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Launched in 1997 by Club Leaders Forum, Platinum Clubs® of America was revitalized in 2014. Over the past two decades, Platinum Clubs has earned the reputation as the most respected recognition in Private Club Excellence. The inspiration for the concept came from John Sibbald who continued to hear Clubs profess “they were the best”. Mr Sibbald developed Platinum Clubs of America to allow Private Club Managers, Presidents and Owners to make that distinction.



The election to establish the top 5% of Private Clubs of Excellence takes place in the Fall of even years and is conducted over a 90-day period. The preliminary ballot is circulated to Private Club Managers across the country who have the opportunity to nominate additional Clubs to appear on the final ballot. Once complete, the final ballot is distributed to Private Club Managers, Presidents and Owners. To maintain transparency and accuracy, the election is conducted by a third party and the results are certified as true and correct. 


Platinum Clubs of America 2025-26 have the opportunity to apply for the Platinum License, which provides Clubs with the authority to use the Platinum Clubs of America logo, likeness and marks in all communication materials. The License Program includes various recognition items, a subscription to The FORUM, and invitations to exclusive events held by Club Leaders Forum. 



Get your Club ready for 2025-26. A team of consultants is assembled to provide a range of services to assist your Club to position itself for future Platinum consideration.


What Club Leadership Has to Say


Oklahoma Golf & Country Club

After having been at the Club for over ten years, I was very humbled to receive the Platinum Club designation. Being recognized as a Platinum Club of America means so much to our Club.  From our team members seeing it as a reward for their accomplishments in raising our standards of programs and services, to seeing the pride in our membership in belonging to the Platinum Club of America. Our club culture is now set by this achievement and continues the drive to better serve our membership.


Boca West Country Club

To be continuously recognized as a Platinum Club of America is a great accomplishment that the Board and I are most proud of.  The staff and I have a shared vision to never accept the status quo and to always find ways to elevate service and to exceed Member expectations. To receive this recognition by Platinum Clubs of America for so many years truly validates our dedication and determination. Our Board has always considered this award as the benchmark of the Club industry.


Washington Athletic Club

The Washington Athletic Club takes great pride in our Platinum Club status. For our members and member leaders it brings well-respected recognition to their club. For our management and team members, it brings strong validation for the work and commitment to providing a comprehensive, premiere quality club experience for everyone involved.

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