SARASOTA COUNTY - A Suncoast yacht club cruised its way into Platinum Club of America status, a title that only 30 private clubs in the nation have.

The Sarasota Yacht club has been a staple in the community since 1907. It attracts visitors from across the globe and is recognized for its view of the Sarasota Bay, next to the Ringling Bridge. The club features everything from a waterside terrace to a pool bar and grand dining room.

"It is the benchmark that all private clubs use for service and excellence, delivery to members. It's something everyone vies for so being able to have that the very first time we've applied for it is huge and we're so excited and honored," said General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Karen Harmon. 

Members at the Sarasota Yacht Club are ringing in the holiday season, decorating their boats with lights and decorations that can be spotted from the Ringling Bridge.