Vero Beach, FL (December 5, 2013) – Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club was awarded with the Distinguished Emerald Club of the World designation this past April from BoardRoom magazine and recently was presented with the plaque. BoardRoom magazine is one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. This prestigious award is determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, which uses a club-specific rating system based on an extensive evaluation process that distills and measures a club’s Member Experience.

As defined by Distinguished Clubs, “Member Experience” is that special combination of “Qualities” that a private club provides its members. It is not just the quality of service, the facilities, or the product provided, it is also the quality of the staff and the management, as well as the overall club governance they deliver. The most important quality, however, is the quality of the intangible. While difficult to measure, the latter is comprised of those magic moments experienced, the members befriended, the memorable events and famous tournaments attended, as well as the club traditions, history, and heritage proudly recognized.

To be a Distinguished Emerald Club is to be one of a select group of private clubs that have been recognized as providing not only an absolutely excellent Member Experience, but also a Member Experience at a level attained by only the finest clubs in the world. This distinction is nuanced, yet thoroughly recognizable, for it is based on the most important of all intangible qualities. Reputation. Reverence. Admiration. Brand Equity. Fame. Whatever you call it, it is that “X” factor that separates two clubs that both provide superlative Member Experience, but where one is a great club, while the other is the most prestigious of memberships.

“This award is a great honor and should be credited to our outstanding membership and our dedicated staff,” says Robert Tench, General Manager, “It is a privilege to have been awarded Distinguished Emerald Club status and to join an exclusive group of private clubs.”

“We’d like to congratulate Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club for earning Distinguished Emerald Club status,” said John Fornaro, Publisher of BoardRoom magazine, “Special recognition also goes out to Orchid Island’s General Manager, J. Robert Tench, as well as the club’s board of governors, its department heads, and entire staff for their efforts in providing an excellent member experience.”

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club
Orchid Island is a private, gated residential community of gracious waterfront and golf course homes, featuring miles of unspoiled beaches, an award-winning Arnold Palmer golf course and an intimate Beach Club perfectly suited for leisurely gatherings, club activities and exceptional dining. Custom Estate Homes priced from $1 million to over $10 million; Courtyard/Cottages priced from $675,000 to $1.3 million; Oceanfront Condos priced from $750,000 to over $10 million; Homesites priced from $150,000 to over $5 million.

Boardroom magazine
Boardroom magazine developed the Distinguished Clubs of the World award program to recognize and share – with the private club industry as a whole – what it is that Distinguished Clubs do differently, and to do so with the specific goal of improving the Member Experience at every private club in America, and thereby helping to preserve the institution of private clubs for many future generations.

BoardRoom magazine is the official publication of the Association of Private Club Directors and is published in print and digital formats, and shipped to 27 countries worldwide. BoardRoom magazine is now widely viewed as the most respected and influential magazine in the private club industry.

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