As the popularity of outdoor dining continues to rise, designing a country club’s patio that can function in multiple ways is a wise investment.
For a country club’s patio space to be successful, functionality is paramount. It takes more than just some dining tables and chairs to provide members with the best outdoor dining experience. A club’s patio space should be well-thought-out, and with the ever-increasing demand for outdoor dining, clubs are now designing their outdoor spaces with elements to help maximize the functionality for members.
Diners need to feel comfortable and be able to move around a patio space with ease. Maximizing seating capacity is a priority, but adding too many tables and chairs can make a space feel cramped and difficult for diners and staff to get around. When possible, locate outdoor dining with optimum access from the kitchen, expedition areas, and even point-of-sale terminals to allow for faster service.
The most effective way to get the most out of a club’s patio is being able to use the space year-round regardless of weather conditions. Investing in elements such as retractable roofs or sliding walls will provide members with additional space during inclement weather while also increasing dining revenue. An enclosed patio space allows clubs to still seat diners no matter the weather while also becoming an additional space to use for events throughout the year.
Every patio needs good quality seating so members can be comfortable while dining. Adding lounge areas where members can relax and extend their stay is an important element to optimize the space even further. Whether it is for dining, post-game drinks, or extending the evening after a day at the pool, the patio should be a place where members can relax, time and time again.
Outdoor Kitchen Elements
Even if the patio is close to the kitchen, adding outdoor kitchen elements can increase the efficiency of service as well as how the space functions. Adding elements such as an outdoor grilling station, a pizza oven, or even a small enclosed kitchen will help to take some pressure off of the kitchen inside along with adding an additional amenity for private parties, weddings, and other events. Having an outdoor bar can also serve as a gathering place for members after activities or enjoying a drink if waiting on a table.
While there are more hours of sunlight in the summer, lighting a patio space is still important for both safety and setting the mood for the environment. Both members and staff need to see clearly if they are serving, walking around, or dining. Whether it is with string lights, wall-mounted lights, or ambient lights, lighting needs to be strategically positioned to provide enough light for maneuvering while dark enough for privacy and a relaxed ambiance. Adding fire pits for members to relax around can provide a beautiful glow while also functioning as a heat source in cooler temperatures.
A positive outdoor dining experience is not just about delicious food but also the dining atmosphere and comfort. When a club is able to design a patio with elements that can make the space function to its fullest potential, members are able to enjoy the space in many different ways.