Announcing Platinum Clubs of the World 2018-2019
Platinum Club status is the pinnacle of recognition for private clubs around the world. Acknowledgement as a Platinum Club is the most revered in the private club industry.
The results for the Platinum Clubs® of the World 2018-19 election, conducted by Club Leaders Forum every two years, are official. Platinum Clubs excel in best practices and represent the standard of Excellence for the finest private Golf & Country Clubs and City Clubs around the globe. The Top 100 Golf & Country Clubs and Top 100 City Clubs are elected by an international Panel of experts, historians and connoisseurs in a confidential ballot and that is certified as true and correct.
The Top 100 Golf & Country Clubs proudly represent 30 countries, a true testament to the international diversity of the elected clubs. 14 clubs garnered Platinum status from Asia; 10 clubs are located in Great Britain and Ireland; and 11 Clubs are from Continental Europe. This year, Platinum Clubs of the World welcomes 13 new Golf & Country Clubs to the Top 100; six of these clubs were awarded and Honorable Mention in 2016-17 and seven are brand new entries.
For the first time, Augusta National has been voted the #1 Platinum Club of the World, Golf & Country Clubs. The host of the 2018 U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills, made a strong move this election from 7th to 3rd place. Past U.S. Open site, Merion Golf Club, made a similar move up four places from 9th to 5th. And entering the top 10 for the first time is Baltusrol.
International clubs positioned in the top 20 include: The R&A (Scotland), Royal Melbourne (Australia), Muirfield (Scotland), Morfontaine (France), Sunningdale (England) and Shanqin Bay (China), which is the first club to make the top 20 from the continent of Asia in the history of Platinum Clubs of the World.
The inaugural election of City Clubs to Platinum Clubs of the World revealed a very strong International presence. Only 29 of the Top 100 elected Platinum are from the United States; 22 Clubs are located in Continental Europe; 15 Clubs represent Asia; 13 from Great Britain and Ireland; and Canada rounded out this year’s list with a very respectable 9 Clubs in the Top 100. The list is a true representation of the world with 34 countries represented.
The 75 Honorable Mention recipients in both the Golf & Country Club and the City Club categories narrowly missed earning Platinum Club status this year. These clubs are encouraged to observe the Selection Criteria, welcome Panelists to visit their clubs and set a goal of Platinum recognition in 2020.
Congratulations to the Platinum Clubs of the World and Clubs receiving an Honorable Mention in each category for representing Excellence in the Private Club industry.