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» Featured Columnists | By Scott Kauffman | May 7, 2010 9:00 AM ET

Destination Club Quintess Signs PGA Tour Club Deal

(BROOMFIELD, CO) -- The luxury destination club Quintess, Leading Residences Worldwide recently announced a reciprocal agreement with The Tour Club that provides Quintess, LRW members with access to several new high-end golf destinations that include: The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California; Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.; Atlanta National Golf Club, and TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, N.J.

The Tour Club, through a licensing agreement with the PGA Tour, is the first and only national sports entertainment solution providing access to numerous exclusive sporting and recreational places and events by leveraging more than $1 billion in combined assets, including access to luxury residences at some of the world's most sought after golf destinations.

At the Resort at Pelican Hill, rated by Golf Magazine as a "Premier Resorts 2010 Top Newcomer," members stay in richly appointed two-bedroom villas. Sage Valley, ranked America's No. 6 greatest golf retreats by Golf Digest, offers members four-bedroom cottages that epitomize Southern charm and luxury. Meanwhile, Atlanta National, one of Georgia's most respected private clubs, members stay in either a four-bedroom lodge overlooking the 8th or 12th hole, or the five-bedroom villa overlooking the 17th green. 

Then, nestled in the beautiful hills of Princeton, TPC Jasna Polana sets the standard for private clubs nationwide and offers the rare opportunity to stay in one of the two former private residences on the estate.

"The Tour Club is pleased to work with Quintess, LRW to provide exciting new destinations that members of both clubs will be able to experience," Tour Club president John Fechter said.

The Tour Club reciprocal partnership will bring a number of opportunities to Quintess, LRW. For example, broadened access to world-class real estate, through affiliation with THE TOUR CLUB, will create more new travel destinations as well as additional golf-related benefits for Quintess, LRW members.

"Quintess, LRW is focused on expanding our members' experiences across the United States and beyond," said Greg Eure, President, Quintess, LRW. "We are thrilled that our new reciprocal agreement with the Tour Club will provide members with these great new destinations, expanding on Quintess, LRW's category leading home portfolio, availability and quality of service."

Quintess provides its members with access to 80-plus multimillion-dollar residences and experiences in 40-plus international resort and city destinations, including Aspen, Los Cabos, Florence, Hawaii, Jackson Hole, London, Napa Valley, New York City, Paris, Saint Martin and Tuscany, among others. As part of Quintess, LRW's strategic relationship with The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., the club now offers Q Leading Experiences at select member hotels around the globe.

Quiness has more than 525 members and reports it is committed to financial transparency and full disclosure and continues the practice of providing its members with third party audited financial statements.

The Tour Club offers access to 35 Tournament Players Clubs' courses, luxury residences at some of the world's most sought after golf destinations, special access to a wide variety of events across the PGA TOUR, the Champions Tour, and the Nationwide Tour, professional-level golf instruction provided by the Tour Academy, unparalleled vacations, and experiences that create a lifetime of memories.

Bonita Bay Club Opens Separate 36-Hole Facility to Public

(NAPLES, FL) -- Bonita Bay East, the 1,400-acre stand-alone golf facility in North Naples known for its exceptional environmental setting and two award-winning Tom Fazio-designed championship courses, is now open for daily play. The golf facility has been one of the region's most sought-after golf experiences since it opened as a private club in 1997, and serves as an extension to the 54-hole Bonita Bay Club community in nearby Bonita Springs, Fla.

"Bonita Bay East's large-scale acreage and variety of vegetation gave us unlimited opportunity to mold, shape and form one of the finest golf complexes in the United States," said designer Tom Fazio, who described the pure golf setting as reminiscent of Florida as it appeared a century ago. "The outstanding site allowed us to create a different playing experience and views on every hole while maintaining and, in many cases, enhancing the environmental integrity of the property."

The two courses wind through open areas, marsh and woodland and past cypress stands where players often see wild turkey, marsh birds, rabbits and white tailed deer. It was the first 36-hole facility in the world to achieve Audubon International Signature Sanctuary status. Bonita Bay East's site includes 895 acres of cypress wetlands, 190 acres of pine flats, lakes and hundreds of native sabal palms.

"The Sabal and Cypress courses are a departure from more contemporary configurations, with elevation changes, and uphill and downhill play," Fazio added. "Five tee areas allow golfers to choose markers appropriate to their game and knolls, ridges, undulations and lakes create a game of strategy for all players."

Golf enthusiasts are invited to play the courses, dine in the facility's 8,000-square-foot clubhouse overlooking the two finishing holes and take advantage of the state-of-the-art practice facility.

Bonita Bay received the 1999 Golf Digest Environmental Leader in Golf Award from Golf Digest,  the National Environmental Steward Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and was included among Travel + Leisure Golf's top 100 golf communities in America each year since 2006, Links magazine's 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 lists of America's Premier Properties and Golf Connoisseur's 2007 list of the top 40 golf communities in America.

Bonita Bay East is located on Immokalee Road six miles east of I-75.

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