious golf locker rooms were sensibly designed to break up the vast number of lockers into several clusters of semi-secluded bays, providing a more private environment.
Diversity of dining space options offer members and guests a variety of amenities, like a casual dining area and an accompanying member’s lounge and bar, private dining with full-view glass wine display, and elegant banquet rooms that accommodate up to 500 guests.
The new clubhouse opened to the membership in 2012 and was immediately met with high approval. Since the clubhouse opening, Dallas Country Club has engaged Marsh and Associates for additional luxurious facilities including a new state-of-the art tennis facility with roof-top courts and underground parking and a new three-story wellness and fitness facility with underground parking. These additions are currently under construction and expected to further enhance the world-class facility.
With intentions to further improve the golf experience during the three-year renovation, major updates were made to the clubhouse, with a significant expansion of the club restaurant, the RYE Kitchen & Bar, and the addition of a covered outdoor patio overlooking the beautiful 18th green. The clubhouse nearly doubled its seating capacity, from 56 to 110.
Rye Kitchen & Bar now features a 32-foot covered patio, with views of the 18th hole and 12th fairway, and a 2,200-bottle wine cellar visible from the entrance, with 92 member lockers for personal wine collections. The restaurant also features a horseshoe-shaped bar and wood accents.
In addition to just the clubhouse, TPC Sugarloaf made vast changes to its Lifestyle Center including a complete modernization, updating interiors and finishes and upgrading existing locker rooms, while restructuring the 16,000 sq.-ft. space to allow for more open cardio, strength and group exercise.
It also saw the addition of a full-service healthy café and restaurant, Tempo, offering a variety of organic, farm-fresh dining options after workouts as well as updates to the pool area including new poolside furniture with umbrellas, “resort style” cabanas and a new pool deck surface.
For our market, this clubhouse has the versatility (more than 20 room delineations with various wall dividers in different closing positions.) Easy access to the kitchen for service and to the rest facilities and outdoor dining. We are currently doing interior renovations to upgrade both aesthetics and functionality.
The original clubhouse was built in 1924, the year our charter was granted, and used an barn built in the 1860’s as the cornerstone, so to speak of the club. It is still fully intact with several renovations building around it over the years.