Achieving Elite Status

Since 2015, Bay Harbor Yacht Club has been honored with one of the most prestigious awards a private club can be bestowed, to be recognized as a Distinguished Club of the World.   This award is selectively given to the finest private clubs, ranking Bay Harbor Yacht Club amongst the top five percent.

The Distinguished Club award is the only merit-based program in the private club industry, and the only one that recognizes the club, its management and its staff for outstanding delivery of exceptional member experience.  This award program is conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications servicing private clubs.

The methodology includes committee nomination; a site visit with Kathleen Muneio, CCM, CCE and General Manager of Bay Harbor Yacht Club, as well as department heads throughout the Club; a formulaic audit based on compiled site-visit data; awards and recognition; and yearly verification.

This year, Bay Harbor Yacht Club is honored to have been granted the Distinguished Clubs Special “ELITE” Designation.  In order to qualify for an ELITE designation, the club must have an overall club Member Experience score of 8.5 or greater; must clearly be viewed as one the top echelons of local and regional reputation and recognition; and key members of the leadership team and staff must have demonstrably superior training and experience; among additional criteria.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Members of BHYC,” says Bay Harbor Yacht Club General Manager, Kathleen Muneio. “We are extremely proud to hold this elite status and to be in the company of some of the top private clubs in the world.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Members of BHYC,” says Bay Harbor Yacht Club General Manager, Kathleen Muneio. “We are extremely proud to hold this elite status and to be in the company of some of the top private clubs in the world.”

About the Distinguished Clubs Award Program

BoardRoom magazine developed the Distinguished Clubs 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, thereby helping to preserve the institution of private clubs for many future generations.

About BoardRoom Magazine

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 magazines in the private club industry.

About Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Located in northern Michigan within the Bay Harbor Community, Bay Harbor Yacht Club is a private, member-owned social club.  Serving as the social center of the community and with exquisite amenities including three renowned restaurants, racquet center, private beach, and an active social calendar, BHYC is the perfect destination for boaters and non-boaters alike.

A Distinguished Emerald Award recipient as one of the finest private clubs in the world, the Yacht Club serves over 600 members and their guests.

BHYC has recently embarked on an expansive project to refurbish and renovate the entire Club and add world-class amenities and premier services to create one of, it not the finest, clubs on the Great Lakes.  This renovation brings a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center and upgrades to the member dining experience including the redesign of the existing Bay Room and Quarter Deck and the introduction BHYC’s newest casual restaurant, the Grille Room.  Renovations are scheduled for completion in June 2021.

For more information, please visit bayharboryc.com.  To inquire about membership opportunities, please call 231.439.2112.