Awards & Media

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club awarded Emerald Status.


PAH has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club of the World award, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs of the World award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine. Emerald Club is the highest rating achievable as measured with a club-specific rating system.

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club achieves America’s Healthiest Club and Distinguished Gold Club status.

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PAH was awarded the Distinguished Gold Club award, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. To be a Distinguished Gold Club is to be one of a select group of private clubs that have been recognized as providing an absolutely excellent Member Experience as evaluated by a club-specific rating system based on an extensive assessment process that distills and measures a club’s Member Experience.

"We’d like to congratulate Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club for earning Distinguished Club status," said John Fornaro, Publisher of BoardRoom magazine, "Special recognition also goes out to Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club’s General Manger, Dirk Zander as well as the club’s board of directors, its department heads, and entire staff for their efforts in providing an excellent member experience."

America’s Healthiest Clubs, an honor bestowed among a small group of private clubs. Not only has PAH been approved as one of America’s Healthiest Clubs, it placed in the top 5% when compared to other private Clubs nationwide. In fact, Rick Ladendorf, Founder and President of Prevo Health Solutions and Executive Producer of America’s Healthiest Clubs, said “Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club has achieved one of the top three highest overall scores to date and an unprecedented perfect score for facilities. One thing we observed that sets Palo Alto Hills apart from other clubs nationwide is their extensive youth programs and activities.”

Below are some excerpts from the final report by “America’s Healthiest Clubs”:

“Palo Alto Hills is a family friendly club that has developed a brand, built in part on a wellness strategy that began in 2006 when the clubs vision to build a Family Fitness Center began… PAH is in a class of their own when it comes to providing a culture of health and wellness for the members and more importantly the whole family. PAH offers the member every imaginable activity and has the facilities to accommodate nearly every individual’s needs. The club offers numerous classes, activities, events and programs for members and staff to choose from as well as every conceivable amenity found in other private clubs across the country… The variety of options offered and the content of each element are exceptional in comparison to other clubs.”

“There is a level of commitment to wellness at the board and management level which is unmatched in the club industry. We found each of the department heads to be forward thinking, trend-setting, health-conscious leaders each having an interest in making each year better than the previous. Mr. Zander and his team all believe there is much to learn and do, to continue to increase participation and engagement among the team members and membership. Collectively, they are looking for new and better ways to improve the member experience with fresh, current and relevant ideas.”

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club in the News:

Numerous online publications included a press release on April 2, 2013 regarding the Club's latest awards with excerpts from the descriptions above. Such publications include Yahoo!Finance, Business Wire, SF Gate, San Jose Mercury News, local TV network news channels online (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX etc), San Mateo County Times as well as several national online news media sites. The complete listing of coverage can be found here.

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