I first became aware of THE TOUR CLUB through the GM of TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, where I am also a member. I am starting to think about retirement and plan to travel more, and the opportunities for luxury travel and expanded golf access provided by this private destination/golf club appeals to my family. We took a brief look at Exclusive Resorts, but they have thousands of members. THE TOUR CLUB satisfies my desire for golf vacations and even for company functions. It seemed to be the perfect way to celebrate my professional successes in an understated way. We recently took our first trip to Los Cabos and every arrangement was magnificent! That was perhaps the best vacation my family has ever had.
My experience at Pelican Hill was one of my best yet combining resort residences with golf. Pelican Hill has an awesome location, amenities, restaurants, direct beach shuttle access, fantastic homes/rooms, and unbeatable ocean views on bluffs! Being raised in the LA/OC area, I have been to most all of the high-end resorts and best beaches in Southern California. The only one that comes close is Montage in Laguna Beach and you can easily argue that Pelican Hill is a better central location to the best shopping and more. The three-bedroom villas are great and the destination is perfect year-round.
Last year I used THE TOUR CLUB to organize and send a group of eight to the 2011 Masters tournament. Each of the eight guests represented an important corporate relationship, and going to the Masters with THE TOUR CLUB helped ice the cake with these guys, so to speak.
The experience was really first-class, from the time we got off the plane to the end of the trip. At every step we received unparalleled personal service, which included detailed planning, impeccable organization and even nightly PGA TOUR gifts. Everyone loved it. Throughout the trip, I kept hearing how fantastic it was. There was a father and son in particular who had always wanted to attend the Masters together, and I was instrumental in getting that done, which in itself was meaningful to me. Plus, the corporation that I was working with said that at the end of the three days, they had accomplished more than they expected; that it was an ideal environment in which to craft meaningful business relationships and really get things done. It was a totally productive event that was executed seamlessly by THE TOUR CLUB.
The best part of the whole experience was that, while the rest of my group was out savoring every moment of the Masters, I was hanging out in Sage Valley, which is a place I absolutely love to be, hands-down one of my favorite golf destinations. Since I’ve already been to the Masters seven or eight times and have seen it in all of its glory, THE TOUR CLUB enabled me to do my own thing. I was able to hand off this important business and trust that I had left my guests in very capable hands. They took good care of my people and made the weekend much more enjoyable for me. I’m a big believer in THE TOUR CLUB; I think it provides a product that no one else is offering right now, and thus far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it.
Last May we stayed at our first TOUR CLUB property and played TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, New Jersey. We were all very impressed by the accommodations, room sizes, décor and the property in general. The ten-bedroom Annex House has all the right amenities, including fireplaces in the bedrooms, an expansive common area lounge, a billiards room and full-service honor bar, and the meeting room was ideal for a group of our size. I would like to highlight Michelle Caponi, Lodging Manager, who assisted us tremendously; she was very attentive to our needs and made us all feel very welcomed from the moment we walked through the door.
THE TOUR CLUB has enabled my company, OGIO, to truly benefit from and maximize our entertaining budget and brand awareness. THE TOUR CLUB and its exceptional Golf Concierge services have helped us host corporate events for our sales teams as well as summits with our most valued customers. By blending the use of private club facilities — otherwise inaccessible to us — and high-end resort locations, each unique event venue has exceeded our expectations in both accommodation and golf experience. To further promote sales of the OGIO product, we are now launching an incentive program for our sales team and retailers that utilizes the PGA TOUR tournament event access available to us through our TOUR CLUB platform. We are excited to see the results, and to continue working with THE TOUR CLUB to find additional ways of further promoting the OGIO brand.
My wife and I love to golf together, and THE TOUR CLUB offers so many good destinations! I can’t wait to enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate at Pelican Hill and golf at such hallowed, exclusive places as Lake Nona and Sage Valley. Although my travel plans have recently been hampered by a recurring rotator cuff injury, I already have a list of “must see” TOUR CLUB locations for when I am swinging the club again.
Being a TOUR CLUB Member has been dynamite so far. When my wife (who is also a golf coach) and I stayed at THE TOUR CLUB property at Wynn Las Vegas last month, we took advantage of golf privileges at TPC Las Vegas. For the price of a cab ride and cart fee, we enjoyed some great golf in the desert. We had a wonderful time at Pelican Hill this summer playing some great Tom Fazio golf courses. And speaking of Tom Fazio, we enjoyed a round at Sage Valley this spring; that is an experience not to be missed. My brother recently played at TPC Jasna Polana, which he said was fabulous. Next, we’ll all get together in Sage Valley for the 2012 Masters. With Sage Valley’s impeccably maintained grounds and incredible staff, plus VIP passes to the Masters, it should be an awesome trip.
All in all, I don’t think we could be much happier. Our friends and neighbors have been very interested in our travels this holiday season. When we look back and realize how fortunate we are to have experienced all these wonderful destinations within our first year how could it not be the topic of conversation at parties? We recommend it to them every time.