These five clubs have created Top-Ranked longer-season patio and outdoor dining spaces for members and guests.
Al-fresco—an Italian expression loosely meaning “in the cool air”—is a term used to describe outdoor dining. Country club members have been utilizing patio spaces more than ever and clubs have been making the necessary improvements to make al-fresco dining more enjoyable.
Amenities such as fire pits, televisions, retractables roofs, and a mix of seating options help to create atmospheres for members that are conducive to longer stays. When dining al-fresco, members should be able to relax while surrounded by beautiful scenic views and these country clubs do just that. (See Club + Resort Business’ 2021 list of Top Ranked Private Club and Resort Patios across the United States)
Legends Golf and Country Club, Fort Myers, Fla.
The Sunset Grill at Legends G&CC features a 6,367 sq. ft. covered patio with an outdoor terrace and a capacity of 173 guests. The Sunset Grill has its own kitchen, along with 16 televisions and 2 firepits. Overlooking a resort-style pool, driving range, putting green, and magnificent views of the landscaped grounds with sunsets over a large lake, the Sunset Grill is the place to be at Legends G&CC.
Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, Va.
Army Navy Country Club has five outdoor patios across its property. Some are used for a la carte dining while others are for catered events. With a seating capacity of 850 and total capacity of 1,500, there are also 5 outdoor bars or service stations along with 6 fire pits for members to enjoy. While dining on The Eisenhower Lounge Terrace or attending an event on the rooftop terrace, members are able to take in the beautiful and historic views with the Washington Monument and the Air Force Memorial in the distance.
The Club at Quail Ridge, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Having a patio in close proximity to the kitchen at The Club at Quail Ridge means members experience prompt service with best-in-class dining. There are 14 outdoor bars and service stations along with 6 fire pits and televisions for viewing sporting events. A total of 6,500 sq. ft. of patio space, 5,500 sq. ft. which is covered, The Club at Quail Ridge has a seating capacity of 195 out of a total capacity of 250. With scenic landscaping, outdoor water features, and views of the golf course, members can dine and relax while enjoying breathtaking views.
BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
After expanding the clubhouse’s Grand Terrace in 2018, BallenIsles Country Club was able to maximize its outdoor use with a total of 7,800 sq. ft. of patio space. With 3,200 sq. ft. of patio space being covered, BallenIsles CC has a seating capacity of 240 out of a total capacity of 600. Under the warm glow of string lights and palm trees, BallenIsles’s 2 dining venues provide 5,000 sq. ft. for al-fresco dining with expansive views of the golf course. Offering members live music, themed happy hours, 2 firepits, and an outdoor bar and oven, the patio spaces have quickly become the membership’s favorite area to dine and socialize at BallenIsles CC.
Addison Reserve Country Club, Delray Beach, Fla.
After Addison Reserve Country Club opened its Lifestyle Complex in 2019, members could also enjoy its 2,975 sq. ft. patio area. Providing 1,500 sq. ft. of undercover seating with a seating capacity of 160, members are able to dine al-fresco with views of the resort-style pool. Addison Reserve CC’s 5 firepits, waterfalls, and expansive indoor/outdoor bar provide the perfect place for members to dine and socialize throughout the day.
Having al-fresco dining can greatly boost dining revenues. When wanting to provide members with the best dining experience, it is important to provide members with ample room, comfortable seating, fire pits, shaded areas, ambient lighting, and spectacular views.