2022 Amenity of the Year Winners: Public Resort Courses

  • First place winner PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness

With people realizing the benefits of nature, outdoor experiences, wellness and sports facilities in the wake of the pandemic, demand for open spaces and a better quality of life is now higher than ever before.

Most clubs now offer a full range of amenities and services to attract new members and to make sure current members keep coming back — from pools to courts to fitness centers and spas. Here, we recognize clubs and golf courses that have made wide-ranging expansions and upgrades to their facilities during the past year.

Entries were judged on how well the addition achieved its goals, as well as on aesthetics and financial benefit. Judges for the event included Golf Inc. editors; Casey Paulson, president of sales and operations at Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club, 2015 Golf Inc. Development of the Year honoree; and Darryl Bartlett, senior project manager at NMP Golf Construction.

Here are the Public Resort Course honorees in the 2022 Best New Amenities competition.


PGA Catalunya


Wellness center

PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness

Girona, Spain 

Surrounded by the pine forests, lakes and mountains of the countryside outside Barcelona, the new wellness center, which opened in April 2021, at PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness is a significant step toward the resort’s objective of being one of the leading golf and wellness destinations in the world.

The wellness center is designed to be a holistic haven that embraces movement, recovery and relaxation. It combines traditional therapies with modern science and cutting-edge expertise. Its design — crafted by the renowned Lagula Arquitectes — takes inspiration from the Japanese principles of unaltered natural beauty, quiet solitude and simplicity, allowing it to blend seamlessly with the landscape and surrounding gardens.

PGA Catalunya

“Beautiful facilities and extremely well designed. It has high end offerings keeping up with current trends. It’s visually incredible.” – Casey Paulson

Offering a variety of one, two or three-day programs, the center includes nine treatment rooms, a gym and yoga studio.

The wellness center has proved popular with the hotel’s golf members, which account for 30% of its guests. There has been a marked increase in golf guests taking advantage of the centers facilities and treatments, especially the more technology-based therapies, such as the cryother-apy and IV infusion programs.

Ritz-Carlton at Reynolds Lake Oconee


Aquatics, kids club

Ritz-Carlton at Reynolds Lake Oconee

Greensboro, Ga.

The Kuo Diedrich Chi Architects team worked with the owners of the Ritz- Carlton at Reynolds Lake Oconee to devise a plan to satisfy the growing family-oriented demand during the pandemic, and the solution was a new resort-style family pool with zero entry and a tiki bar.

“The goal of the design team was to create a playful yet insulated haven that is complementary to the existing Ritz-Carlton amenities,” said Howard Kuo, AIA, principal, Kuo Diedrich Chi Architects. “With its Lake Oconee-inspired design vernacular and its premium overlook location, the Family Pool Complex is a new destination for the young and young at heart.”

Ritz-Carlton at Reynolds Lake Oconee

Another highlight of the complex is the Kids Club building, a 3,000-square-foot freestanding facility with an arcade and plenty of recreational space for children and teens to safely enjoy the drier side of the day.

The design team embraced a large portion of the existing material palette while honoring the highly regarded resort’s style and lakefront setting. The complex, which opened last July, represents an exciting new chapter for the next generation to enjoy this destination.

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