On August 14, Montage received notification from John Conroy, Membership Manager at Mission Hills Country Club, that the Montage homeowners benefit package (Social / Fitness Membership) is to be upgraded to the Sports Club Membership Package on September 1 at no additional cost. Homeowners will soon begin to receive the Sports Club membership Thursday weekly “TPC” (Tennis – Pickleball – Croquet) newsletter via email, which will provide further details on how to take full advantage of the membership upgrade, including how to reserve courts and sign up for lessons for tennis pickleball and croquet.
“Club Management has been considering offering Montage residents this upgrade since early spring and would have made the announcement earlier had it not been for the pandemic and the Orders of the Health Officer of the Riverside County Health Department’s mandating closure of most of the Clubs facilities and services. As we seem to be coming out of the pandemic, we wanted to make the announcement now in hopes that Montage homeowners will see this as a real opportunity to get active and engaged again using our available facilities as we open them under the Riverside County Health Department guidelines,” according to Mr. Conroy. “We’re looking forward to setting up some on-site orientation/tour sessions for new Montage residents and our old friends in Montage to show them the quality of club amenities and demonstrate how to access them.”
You can learn more about how to activate your MHCC privileges by contacting John Conroy directly (760-883-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or by referring to the new Montage information sheet that is provided at the time of move-in and is also available by Clicking Here on the Montage website. To view and download a copy of the full Social /Fitness Club Agreement (January 2018 CCR’s, Exhibit A) Click Here.
The Sports Membership includes access to MHCC’s former No. 1 nationally ranked USTA Tennis Facility including 33 tennis courts with hard, clay and grass surfaces and 4 Pickleball courts as well as additional services associated with tennis including strong game arranging, private lessons, equipment repairs, Men’s and Ladies Leagues, special tennis events, Junior Tennis Academy Instruction & complimentary ball machines.
The Mission Hills Country Club has been past National Champion of the United States Lawn Croquet Association and now those same facilities the Club Team Play on are available to Montage residents, including four (4) permanent Croquet Lawns and six(6) additional lawns for tournaments are available for Montage member use.
When the County Health Department permits, Montage residents will continue to have use of the 17,000 sf Fitness/Wellness Center which features Matrix, Cybex & TechnoGym cardiovascular equipment, Kinesis weight system and free weights, personal trainers, regularly scheduled exercise classes, spin classes, Pilates & TRX, yoga as well as access to the many Spa Services & Salon.
Montage residents will also continue to enjoy dining privileges in the Main Clubhouse, Fifty-Fifth & Tennis Courtside Café dining areas. Members receive a 20% merchandise discount in the Tennis and Golf Pro Shops. Sports Club members may reserve use of the Club for private events and meetings.
“MHCC is a part of the ClubCorp organization and as a result Montage residents benefits include the option of expanding their membership through enrollment in the O.N.E. Program (Optimal Network Experiences) which includes access to the industry-leading ClubCorp Network of more than 300 country clubs and business clubs nationwide which includes special offerings at more than 1,000 hotels, resorts and entertainment venues. ONE membership includes 50% off à la carte dining at your Home Club,” according to Conroy adding “that travel benefits can include golf with complimentary green fees and complimentary dining as well as access to tennis & fitness at other ClubCorp clubs.” are available and can include 50% off your ala carte selections.
“When prospective buyers understand that Montage homeownership includes membership in a club with the reputation of MHCC and the network of Club Corp, it makes the properties in our development more valuable,” Says Michelle Madison, Montage resident, and a local realtor. “Almost every Montage home listing includes a mention of MHCC membership, and some include MHCC amenity photos. While difficult to place a value on the MHCC membership as a part of your home, it is fair to say that the MHCC membership is seen as prestigious, attaches Montage to the Rancho Mirage market, and increases the perceived value of the homes in Montage.”
Montage homeowners are granted MHCC sports, fitness, and dining benefits through an agreement initially executed between MHCC and Montage builder GHA properties in 2000 to enhance the benefits of living in Montage without the additional overhead and capital maintenance costs generally associated with living in a country club type complex. Montage homeowners pay $250/mo in HOA dues Approximately $100/mo of that amount is attributable to the MHCC benefit package which has a value of about $320 (plus initiation fee ) if purchased separately. MHCC membership dues have generally increased 3.5% to 5% annually over the 20 years term of the Agreement, in line with 5% increases in Montage HOA dues during that period.