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 Private Golf, Country, City and Yacht Clubs are eligible for consideration for Platinum Clubs of the World status.

After receiving recommendations from the Panel, Club Leaders Forum 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 Seven Selection Criteria, as approved by the Club Leaders Forum Advisory Board. 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.

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100 Golf & Country Clubs are announced in their order of ranking as the Platinum Clubs of the World 2018-2019 and clubs within 3 points of the top 100 are listed alphabetically with an Honorable Mention. The Top 100 City Clubs are listed alphabetically with clubs within 3 points of the Top 100 receiving an Honorable Mention. In the first election of Yacht Clubs, the Top 50 Clubs are published in alphabetical order with clubs within 3 points of the Top 50 receiving an Honorable Mention.

The Seven Selection Criteria for Platinum Clubs of the World

    Tradition, history and heritage are the foundation of the most prestigious Clubs around the world. Newer Clubs may be universally recognized by global travelers and society alike as demonstrating the highest standards in their operating procedures, membership and preeminence. All Clubs shall embrace tradition, newly forged or formulated over time, and have an international allure that makes them stand apart from all others in their respective areas of the world.
    The foundation of the most revered Private Clubs are the Members, their character and integrity, and the admission procedures of the institution. Members take pride and responsibility in their Club and its distinctive culture. Members embrace camaraderie within the Club and form lasting business and social relationships with one another. They are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the traditions of the Club, consider the next generation, and attract prospective new Members who share these ideals.
    Great Clubs display an element of distinction and offer their Members outstanding facilities and amenities. They endeavor to provide the finest Member experience while keeping pace with deferred maintenance and capital upgrades. New amenities are developed to satisfy today’s Members and attract future Members.
    The world’s finest Clubs recognize staff as their most valuable asset. Employees must be dedicated and committed to delivering unparalleled service that exceeds member and guest expectations. Staff development is critical, and training is ongoing. Success results when mutual respect between Club Members and the Employees is fostered.
    Excellent Clubs strive to anticipate their membership’s changing needs, interests and evolution. These Clubs have a strategic plan for change; they adopt a mission statement that clearly addresses who they are and where they wish to be through the ages. They maintain the sanctity of their history and culture and remain flexible enough to evolve with the changing times.
    Every great institution and organization requires clear and decisive leadership. Clubs are managed in a manner that stimulates a distinctive Private Club culture. Club Management implements the policies, procedures and operational strategies as directed and approved by the Club’s Leadership. Golf and Country Clubs respect the governing bodies of the game and encourage growth through its supervision of programs.
    The Experience, from anticipation of the visit to arrival and departure, is a critical element when evaluating a Club considered for Platinum status. Some of the elements of the overall experience are tangible, yet others are intangible. Clubs that provide lasting memories and create a keen desire to return are usually those that deliver the ultimate Private Club experience.