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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Membership Bonus: Cocktails with the Nicklauses at Governors Club

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        It is incumbent on private clubs these days to be as creative as possible in seeking new members...and keeping the ones they already have. The most actively managed clubs do not let a good opportunity for promotion go by.
        Governors Club, the 25-year old community in Chapel Hill, NC, is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this month in a big way, hosting a special dinner on September 29 with invited guests Jack and Barbara Nicklaus in attendance. Nicklaus designed the club’s 27-hole golf course under his “Signature” course banner, which indicates that he gave his full personal attention to the design.
        Some club members will have the opportunity to join the Nicklauses at the dinner and cocktail party that precedes it. And during the month of September, a few new members will have the opportunity to attend the cocktail party as well. As we write this, Governors Club is offering 15 “Reserved Membership” packages to new members,

Governors Club recently jumped from #57 to #36 in the North Carolina Golf Rating Panel's rankings of best courses in the state.

most of which include the opportunity to attend the pre-dinner cocktail party. The three different levels of membership include a different assortment of incentives in addition to the Nicklaus reception. The highest level (at $38,000) includes 16 guest rounds of golf, four nine-hole playing lessons with the Governors Club PGA professional, monthly dues reduced to just $25 for 12 months, club credits of $1,000 and a range of other incentives. New members joining at an initiation fee of $25,000 -– the regular fee is $22,000, without the extras -- receive tickets to the cocktail party and five months of half-price dues (regular family dues are $655 per month).
        After a multi-million dollar renovation, the Nicklaus design made a significant jump on this year’s North Carolina Golf Rating Panel list, from #57 to #36. The golf course has historically been well maintained, and it is as challenging as it is well groomed, with a slope rating for the Gold tees (around 6,600 yards), depending which combination of nines you play, coming in between 134 and 137 and course ratings above 72. Not a pushover, but then not many Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses are.
        If you would like more information on this one-month only opportunity at Governors Club, please contact real estate professional Kay Dunson, who lives in the community and works with folks considering a move there.  Kay recently assisted a couple we referred from Yorba Linda, CA, in building their dream home in Governors Club.

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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.