Members Get More at Kingsmill
Membership plans from golf to sports to social give more options for enjoying the resort to the fullestKingsmill Resort,
Membership plans from golf to sports to social give more options for enjoying the resort to the fullest
At Kingsmill Resort, membership has privileges whether you own property at the AAA Four Diamond resort in Williamsburg, Va., or just enjoy regular forays onto its championship golf courses and newly remodeled tennis courts or just savor the dynamic dishes at its restaurants.
Now, there are more ways to join the club, whether you're part of a corporation looking to offer something extra for employees, a young executive, or a part of the Kingsmill legacy, i.e., young adults who are children of members.
Tony Nichols, who returned to Kingsmill last March as director of membership, says people think only residents can be members and enjoy privileges like unlimited access to three golf courses, use of the fitness center and pools, and a 20 percent discount on meals.
"You do not have to live here to be a member here," he says. "You can live anywhere in the world and be a member of the Club at Kingsmill.
Whether you play 50 rounds of golf per year or none, there’s a membership at Kingsmill that fits. Three types of membership — golf, sports, and social — provide access to different amenities, each with an initiation fee and monthly dues.
- Golf membership: It requires a $20,000 initiation fee and $566.50 in monthly dues. For that, members get unlimited play on the three courses, including the members-only Woods Course, unlimited range balls, free bag storage and access to all the sports facilities including tennis, fitness center, pools, and marina, plus the restaurants and spa as well as the 20 percent discount on meals, regular spa services, and retail purchases.
- Sports membership: It has a $10,000 initiation fee and $226.50 in monthly dues. Members get discounted rates on the River Course and Plantation Course, and access to all the sports facilities including tennis, fitness center, pools, and marina, plus the restaurants and spa as well as the 20 percent discount on meals, regular spa services, and retail purchases.
- Social membership: It starts with a $1,000 initiation fee and $78.50 monthly dues. That entitles social members access to the pools, spa, marina, and restaurants as well as the 20 percent discount on meals, regular spa services, and retail purchases.
For young executives ages 26-35, the initiation fees are cut in half for golf and sports memberships. Dues for golf members is $360 per month and for sports members it's $160 per month. Legacy members ages 26-35 pay no initiation fee, thanks to Mom and Dad. Their parents must be current members. Dues are $360 per month for golf members and $160 per month for sports members. There is no change in the price for social members for those categories.
Corporate memberships are customized so the initiation fees run from zero to $20,000.
Looking to enjoy the food and fun during the summer at the pools or the marina? There’s a plan for you. Do you want a premier golf course to impress clients or relax with co-workers? There’s a plan for you.
"We will create the membership a company needs for its employees," Nichols says.
Nichols, who spent five years at Kingsmill working in national sales from 2008-2012, says the new owner, Escalante Golf, has upgraded the offerings for members. During the fall, the River Course was closed for two weeks and over seeded with rye, meaning it will be green all winter long. "There is a conscious effort to make the golf courses playable — and green — all year long," says the former golf professional, "and to make them visually stunning. "
The tennis program has improved as well with the addition of Tomas Gonzalez, a former Chilean pro and collegiate player at Southern Illinois University, who has worked at the Philadelphia Country Club and the Country Club of Virginia. Gonzalez has implemented the ROGY — red, orange, green, yellow — program for youth tennis that makes courts different lengths, nets different heights, and uses different sized balls so children as young as 5 can begin playing.
All members have a calendar of events ranging from the Wine Club, which does tastings monthly, to special events like Kingsmill partnering with the Virginia Symphony for a special dinner and concert. If members want to get away from the kitchen during the holidays, Kingsmill has options. For example, the resort served 900 dinners for Thanksgiving last year.
"Our job," Nichols says, "is not only to provide you with the amenities, but to help you enjoy them."