Adventures at Talisker Club
Since Park City’s first ski resort opened its slopes almost 60 years ago, the area has grown in both size and popularity to become one of the premiere year-round destinations in the world. The 2002 Winter Olympics further elevated Park City as a world-class venue for all manner of outdoor sports, music, film, theatre, dining and nightlife.
People who want to live here have many choices. Among the impressive panoply of custom homes and gated communities in the area, it’s still hard to compare to the Talisker Club, recently ranking highest in the United States on Bloomberg’s list of Vacation Havens, exceeding both Jackson Hole and Aspen.
With an exclusive collection of venues, Talisker Club is actually four different clubs—Tuhaye, Empire Pass, Outpost and the fabulous Courchevel Bistro. Ownership at any of the club’s exclusive communities provides members unlimited access to all club facilities and amenities. From a spectacular golfer’s dream community to the rustic Outpost near Empire Pass, Talisker Club has it all. Membership opens the door to a luxurious lifestyle covering thousands of pristine mountainous acres, encompassing views that reach the sky. Families who choose to live here thrive and grow among the area’s diverse natural landscapes and abundance of wildlife.
The flagship club is Tuhaye, a planned community of custom homes surrounding an award-winning golf course. The name Tuhaye derives from the Ute Native American language and means “good land.” Overlooking the sprawling Jordanelle Reservoir, this elegant gathering of residences includes a myriad of amenities, including miles of trails, parks, pools, restaurants, an activities center and a spa and fitness center.
For avid golfers, Tuhaye is the ultimate community. Golf legend Mark O’Meara designed the 18-hole course at Tuhaye and he liked the place so much he actually moved there. The par three course will open summer 2023. Marketing Director of Talisker Club Aaron Smith explains, “It’s aimed at both serious golfers who want to improve their short game and also for the casual golfer who has a couple of hours to play and enjoys a cocktail along the way.”
Tuhaye is expanding its horizons as well. “More and more families are looking for things to do beyond golf. That’s where Tuhaye is truly exceptional,” says Smith. “There’s hiking, biking, water sports on Jordanelle Reservoir and this year we’re adding a new amenity called Base Camp. It’s going to be a family-oriented spot to start your adventures that includes casual dining, a soda bar, golf and game simulators, bowling, basketball and pickle ball courts. Something that we think is really unique and innovative is a new “maker’s space” where young and old alike can go to create cool things with robotics, lasers and 3D printers. It’s a highly anticipated project, scheduled for completion next year.”
Future plans include an adventure park, with zip lines, a climbing wall, covered decking and a fishing pond. And Hoodoo Pavilion is envisioned as a rustic retreat overlooking Jordanelle Reservoir.
Across the valley, high above Park City, is Empire Pass, a magnificent collection of custom condominiums and homes with amenities to match. It’s the only ski-in/ski-out private club on the mountain. All the condominium residences connect to the Tower Clubhouse, a delightful destination lending a real sense of community for Club members. Members may opt for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at the clubhouse restaurant. Winter promises apres-ski appetizers and cocktails around a crackling fire in the lounge, hot tubs and a sunny ski beach. An outdoor pool, full-service spa, fitness center and a “kid’s camp” add luster to this wondrous spot. In summer, members may ride club mountain bikes to access miles and miles of world-class single track, including the amazing Mid-mountain Trail, extending from Deer Valley to Vail’s Canyons. Additionally, Talisker Club’s shuttle service transports members to and from all its amazing venues.
At the base of Park City’s historic Main Street, the ever-popular Courchevel Bistro is another prime destination. This bistro, named to honor Park City’s sister city in the French Alps, hosts both Talisker Club members and the general public. Guests enjoy outstanding French-European and Mediterranean cuisine in approachable and intimate dining rooms and outdoor patios.
Courchevel participates in the annual “Savor the Summit,” Park City’s yearly summer food fest. A wine-lover’s Shangri-La, this elegant space in the historic Utah Coal and Lumber Building at the base of Main Street offers arguably the town’s finest wine list. In 2021, Wine Spectator Magazine bestowed the prestigious “Best of Award of Excellence” on the bistro.
For adventurous club members, the secluded Outpost is a prime destination year round. This high-altitude, natural retreat offers numerous summer activities that include mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, archery and even hatchet throwing. Intrepid Club members also enjoy campfire dinners while listening to cowboy poets spin their tales. In the winter, backcountry skiers access well-stocked yurts before searching out early-morning, untouched powder.
Talisker Club members who enjoy watersports have access to the club’s two Super Air Nautique wake boats at Jordanelle Reservoir. The reservoir is perfect for wakeboarding and water skiing. Those who enjoy fishing can try their luck for trout, bass and yellow perch. The middle-fork of the Provo River, flowing out of Jordanelle Reservoir, is a blue-ribbon trout stream easily accessible to Talisker Club Park City members.
Under new ownership since 2018, Talisker Club is focusing on both renovating existing facilities and creating new ones. Signature developments like Moondance and Cougar Moon have expanded ownership opportunities. Moondance homes are designed by renowned Otto/Walker Architects and are nestled among the front nine of Tuhaye’s signature championship golf course and the Cougar Moon neighborhood overlooks expansive views of Jordanelle Reservoir and Deer Valley.
As Smith further states “The growth of the club has been exciting and it’s injected a lot of new energy that’s led to more events and activities.”
With all that Talisker Club has to offer, it’s really no surprise that Club members refer to Talisker as their own private wonderland.
“I think what draws a lot of people to Talisker Club is the fact that if you really like hiking and biking and golfing you can live at Tuhaye, but you still have easy shuttle access and member privileges at other premiere Talisker Club venues in downtown Park City, Empire Pass and elsewhere.”
—AARON SMITH, Marketing Director of Talisker Club