Club Leaders Forum honors Bluffton, S.C., club
Bluffton, South Carolina (October 13, 2020) – Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina has been named as a “Top 100 Platinum Club of America” by the Club Leaders Forum, the preeminent consulting source in the private club industry and publisher of The Forum magazine. Belfair placed No. 99 nationally in the 2021-2022 Platinum Clubs of America ranking in the Country Club category, up from No. 133 in 2019.
Platinum Clubs of America status in the private club industry has been the most revered since the franchise was established in 1997. Voting for Platinum Clubs of America is conducted every other year by peer clubs nationwide to include general managers and club presidents. The seven selection criteria cover: Universal Recognition; Excellence in Amenities and Facilities; Caliber of Staff and Professional Service Levels; Quality and Commitment of Membership; Governance and Fiscal Management; Adapting to Changing Times; and Overall Experience.
“Being admired by your peers in any industry is one of the highest compliments that can be given and I would like to congratulate the membership and thank our team who have made this club and community such a wonderful place,” said Ken Kosak, PGA General Manager and COO, Belfair. “Our team strives to deliver excellence to members and guests daily across our entire operation.”
Located on the mainland in Bluffton, five miles from Hilton Head Island on the banks of the Colleton River, Belfair is approximately 1,100 acres in size. In 2019, Belfair unveiled a new Sports & Lifestyle Campus with a diverse set of indoor and outdoor amenities, along with casual dining at the Bistro. The 21,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Campus includes a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, splash pad, tennis and pickleball courts, a dog park, and much more. The club offers a variety of dining options, including the 1811 Grille, Veranda Dining, and the Bistro. In addition, Belfair will reinvest over $22 million over the next 10 years in improvements.
Belfair features two championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio that exemplify Lowcountry beauty. The West Course opened in 1996 with Links Magazine proclaiming it “…the finest set of golf holes in the Lowcountry, if not on the East Coast.” The par-72 West Course will host play during all four rounds of the PGA Professional Championship and plays to 7,111 yards from the championship tees. Belfair’s East Course opened in 1999 and is reminiscent of the links courses of Scotland while showcasing the area’s deep-water views, fresh water lakes and lagoons. The par-71 layout measures 6,900 yards from the championship tees. Golfweek Magazine ranks both courses among the “Best Residential Courses” in the United States in their 2018 ranking.
Belfair is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. For more information on Belfair, visit www.belfair1811.com or call (843) 757-0701.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 435-plus locations around the globe, including managing 470-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 485-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington; The Virginian and Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards in Bristol, Virginia; Kapalua Golf in Maui, Hawaii; Lofoten Links in Gimsoysand, Norway; and The Els Club Dubai in United Arab Emirates. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.