Dallas, Texas — Two Chicagoland golf clubs – Ruffled Feathers Golf Club and Eagle Brook Country Club, both in the Arcis Golf portfolio of clubs – have won recognition in the prestigious 2018 Golden Fork Awards presented by Golf Inc. magazine.
The new “Feathers Bar & Grill” clubhouse restaurant at Ruffled Feathers GC in Lemont was selected as the runner-up in the Most Improved Public Club Facilities category, while “Sanctuary Kitchen & Cocktails” at Eagle Brook CC in Geneva earned Honorable Mention honors as a top-three finalist in the Most Improved Private Club Facilities category.
Ruffled Feathers and Eagle Brook were up against elite clubs worldwide, with the final judging based on criteria that included guest satisfaction, aesthetics, service, menus, revenue and capital improvements.
Golf Inc.’s third annual Golden Fork Awards recognize only 12 golf venues that have introduced new dining facilities or improved existing culinary options during the past year. The complete list of winners appears in the January/February issue of the golf industry trade periodical, accessible at www.golfincmagazine.com.
“This is a tremendous honor and very deserving recognition for the creativity and hard work that went into the complete transformation of our dining experience,” said Victor Rodarte, General Manager of Ruffled Feathers GC.
“Both the membership and management appreciate the significance of winning this award, with our club being acknowledged as an industry leader,” added Alex Evans, General Manager of Eagle Brook CC.
The reimagining of both restaurants was part of Arcis Golf’s $4 million investment in Ruffled Feathers Golf Club and Eagle Brook Country Club. The projects dramatically transformed each facility while enhancing their images and elevating their brands.
“Arcis Golf is thrilled to see the renovations of the Ruffled Feathers and Eagle Brook clubs awarded for excellence,” said Blake S. Walker, Founder and CEO of Arcis Golf, the Dallas-based golf ownership and management company with 60 clubs and courses nationwide in its portfolio. “Each club illustrates Arcis Golf’s commitment to consistently provide unrivaled amenities and tailor every element of the golf and country club experience to exceed our member and guest needs and expectations.”
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About Ruffled Feathers GC Renovation:
The “modern Tudor” clubhouse at Ruffled Feathers GC exudes a warm, calm, and inviting interior, with every nook designed for comfort and style.
The clubhouse bar has been completely changed to provide a brighter, more casual environment, highlighted by wall-size photo murals depicting Chicago’s rich history and landmarks. Just outside the bar, the 1,000-square-foot wraparound deck provides multiple seating areas for dining and relaxation, as well as vantage points for watching action on the 9th and 18th holes.
A community table reinforces the connections members and guests feel both in the club and on the golf course. Patrons are staying longer after their rounds, experiencing more of what the club offers and increasing revenue.
For more information about Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, visit www.ruffledfeathersgc.com.
About Eagle Brook CC Renovation:
Sanctuary Kitchen & Cocktails – “a destination dining experience” – was created to rival the best steakhouses in nearby Chicago. Modern, yet natural, with a spacious, inviting feeling and expansive views of the golf course, this lively gastropub offers a diverse, seasonal menu along with an array of specialty cocktails, eclectic selection of wines, and microbrews. The results have been dramatic, with the a la carte revenue growing 29.5 percent more than the previous year.
The renovation created other dining options at Eagle Brook, including a dramatic private wine room designed to host intimate events and family celebrations, as well as a fireplace lounge and more intimate dining area away from the bar.
For more information about Eagle Brook Country Club, visit www.eaglebrookclub.com.
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About Arcis Golf
Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties enhance the golf and country club lifestyle to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Capitalizing on the resources developed to support its growing portfolio, Arcis Golf also provides professional management services to third-party owners under its Arcis Advantage division. The company is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position.