How the Platinum Clubs of the World are Selected
Platinum Clubs® of the World accept applications from Clubs around the World as well as recommendations from the Panel to appear on a Preliminary Ballot. This Ballot is sent out to the Panel for review in advance of the vote which takes place every two years (odd years). The Panel then has the opportunity to recommend additions or deletions in assembling the Final Ballot. Only Golf, Country and City Clubs are eligible for consideration for Platinum Clubs of the World status.
After receiving recommendations from the Panel, Platinum Clubs® of the World distributes the Final Ballot. Panel Members are asked to vote for each Club on the Ballot that they have visited, considering the Platinum Clubs® of the World criteria. The Panel may amend their vote as many times as they wish during the 30-day voting period.
The vote is conducted electronically and confidentially through a third party. Points are awarded by the position and ranking that the Panelist assigns to each Club. The total number of points is calculated and divided by the total number of Panelists who have visited a Club to determine the final points score.
100 Golf and Country Clubs will be announced in their order of ranking as the 2017 Platinum Clubs® of the World and the next 75 will be listed alphabetically as Honorable Mentions. In the first election of City Clubs, the Top 50 Clubs will be published in alphabetical order with 25 candidates for the 2019 election.
The Six Criteria for Platinum Clubs of the World Selection
- UNIVERSAL RECOGNITION
As the game of golf becomes global, new Clubs do not have the benefit of a long history and professional tournaments to garner worldwide acclaim. To secure Universal Recognition, Clubs must build a global approach and embrace international operating philosophies. New Clubs prosper from forging relationships with their peers and developing their own traditions and customs.
- EXCELLENCE IN AMENITIES AND FACILITIES
Golf courses must excel in design and be maintained at the highest level. Upgrades and renovations should be ongoing as Clubs endeavor to provide the optimum playing experience. Clubhouses and related facilities are required to be functional, comfortable and impressive; they must keep pace with changing demands and expectations, deferred maintenance and capital upgrades.
- PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LEVELS AND OVERALL EXPERIENCE
Evaluation of a Platinum Club begins as Members and Guests arrive at the Club and ends upon departure. The experience between arrival and departure is the most important factor. A key to delivering a memorable experience is the professional Staff and unparalleled service levels that exceed Member’s and Guest’s expectations. Staff development is critical and there must be mutual respect between Club Members and Employees.
- RESPECT AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE GOVERNING BODIES OF THE GAME
Clubs are required to observe the rules and policies of their governing body. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews or the United States Golf Association are the only official governing bodies in the world. Clubs should encourage initiatives to grow the game and support Junior Golf programs.
- GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT
Every great institution and organization requires clear and decisive leadership. Clubs must be managed in a manner that stimulates a distinctive Private Club culture. Regardless if Clubs are governed by an individual or a Board, the requirement for Governance at the highest level remains. Club Management is required to implement the policies and procedures as developed and approved by the Club’s Governance.
- QUALITY OF MEMBERSHIP
The foundation of all fine Private Golf and Country Clubs are the Members and admission procedures. Members must take pride and responsibility in their Club and its distinctive culture. Members foster camaraderie within the Club and form lasting business and social relationships with one another. Members are expected to demonstrate respect for the traditions of the game.