A real estate feature in Forbes magazine highlighted how the Talisker Club in Utah, the Whitetail Club in Idaho, Toscana CC in California and the Kohanaiki community in Hawaii are “[going] the extra mile to ensure that many membership benefits can still be savored,” through efforts that range from “virtual yoga classes and online meditation sessions, to Zoom golf lessons and chef-concocted recipes worthy of at-home experimentation.”
A recent real estate feature in Forbes magazine focused on how four private residential clubs have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by “becoming downright inventive in fostering community among members who can’t physically interact.” Four clubs were featured for approaches they have taken, Forbes said, to go “the extra mile to ensure that many membership benefits can still be savored,” and to still deliver social interaction that can help to promote “mental, emotional and even physical well-being” for their memberships.
Talisker Club At the private residential club in Park City-Deer Valley, Utah, Forbes reported, club members are enjoying online live fitness classes, daily curbside meals made available from the clubhouse and video golf tips offered by Director of Golf Thomas Barksdale. Every Thursday at 5 p.m., Executive Chef Clement Gelas is delivering a live-streamed cooking class during which members can cook alongside him using ingredients from a kit obtained in advance.
Toscana Country Club At the upscale private equity residential country club in Indian Wells, Calif., where more than 630 homes and estates encircle a pair of championship 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, the club’s management team has made sure the pandemic won’t leave members pacing restlessly with nothing to do, Forbes reported. Yoga and pilates videos are offered to help members keep in shape at home and the golf staff, led by pro Bill Harmon, has produced training videos to helping golfers hone their balance, control and command of their clubs while the greens are closed. Toscana’s culinary program is permitting members to order high-end meals, including Allen Brothers Prime Steaks, to prepare on their own grills at home.
Whitetail Club At the 1,300-acre private real estate club in McCall, Idaho, which features a 7,200-yard Andy North-designed golf course, as well as fishing, swimming, tennis, boating and more, the staff adapted to the fact that it could not serve Easter brunch in the clubhouse restaurant, Forbes reported, and instead made Easter brunch baskets available for curbside pickup. Each featured a country white loaf with pineapple butter and a spring salad, glazed ham or roasted prime rib, and sides like whipped potatoes, broccoli cheddar casserole and sauteed vegetables. Carrot cupcakes delivered a taste-tempting crowning touch.
Kohanaiki Set on 1.5 miles of pristine shoreline on the Big Island of Hawaii’s Kona Coast, the 450-acre Kohanaiki is a private club community that was once the intimate retreat of island royals, Forbes reported. The club is renowned for exquisite real estate, Ohana culture and imaginative amenities, from a four-lane bowling alley to a micro-brewery and “secret whiskey room.”
But with the membership unable to gather in those venues during the pandemic, Forbes reported, the property’s staff is instead now offering alternative membership perks that include virtual wine tastings; an onsite market, to eliminate the need to travel into town; access to a biodynamic organic community farm, where members can pick fresh lilikoi, mango, eggplant and other farm produce; and “socially distanced” walks, runs and bike rides along Kohanaiki’s coastal beach trails and paths. Members can also order takeout food form Konane, the club’s dining room.
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