Seven Selection Criteria


Universal Recognition

The finest Clubs in the nation are acknowledged as such by members of a well-traveled American and global society that frequent Private Clubs. Whether recognized from inception or through the accumulated passage of time, these Clubs are set apart as domiciles of Excellence for their traditional history, the ability to attract and retain exceptional members and the experience they deliver.


Excellence in Amenities and Facilities

It is the complete array of amenities and facilities that provides Excellence and fulfillment of the Members’ needs in every function and activity that makes a Club great. Remarkable Clubs ensure that their amenities and facilities remain relevant. There is a commitment to invest on a regular and planned basis in maintenance, supervision and replacement of the grounds, structures, equipment, and furnishings. America’s finest Clubs evaluate the benefits of developing new, and repurposing existing, amenities and facilities to serve today’s Member and the future generation of Members.


Caliber of Staff and Professional Service Levels

A maxim of the finest Clubs remains, ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen with mutual respect. Clubs that attract outstanding employees in the community are known to provide an excellent work environment, unique culture and leading compensation and benefits. Employees are a Club’s most important asset, with personal and professional growth being encouraged. The quality of management is reflected by a staff that is well-trained, well-mannered, and highly motivated to provide an extraordinary experience for their Members.


Engagement and Commitment of Membership

Great members are the custodians and the heart and soul of the most respected and successful Clubs. Members who represent the best qualities are those that reflect the values and culture of their Club and the community in which they live. They celebrate their heritage and faithfully observe time-honored traditions. Responsible Members preserve the Club’s legacy by perpetuating the institution to provide for the next generation of Members. They also work hard to attract prospective new Members who share the same values, integrity and commitment.


Governance and Prudent Fiscal Management

The nation’s finest Clubs are venerable institutions. They are governed by Presidents, Owners and Directors who understand that their key role is to strategically set policies and establish the vision for the Club. Leaders are goal-driven; they allow management to manage and are not influenced by personal agendas. High-caliber Boards work diligently term after term to ensure continuity of effort and direction with efficient succession planning. They possess the wisdom to plan well and invest well. Prudent Boards understand the need for regular dues increases and assessments when required, while managing debt and maintaining fiscal responsibility.


Adapting to Changing Times

Change moves at a greater pace every year. Clubs must effect changes for tomorrow’s Member and their family while preserving the Club’s values, integrity, and experience for today’s core Membership. Great Clubs work at anticipating the needs and interests of their Members and prospective Members. These Clubs adopt a mission statement that resonates with Members and defines the Club’s principles which are supported by a strategic plan to achieve their goals. The finest Clubs have the ability to maintain traditions and remain flexible by adapting to the ever-changing demands and expectations of the Membership.


Overall Experience

Clubs of Excellence provide an ‘Unparalleled Experience’ every day, one Member at a time, and display exceptional management and governance. They are committed to making decisions in the best interests of their Members and those serving them. Best Practices are consistently observed and frequently refined. America’s finest Clubs encourage staff to take the initiative and support their efforts to deliver outstanding service. Remarkable Clubs continue to treasure their shared experience, celebrate their achievements, and appreciate one another, like family.