The club changed the foot traffic pattern so the patio and other outdoor areas would be the focal point during the time when members used the spaces the most.
A change in the foot traffic pattern to highlight the versatility of its patio has been especially helpful for Green Bay (Wis.) Country Club.
The patio’s multiple uses and its visual appeal are two reasons why it performed well in the 2023 Club + Resort Business Top Ranked Patios program.
“Our members and guests have whole-heartedly embraced the new venues and open-air dining options set against the stunning backdrop of our top-ranked golf course,” says General Manager Jerry Geiger.
Cathy Zehms, Director of Membership and Communications, says the club changed the foot traffic pattern so the patio and other outdoor areas would be the focal point during the time when members used the spaces the most.
“The cart path outside of the 19th Hole was expanded and designated as the drop-off area for golf carts,” Zehm says. “Members then proceed to the #18 viewing area to cheer on their friends as they finish their round or the 19th Hole Patio.”
The 11,000-sq.-ft. area is available for dining, lounging, enjoying cocktails, socializing, private events, or a grab-and-go lunch or dinner.
“The landscaping [on the patio] is a veritable feast for the senses from the gentle sounds of waterfalls to the fragrance of our gardens, the colors of flowers, beautiful backlighting on hole #1 and our waterfalls,” Zehms says.
The 19th hole patio is a popular meeting spot for members to dine, but Zehms notes one of the best parts is “The breathtaking backdrop of the golf course.”
The Veranda has “panoramic views” of the golf course, outdoor firepits, a retractable awning with radiant and versatile lounge furniture, Zehm says.
Located just off the Vista Room, the Overlook is the club’s “hidden gem,” Zehm says.
Members have access to top-shelf bourbons and a humidor with plenty of cigars on the covered, heated Bourbon Room Patio. The outdoor season can last longer due to the heated Veranda and Bourbon Room, along with nine firepits and one fireplace. Thanks to these areas, plenty of activities occur even after the golf course closes for the season. Amenities include groomed fat tire bike trails and cross-country ski trails, as well as opportunities for ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing.
Member Phoung Hudson adds, “The space is inspiring, energetic, and uplifting.”