By Annette Velarde
As far back as the Greek era, the affluent have enjoyed the benefits of private club memberships. Like any organization that brings people with common interests together, these associations devote themselves to promoting a sense of community and providing entertainments and pleasures to their members. In and around Park City, outdoor activities such as skiing and golf are central to many of the private clubs. Some require the purchase of real estate while others do not. All of them offer exclusive benefits and luxurious experiences to their members.
PARK MEADOWS COUNTRY CLUB
Established in 1997, Park Meadows Country Club is the longest standing private club in Park City. It is the only in-town, 100% member owned club that requires no purchase of real estate prior to joining. Because it focuses on local, full-time residences, its ambiance is quite different from those organizations that are associated with resorts. Many members visit the fully equipped workout facilities daily. During the summer, their pool is fully staffed with lifeguards and pool-side servers so the whole family can enjoy the fun. Park Meadows Country Club’s Jack Nicklaus
signature course is an immaculately maintained links-style course that is challenging but not punishing for all ability levels. Tee times are readily available with four-hour rounds being the norm.
During the winter months, members can use the Full Swing golf simulator to help maintain their skills. When the snow flies, there are weekly group outings for skiers of all ability levels and the golf course is groomed with cross-country, snow shoe and skate skiing trails. Whether in the formal dining room or in the casual lounge and patio, members enjoy award-winning gourmet cuisine with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
PROMONTORY – THE RANCH CLUB
A private, recreational community, Promontory provides a wide array of membership privileges that cater to the entire family.
For the golfer, it offers two meticulously maintained signature golf courses by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye that have earned top accolades by the golf industry. The Ranch Clubhouse offers casual dining, luxurious spa treatments, a well-equipped fitness center, professional-grade tennis courts, a winter ice skating rink and a heated pool. The striking Dye Clubhouse features a pro-shop with men and women’s private lounges with lockers. The Hearth Grille offers exclusive fine dining and a superb wine list. The award- winning Shed Clubhouse features fun family activities including bowling, video games, basketball arena, theatre, art studio and a nostalgic soda fountain. For the kids, Promontory offers them their very own “Kid’s Only” Cabin where they can discover and learn in one of the ongoing camps or explore the adventure trail which includes a rock climbing wall and robber’s roost. The Promontory Equestrian Center features top tier facilities and an indoor riding arena that are every horse enthusiast’s dream come true. It includes heated stalls, washing and grooming facilities, and a private club lounge for viewing, training and riding. Promontory takes great care to address the needs of all your family members’, offering its very own Outfitter’s Cabin and variety of outdoor adventures such as fly fishing, snowshoeing, biking, hiking
and snow mobile tours of the surrounding countryside with panoramic vistas. Located within minutes of three top ski resorts, Promontory’s Deer Valley Alpine Lodge caters to member’s love for skiing with a kid’s alcove, private ski lockers and après ski parties. With over 6,500 acres, it’s hard to imagine what other amenities are yet to be unveiled.
It’s comprised of three unique neighborhoods—Empire Pass and Red Cloud, both in the Deer Valley Resort and Tuhaye, east of Park City with amazing views of Deer Valley Resort, the Jordanelle Reservoir and the majestic Mt. Timpanogos. All Talisker communities are united by one very exceptional offering: the award-winning Talisker Club. Membership in Talisker Club brings exceptional privileges, including exclusive access to world-class skiing at Deer Valley Resort, dining experiences where the cuisine rivals the magnificent views, and access to Talisker’s expert Adventure Guides who lead members on excursions from fly fishing to dog sledding. It also features a world of unforgettable experiences and unique activities across scores of acres of breathtaking mountain terrain in the Park City area; indulgent spas, elegant clubhouses and pristine lakes; and the Wildstar Rangers Kids Club which offers kids unlimited adventures of their own. And, not to be forgotten, the amazing Tuhaye golf course. Surrounded by soft rolling hills, bent-grass fairways and perfectly manicured greens with views of the Jordanelle Reservoir, Mt. Timpanagos and Deer Valley Resort, the Mark O’Meara designed 18-hole championship golf course is one of the most exquisite places to play the links. Each season in the Wasatch Range invites an exciting new reason to explore the thousands of acres of awe-inspiring wilderness that Talisker Club Members call home. Talisker Club epitomizes luxurious, healthy, and vibrant living.
DEER CREST CLUB
Located within the elegant St. Regis Deer Valley, Deer Crest Club is the only four-season, on-mountain private club that does not require the purchase of real estate as a condition of membership. Deer Crest Club membership affords privileged access to the many amenities of The St. Regis Deer Valley, starting with valet parking and use of the Hotel’s private Escalade car service to travel locally between home and Club. Admission to the Club is limited to 200, delivering exclusivity and easy access. Located slope-side to world class skiing at Deer Valley Resort, Club members
enjoy attentive ski valet service and on-site ski storage. Special member pricing is offered on dining, lodging and spa services at The St. Regis, with convenient house account signing privileges. Wine aficionados will appreciate use of a personal wine locker in The St. Regis Wine Vault, and special pricing on wine purchases and corkage. Deer Crest Club also offers private consultations and member wine tastings with Wine Ambassador Ursula Hermacinski, nationally recognized author, wine auctioneer, and former estate manager for Screaming Eagle. Members feel at home at the family-friendly club which features a private locker room, slope-side
terrace with cozy fire pit, and a refined private lounge equipped with iPads for member use. Complimentary continental breakfast and light fare lunch is served daily in season, and guest access for extended family and friends is offered. Deer Crest Club also features monthly social, cultural and recreational activities, and unique access to art and cultural events in Park City. Deer Crest Club is sure to exceed expectations with iconic St. Regis service and privileged access to the exclusive resort.
Located just outside of greater Park City in a breathtaking valley, Victory Ranch is in the ongoing process of developing an entire collection of luxurious amenities for their members. The private Rees Jones-designed 18-hole golf course is complete and is one of the most celebrated in the state. Boasting views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and Uinta Mountains, a day spent on this course challenges players to decide which was better: the panoramas or the play. The Upper Provo River flows freely through the Ranch, and provides owners with world-class fly-fishing on a private four- mile stretch. Whether members are trying their hand at casting for the first time, or are master fishermen seeking easy access to the early morning solitude, this river will become a key part of their joy in living at VictoryRanch. Freestone Lodge is a gathering place at the center of Victory Ranch. Featuring a warm, casual environment to relax, members enjoy locally inspired fare at the restaurant and share stories of their day’s adventures over cocktails beside the lounge fireplace. Many new amenities at Victory Ranch are either under construction or in the final development phase.
The soon to be completed Outpost facility will be home to the outfitters staff and a meeting point for many arranged outdoor activities. A family pool, casual grill, and fitness center will also be located at the building. Cabin product is currently being developed in an initial phase around the golf course, offering stunning views of Deer Valley and the Jordanelle Reservoir. Select estate lots and ranchettes are also available for sale. The benefits provided Victory Ranch members keep growing as its supply of available real estate keeps shrinking.
The benefits of membership in any of these private clubs are many. However, the all-embracing value is the membership itself; people who share mutual experiences and preferences coming together to enjoy one another’s company.