Club + Resort Business and Club + Resort Chef publish the Top Ranked Culinary Experiences list annually. The list includes dozens of club and resort properties from across the United States, listed in order and as judged independently by a panel of chefs from several of the industry’s most well-respected properties.
“Dozens of clubs and resorts submitted to Top Ranked for the first time this year, each with information or initiatives that others in the industry can learn from,” adds Isabelle Gustafson, Senior Editor of Club + Resort Chef. “So, new in 2023, C+RC’s editors called out several clubs and their culinary teams throughout the list that impressed us for one reason or another, independent of the judges’ scores.
“We will continue to reach out to clubs on the Top Ranked list to learn more about their food-and-beverage programs and share their stories and successes with you,” she adds.
This year, Palm Coast, Fla.-based Hammock Dunes Club was named to the coveted #1 Top Ranked Culinary Experience position.
“The club’s culinary offer has grown steadily over the past few years, thanks to a sharp uptick in membership since 2020,” says Gustafson. “But what’s most impressive about this culinary team is their commitment to learning and growth, always striving to improve their skills and present members with an unparalleled culinary experience.”
“The membership, culinary team and oceanside location make this club so special,” says Hammock Dunes’ Executive Chef Lance Cook, WCMC, WMCS, CEC, CCA, CFBE, FMP, CFSM. “Every effort is put toward enhancing the dining experience and service that are hallmarks of Hammock Dunes.”
The 2023 rankings reflect the judges’ scoring of submitted entries that includes data on annual food-and-beverage revenue, membership size, weekly cover counts, banquet capacity, a la carte and banquet menus, food costs, certifications, front- and back-of-house photos and more. The judges score each entry independently, assigning points to the various aspects of the data and information submitted.