Clubhouse Policies

Dress Code:

It is the intention of the dress code to provide guidelines within which each Member is expected to demonstrate discretion and good judgment. It is the responsibility of each member to conform to the dress code and to ensure that family members and guests do so as well. Children in the University and Whist Club are expected to be dressed appropriately, and children over the age of twelve are required to conform to the dress code.

For men: Business casual attire is welcome at all times and in all areas of the club.

For women: Dresses, blouses and skirts, or pants suit are appropriate attire. Pants should be tailored and are acceptable when worn with a jacket or other garments that would be appropriate if worn with a skirt.

Business casual attire includes: collared shirts, turtlenecks, blouses and sweaters, pressed and creased slacks, tailored pants, skirts, dresses, socks and dress shoes.

Unacceptable Attire: Items that are not permitted at anytime are: t-shirts, tank tops, athletic wear, athletic caps, torn or inappropriate clothing, flip flops, and midriff shirts.


Delaware and Hunt Rooms/Members Bar/Lounge/Deck:
Business casual. Collared shirt. Dress jeans, no tears.

Bellevue Room: Coat required and tie prefered.

Whist Pub Room Permitted Attire: Dress jeans, dress shorts, dress sneakers, closed sandals, short-sleeved collared shirts, or authentic sport team jerseys.

Not permitted in the Pub are as follows: Ripped or torn jeans, sweat pants or sweat shorts, T-shirts (sports or otherwise), tank tops, athletic caps, open sandals, flip flops, or torn or inappropriate clothing. Pub attire may not be worn beyond the designated Pub area. The intent is to maintain a relaxed dress casual environment in keeping with the spirit of the University and Whist Club standards. Proper Pub attire will be at the discretion of the Club Management.

Club Events: The Management may temporarily waive the dress requirement or change the existing dress requirement for an event scheduled for the outside grounds of the Club if forced into the Clubhouse by weather or other unforeseen circumstances, or if dining or a scheduled event in the Clubhouse or on the deck of the Clubhouse make such a waiver desirable (at the discretion of the Manager or his or her designee). The host Committee of a Club event may establish an event-specific dress requirement.

Summer dress attire: May be worn Memorial Day thru Labor Day. This will include jeans, shorts, closed sandals, dress sneakers, and short-sleeved collared shirts. Summer dress attire may not be worn in the Bellevue Room during Member dining events.

Gratuities: The University and Whist Club is generally a non-tipping facility. Tips may be given to parking lot attendants at any time and to bartenders during non-member events.

Business Papers: The discreet display of business papers is permitted, but discouraged, in the member dining rooms. Private rooms are available for business meetings.

Mobile Phones and Devices, Laptops: The use of mobile phones is not permitted at any time in the Bellevue Room. Mobile devices must be on silent at all times. Phones, personal digital assistants, laptops, and other similar devices may only be used in the Lobby, Pub Room or Private Meeting Rooms. The use of speakerphones is prohibited, and all cell phone, PDA, and laptop alerts must be silenced throughout the Clubhouse except in private rooms.

Guest and Member Responsibilities: It is the responsibility of Members to inform their guests of the Club dress code and mobile phone etiquette. Non-members may utilize the club only as a guest of a member. Members may entertain guests during regular Clubhouse hours in any of the public areas of the Clubhouse. These include billiards room, downstairs function room, dining rooms, banquet rooms, lobby, bar, lounge, and deck.

Guide Animals: Guide animals for the handicapped are welcomed at the Club. Other animals are prohibited. 

Intoxicating Beverages: Employees of the University and Whist Club are not to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone who appears intoxicated. Consumption of alcoholic beverages on Club premises by anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) is prohibited. Staff has been trained to ask for proof of age identification to anyone who looks to be under the age of twenty-five (25) years old.

Loss of Property: Although the University and Whist Club provides facilities for parking vehicles, hats, coats, umbrellas and similar belongings of members and guests The University and Whist Club cannot be responsible for any loss of, or damage to, such property. Vehicles left in the club parking lot should be locked with any personal items out of sight.

Private Dining Rooms: Member-sponsored guests and reciprocal members are permitted to use the University and Whist Club private dining rooms. Members sponsoring private functions are responsible for the behavior of their guests as well as all charges incurred by them, including the cost of any damage to the Clubhouse or its contents.

Reciprocal Members: Reciprocal members must have a letter of introduction sent prior to attending any event at the University and Whist Club. All reciprocal members are subject to our House Rules and must settle their account by credit card at the end of their visit.

Smoking: Smoking is permitted only in the Pub Room on the lower level of the Clubhouse with Management approval or for special smoking events. Management has been directed to inform members of this policy in a discreet manner so that no member or guest will be embarrassed. The cooperation of all members is expected.

Sponsoring Functions: It is not a requirement for a member to sponsor a non-member event.

Cancellations: Any cancellation of a reservation for a special event not received 48 hours prior to the event will result in the Member being charged a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the cost of the event. If a Member is a no call/no show or cancels within 24 hours of a reserved event, that Member will be charged a fee equal to 100% of the cost of the event.

Complaints or Grievances: In spite of good intentions, slip-ups occasionally occur. Should a Member have an issue that is not (or cannot be) promptly addressed by the Manager or Staff, the issue should be brought to the attention of the General Manager. The General Manager is the membership's frontline service group for keeping Club operations running smoothly and effectively.