Loch Lloyd hits a hole-in-one

Loch Lloyd hits a hole-in-one

Loch Lloyd is a gated 110-acre country club and residence catering to like-minded souls seeking fine dining and a great golf score.
Loch Lloyd is a gated 110-acre country club and residence catering to like-minded souls seeking fine dining and a great golf score.

Loch Lloyd village in Missouri is a gated haven for kindred souls.

Built 30 years ago for those who wish to live, recreate and dine among like-minded people — while pursuing a great golf score— the exclusive country club caters to residents and members seeking a safe, serene, outdoorsy enclave where fine dining intertwines with a breadth of recreational activity.

Nestled among the hills of Blue Ridge in northwest Missouri, the gated 110-acre grounds feature an  18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, a pool, pickleball courts and several restaurants. The tranquility and sense of community at Loch Lloyd have firmly established it as one of the premier country clubs in the region

“Loch Lloyd is a lifestyle,” says Operations Director Kim Palmer. “Whether you’re a member of the country club, a resident, or both, it’s a secure, gated community that exudes serenity as soon as you come through the gates.”

In this week’s Q&A with Boxerbrand blog Recipe for Success, Palmer discusses the concept, its restaurants, and her reasons for optimism.

Boxerbrand: What is Loch Lloyd’s concept?

Palmer: We’re an exclusive country club that was created on the outskirts of Kansas City, about 25 minutes by car, which strives to provide a high-end, exclusive experience for our guests.

As soon as you come through the gates a serenity hits and you feel safe, secure, and exited to be here.

Boxerbrand: How did Loch Lloyd get started?

Palmer: The club was started in 1991 by Harry Lloyd and the golf course was designed by Donald Sechrest. In 2002, the development at Loch Lloyd and The Country Club at Loch Lloyd were acquired by FiveStar Lifestyles, and in 2012 the golf course was redesigned by Tom Watson Signature Design.

As it states on our website, Harry’s initial goal was to provide a brighter tomorrow where neighbors, friends and family can experience high-end, resort-style amenities. That vision has guided us in everything we do.

We’re on a parcel of about 110 acres that straddles Kansas and Missouri, mostly on the Missouri side.

Boxerbrand: What growth opportunities have you experienced?

Palmer: Like most country clubs, Covid did not cause a downturn. Because so much of what we do is outside, from our golf course, to pool, tennis and outside dining, we actually saw business go up.

I think Covid gave people some time to reassess their lives and to think about what was important to them. And many of our guests determined they wanted to be outside, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Boxerbrand: Some people even move in! Please tell me about your real estate.

Palmer: We’re still expanding our footprint of homes, but at present we offer both lots for building and homes on sprawling lots. Our homes, like our country club, are luxurious. We offer a range of settings, from lakefront, wooded lots or overlooking the golf course.

Our homes have a design that draws its inspiration from a home in Palm Springs, and often include commercial-grade kitchens, main-level master suites and an opulence that exudes tranquility. Homes sell for about $1 million and buildable lots sell for approximately $250,000. And Loch Lloyd offers master builders and contractors who work closely with our clients to develop their dream home.

Boxerbrand: What does Loch Lloyd offer for dining options?

Palmer: We have several options to fit the mood. The Fireside Grill, which features a massive stone fireplace, is a reservation-only, upscale option. We have a more casual option called The 19th Hole, which features flat-screen TVs for watching sports, and is where our members come to relax after golfing or tennis. The Dive is our poolside and mid-course dining option, which features a full bar, and we also have The Comfort Station, between the fifth and 14th hole, which offers a full bar and menu items to snack on.

Boxerbrand: How did Boxerbrand menu covers fit the Loch Lloyd brand?

Palmer: When we found Boxerbrand, we did so after many, many, many attempts to source the perfect menu cover. Our owner has very sophisticated, very specific taste, and when we decided on Boxerbrand because we were looking for a menu cover that spoke to the exclusivity of our brand, and wanted something very custom that our members would love to hold.

Boxerbrand: What makes you optimistic about the future of hospitality?

Palmer: It’s our guests and members and their connection to our brand. Before coming to Loch Lloyd, I worked in the nonprofit sector, and I grew up in a low-middle-class family, and both experiences made me appreciate what a big deal it is for people from all walks of life to experience a great meal out and caring, personal attention.

For me, every interaction is a big deal, and our employees are spending their time making the best possible experience they can for our clients. I’m optimistic because our brand is so strong, and that tells me that despite challenges in the hospitality industry overall, the desire for a great restaurant experience or a great country club is as strong as ever!

Loch Lloyd uses Boxerbrand’s Corks line in their table presentation. Thank you!

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