Commercial Outdoor Furniture Project – The Arizona Country Club

The Arizona Country Club's PatioThe View From The Arizona Country Club's Patio
The Arizona Country Club has a rich history among the Phoenix community. Its memberships are a prized possession and are passed down from generation to generation. The club is known for its superior service, its magnificent golf course and its casual and inviting, yet elegant atmosphere. This year the club decided to revamp their patio dining area and they wanted to reward their members with outdoor furniture that provided unparalleled comfort and was inline with their core values of uncompromising standards.

A Brief History Of A Storied Legacy

The Arizona Country Club has been a staple in Phoenix for over 100 years. It earned the distinction of being the first winter resort ever built in the Valley and over time it became Phoenix’s premier private club. The Arizona Country Club's Old FurnitureThe golf course is so highly regarded that from 1955 to 1973 it hosted the Phoenix Open and golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer made the course famous. Today the club features a remarkable dining room, an impressive bar and a 4,800 square foot state of the art fitness center.

Improving Upon Greatness

The club has a beautiful patio that stretches across the north side of the clubhouse and faces the iconic Camelback Mountains. Intricate stonework is used throughout the floor, the pillars and on the big round fire pit that is centered on the patio. Their previous outdoor furniture was purchased five years ago and was big and bulky and made of pinewood. The maintenance over time grew excessive and the furniture was hard to move for both the guest and the staff. As well the older club members had a hard time of getting up out of the chairs and were not satisfied with the overall comfort.

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From Today’s Patio

Once the club contacted Today’s Patio, one of our design specialists Tracy Snyder began working with John Neill the club’s Food and Beverage Director and Rita Lee their interior designer. John and Rita expressed to Tracy that they wanted a new look, that provided greater comfort and it was important that it was lighter and more mobile. Tracy recommended furniture from manufacture OW Lee given that it was made of wrought iron, which would keep it looking great for a long period of time. They decided on the ultra comfortable Monterra collection because it had a large selection of dining chairs and deep seating options.

In the end they purchased 115 dining chairs, 34 side chairs, 2 large oval dining tables, 33 round and square dining tables, 10 occasional tables, 6 club chairs and 6 large cuddle chairs.Arizona Country Club%27s Patio With New Deep Seating Furniture Since the patio makeover the club’s members have provided outstanding feedback and are completely satisfied with the superior comfort of the deep seating cuddle chairs. Today’s Patio would like to say thank you to The Arizona Country Club for the privilege to be able to serve such a storied and well-respected member of our community and we hope some day soon we will be invited out for a meal and a chance to enjoy the beautiful patio.

To view more pictures of The Arizona Country Club’s beautiful patio furnished with OW Lee furniture click here.

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Commercial Outdoor Furniture Features Strength And Style

commercial outdoor furnitureIn private settings, patio furniture is usually chosen for either utility or aesthetics, or both. In this regard, commercial applications are not that different. The right furniture should compliment your architecture or professional atmosphere; it will enhance, or even create, whatever ambiance you envision. Patio furniture adds a sense of welcome to the space it occupies, an invitation for your patrons to relax and stay a while — and return.

But here the similarities end. The average patio chair found on the average back porch wouldn’t last long if subjected to the volume of use and abuse found in a commercial setting. Bridging the gap between these two worlds is commercial outdoor furniture.

Defining “Commercial”

Commercial patio furniture must withstand a large volume of traffic and extensive exposure to the elements, while accommodating guests of varying age, height, weight and activity levels — without collapsing, causing injury, or appearing worn. This is no small accomplishment — but it’s exactly what commercial outdoor furniture is designed to deliver.

In short, where patio furniture is normally designed for light to moderate use, the commercial variety is designed to withstand just about anything you throw at it — literally and figuratively. Here are just a few of the features you’ll find in quality commercial outdoor furniture:

  • Heavy-duty frames that won’t bend, bow or collapse
  • Additional bracing to enhance frame strength
  • Few or no moving parts prevents pinching or accidental folding
  • No sharp edges, protruding bolts, or other hazardous hardware
  • Powder-coated frames that inhibit rust, chipping or peeling
  • Industrial-strength stain, UV and mildew resistant upholstery adds durability and retains colors


Strength without Compromise

Though heavy-duty and reinforced, commercial outdoor furniture loses none of its aesthetic appeal; it is typically available in the same array of sizes, shapes, styles, colors and materials as its residential counterparts. If anything, the slightly more robust appearance of the commercial version only adds to its presence.

The same variety of pieces are usually also found in commercial patio furniture; from chaise lounges to sofas, bar stools to end tables, carts to fire pits. Choosing commercial grade does not mean giving up variety; you’re only adding quality.

Customization is the Name of the Game

Your commercial project is unique, and so are the challenges your furniture will be faced with; will it be exposed to extreme heat or cold? Sun, water or snow? Sand, dust or humidity? Uncommonly tall, short or heavy patrons? Spilled food and drink? All of the above? All of these factors — and more — determine the ideal type of frame and upholstery materials.

And that’s only the beginning. Will your furniture need to be moved frequently? If so, lightweight aluminum furniture provides obvious benefits. For very heavy use, wrought iron furniture offers lasting strength. Wood, wicker and other materials fall somewhere in between; not as lightweight as aluminum nor as durable as wrought iron, and are particularly sensitive to exposure to the elements.

Add to that the literally hundreds of frame styles and fabrics available, and choosing the right commercial outdoor furniture is a project all in itself!

Have Questions About Commercial Outdoor Furniture?

The good news is, we’re here to offer professional, one-on-one help until you find the perfect commercial patio furniture for your business — and your clientele. We have the knowledge and hands-on experience to not only help you select the ideal materials, but also custom-tailor the products to suit your specific needs, no matter how unique or ambitious your project is.

Take a look at our Trade Program for more information about the specialized pricing, customization options and services available to developers, architects, interior designers and those in the hospitality industry.

To see a real-life example of how we helped one of our clients overcome unique challenges, check out our posts on The Legend At Arrowhead and The Arizona Country Club.

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