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The Election

 

CATEGORIES

There are five Platinum Club of America categories for election: Country Clubs, Golf Clubs, City Clubs, Athletic Clubs and Yacht Clubs. In total, there are 300 Clubs that have earned the honor of being a Platinum Club of America in 2023-24. Clubs that were voted within five points of elected Platinum Clubs are acknowledged with an Honorable Mention, and are Candidates for Platinum status in 2023-24.

Clubs may only be recognized in one category. The Club’s official name is the primary consideration for the appropriate category designation, unless requested by the Club and approved by the Advisory Board.

BALLOTS

A Preliminary Ballot—that includes previous Platinum Clubs and those receiving an Honorable Mentions—is sent to all Private Club Managers across the country. Managers are given the opportunity to nominate additional clubs to for the Final Ballot. If approved by the Advisory Board, Clubs are included in the Final Ballot, which is distributed by SportsHub Technologies, our third-party election manager. Club Managers also receive a second ballot for the Club President or Owner. 

THE VOTE

The vote is conducted electronically and confidentially through a third party, SportsHub Technologies. This year, two Ballots were provided to over 4,100 Private Clubs across the USA. One Ballot was completed by the General Manager, Chief Executive or Chief Operating Officer, and the other by the Club President or Owner.  Voters were asked to select the Clubs in a specific order. The votes were submitted over a three-week period, and the total number of points received by each Club was divided by the number of voters to provide an average score. To qualify, Clubs must have received a minimum of 100 votes in the Country and Golf Club Categories and 50 votes in the City, Yacht and Athletic Club Categories.

Election

Categories and Points

Country Clubs

1–3 = 100 points
4–10 = 80 points
11–25 = 65 points
26–50 = 50 points
51–75 = 40 points
76–100 = 30 points
101–125 = 20 points
126–150 = 10 points
151–175 = 7 points
176+ = 0 points

150 PLATINUM CLUBS

Country Clubs are typically defined as full-service Clubs with "Country Club" in the official name, offering a wide variety of social, lifestyle and recreational facilities and amenities in addition to Golf.

Golf Clubs

1–3 = 100 points
4–10 = 75 points
11–25 = 55 points
26–40 = 40 points
41–50 = 25 points
51–75 = 10 points
76+ = 0 points

50 PLATINUM CLUBS

Golf Clubs are typically defined as facilities with "Golf Club" in the official name. They are golf-centric, offering only a golf course or courses and practice facilities with Clubhouse amenities. In addition, some Clubs offer fitness and wellness facilities.

City Clubs

1–3 = 100 points
4–10 = 75 points
11–25 = 55 points
26–40 = 40 points
41–50 = 25 points
51–75 = 10 points
76+ = 0 points

50 PLATINUM CLUBS

City Clubs are typically defined as Clubs with "City Club" in their official name and are located in urban areas. City Clubs offer business meeting and banquet/function rooms, Member dining, athletic, wellness and fitness facilities. In addition, some City Clubs provide hotel rooms.

Yacht Clubs

1–3 = 100 points
4–10 = 75 points
11–15 = 55 points
16–20 = 40 points
21–30 = 25 points
31–50 = 10 points
51+ = 0 points

30 PLATINUM CLUBS

Yacht Clubs typically contain the word "Yacht" in their name and offer a marina, slips, and boating amenities, with Clubhouse facilities offering dining and recreational amenities.

Athletic Clubs

1–3 = 100 points
4–10 = 80 points
11–15 = 50 points
16–20 = 25 points
21–40 = 10 points
41+ = 0 points

20 PLATINUM CLUBS

Athletic Clubs are typically defined as Clubs with "Athletic Club" in their official name. Most Athletic Clubs have limited dining, meeting, and other recreational facilities. Some Clubs founded as Athletic Clubs, which have evolved over time, have requested to be included in the Athletic Clubs category. Other Clubs, including Beach Clubs and Racquet Clubs, are also included in the Athletic Club category.

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