Golf re­sort fits to a tee

Cal­gary cou­ple pur­chases home near course at Palm Springs, Calif.

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When Jay Wil­son and his part­ner Cheryl Noland first ar­rived at their new place in Palm Springs, Calif., they didn’t waste time — they pulled out their golf clubs.

The two made them­selves at home on the scenic 27-hole course near Dunes Club called the Ber­muda Dunes Coun­try Club, which is where golf great Arnold Palmer won his last PGA Tour event.

“We ar­rived on the first of March, left on the 31st and played 24 rounds,” says Wil­son. Need­less to say, they’re fans. “For a golfer, it’s a no-brainer,” he says.

Dunes Club is a bou­tique prop­erty that of­fers frac­tional own­er­ship in one- and twobed­room res­i­dences.

The prop­erty where Dunes Club now ex­ists was once home to a small ho­tel, which was a mag­net for leg­endary film and TV stars such as Clark Gable and Lu­cille Ball, as well as singer/ac­tor and Rat Pack mem­ber Frank Si­na­tra.

Own­er­ship at the Dunes Club in­cludes a mem­ber­ship to the Ber­muda Dunes Coun­try Club. The his­toric course is the orig­i­nal home to the PGA’s Bob Hope Clas­sic.

“It’s a very good golf course in very good con­di­tion,” says Wil­son — and he should know. He is a former golf pro­fes­sional at a club in Cal­gary, while Noland is a re­tired school teacher.

When the two aren’t in Palm Springs, they tee off at Earl Grey Golf Club in Cal­gary, where they’re mem­bers.

They bought frac­tional own­er­ship for the month of March for a one-bed­room, two bath­room res­i­dence at the re­sort. Prices at the prop­erty start at one-12th own­er­ship from $24,900 US.

“When you go there, all you need to do is bring your clothes and your golf clubs,” says Wil­son.

Out­side of golf, there’s plenty to do, says Wil­son. Res­i­dents of­ten as­sem­ble at the pool, hot tub and fire pit.

“Quite a few peo­ple use (the fire pit) in the evening. They sit around have a drink and visit,” says Wil­son.

“It seems that most peo­ple PROJECT: The Dunes Club con­sists of 20 sin­gle-storey units next to the his­toric Ber­muda Dunes Coun­try Club. LO­CA­TION: Palm Springs, Calif. PRICE: 1/12 own­er­ships starts at $24,900 US. IN­FOR­MA­TION: Visit dunesclub palm­springs.com are play­ing golf in the morn­ing — and they’re at the pool in the af­ter­noon and have the fire pit at night.”

Wil­son says the area of­fers a num­ber of ex­cel­lent din­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the nearby La Quinta Arts Fes­ti­val.

Like Wil­son and Noland, many Cal­gar­i­ans have turned to Dunes Club. No city in Canada or the U.S. has a higher num­ber of res­i­dents at the devel­op­ment than Cal­gary.

Along with Cal­gar­i­ans, Wil­son says he’s met own­ers from Ed­mon­ton as well as Saskatchewan and B.C. That’s no sur­prise, he says, con­sid­er­ing “the weather is ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing.”

Dunes Club project di­rec­tor Steve Rose­man says the devel­op­ment’s frac­tional own­er­ship pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to peo­ple who want a sunny es­cape, but not full own­er­ship in a condo that needs sup­port year-round.

“It’s turnkey and has­sle-free,” says Rose­man.

There are now 20 res­i­dences at the prop­erty. Pri­vate in­vestors are plan­ning to build about eight more on land

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they own next to the cur­rent res­i­dences later this year.

“This is a small prop­erty and we have a lot of own­ers who own mul­ti­ple in­ter­ests,” says Rose­man. “We have own­ers that own up to five dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests that come for five months a year.”

Rose­man says own­ers of­ten get to­gether for so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. “There are al­ways owner func­tions here. They’re peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests in a sim­i­lar age group,” he says.

The res­i­dences come in one and two bed­room lay­outs rang­ing from 900 to 1,100 square feet. The units have stan­dard features, in­clud­ing gran­ite coun­ter­tops and stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances.

Prior to ar­riv­ing at their res­i­dence, own­ers can pre­order food from lo­cal mar­kets.

“When it’s de­liv­ered, the staff pre­pares the fridge so they don’t have to go shop­ping af­ter a long trip,” says Rose­man. “When they leave, we give them con­tain­ers for spices and toi­letries, which we store for them un­til their next trip — so it’s really a sec­ond home down here.”

The devel­op­ment in­cludes a concierge ser­vice, which of­fers din­ner reser­va­tions and tee time book­ings.

Adrian Shel­lard/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

Jay Wil­son and Cheryl Nolan found their golf par­adise at The Dunes Club in Palm Springs, Calif. They pur­chased a frac­tional own­er­ship in a one-bed­room unit.

The quiet of a Cal­i­for­nia sun­set sur­rounds a pool at the Dunes Club.

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