On My Way To Promontory Ranch Club

Posted by Promontory

Jun 14, 2016 1:28:18 PM

I’m Chuck Cary, and I invite you to join my journey in and around Promontory Ranch Club in Park City, Utah.

I looked down on the Salt Lake valley as my plane was landing, and to the east I could see the towering and majestic Wasatch range shimmering in the mid-day sun. Today, I was meeting Francis Najafi and Rich Sonntag at Promontory Ranch Club – located just across from picturesque Park City, Utah, a scenic mountain town nestled into the verdant, pine-covered, lower slopes of the Wasatch – and I couldn’t wait to get there! Read more....

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Top Things To Do At Promontory In Park City For 2016:

Posted by Promontory

May 14, 2016 6:15:31 PM


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The magical town of Park City is undoubtedly one of the most diverse destinations to be found when it comes to adventure and activities! You can spend a few hours on amazing mountain golf courses, revel in a few hours in beautiful waters catching trout, saddle up and ride a horse or grab a racket or toss a tennis ball on Center Court.
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What’s more, all of these activities occur on the breathtaking landscape of Promontory and the majestic Park City setting. Here’s a roundup of what you can enjoy this summer when it comes to golfing, fishing, horseback riding and tennis:

Promontory Golf in Park City: Ever wanted to golf and catch an incredible view at the same time? Maybe see a few mountains? We have you covered.  Promontory is one of the few places you can golf surrounded by rolling hills, canyons and mountains, and on some of the most well-kept greens in the country.

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There are two famous courses here at Promontory. We are proud to feature the Pete Dye Canyon Course, by one of the most influential and creative golf course designers. It has 7,700 yards of incredible greens and landscape with four sets of tees. Both expert and average players enjoy the course, and this course tends to be a little more forgiving if you’re not a scratch player.

But Promontory wasn’t done with just one course -- Jack Nicklaus had one of the best golf course design opportunities of his life while designing the Painted Valley Course at Promontory. It’s a fascinating 8,098-yard course, tucked in the hills of the Snyderville Valley. To play this course, you must be a member or be accompanied by a Promontory Member. 

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Golf Digest has ranked the Painted Valley Course # 2 and the Dye # 3 in Utah and Promontory’s courses consistently garner accolades from golfers each year.

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Park City Fly Fishing:The nearby Provo River is one of the top blue ribbon fly-fishing waters in North America. People flock to the area because the fishing is remarkable, the views are gorgeous and it’s pretty easy to reach the river from Park City, the epicenter of local activity and culture.

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The Weber River area is another another premier blue ribbon fly-fishing spot. It’s banks are surrounded by more private land, so you need to make sure you know where you’re going before you start fishing just anywhere. And, that leads me to the Promontory Outfitter, the expert for all things outdoors!

One of the best Promontory amenities is the Outfitter’s Cabin, where you can be outfitted with the right gear, supplies and instruction you need to enjoy any number of activities. Our professional Outfitter will make sure you have what you need for your adventure, along with the expertise and knowledge you need to make the most of your outdoor experience. 

Want to test your gear or instruction first? Head out to the Outfitter’s Pond where you can relax and enjoy waters stocked with plenty of fish. Get a handle on your rod to make sure you’re ready for fly-fishing in of the great waters around Park City.

Once you’re ready, you can head out to some of the best rivers, especially for catching trout. The Provo River and down Provo Canyon are some of the best spots anywhere. These waters can be fished all year long, so don’t worry about timing. Make sure to ask our Promontory Outfitter about the best watering holes along the waters to guarantee you find a great spot and the catch of a lifetime.


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Promontory Horseback Riding In Park City:

Promontory boasts one of the best equestrian centers in the area, with plentiful horseback riding amenities. If you have never ridden, you can start by taking lessons and to get used to the technique and feel of riding.

Once you’re comfortable, you can mosey out through Promontory’s 7,200 acres of beautiful hills and valleys. Saddle up for to enjoy the best rides of your life through the Utah countryside.

If you have or want your own horse, rest assured that your four legged friend will get first rate treatment at Promontory with a private horse stable. Our Equestrian Center has heated stalls, washing and grooming areas, and a private lounge, too.

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Whether you’re ready to start horseback riding and want to get some more experience, or you’re a seasoned veteran who wants a great place for you horse, Promontory has everything you need.

 

Promontory Tennis In Park City:

Whatever your age, you can enjoy plenty of tennis at Promontory. If you already have a grasp on the game and your skills, simply book a court online and start playing.

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If you’d like to acquire tennis skills or polish the skills you already have, then you can join either an adult or junior tennis program. Get the training and teaching time you need to up your game and slice the ball with more accuracy.

Programs provide on-court instruction so you can learn more about the game and how to achieve the best technique, along with situational match play points. This is a great way to get out, get active and meet some new friends, too.

You can also schedule pro tennis lessons for one-on-one attention and assistance. Our pros will help you get an even greater grasp on the game and technique. Private lessons are a sure way to improve faster and enjoy the game even more.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Visit www.PromontoryClub.com  and see for yourself all there is to do in the great outdoors of in Park City, Utah.



 

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Ski Tips from Promontory's Outfitter-Sean Smith

Posted by Rachel Rehfield

Feb 8, 2016 5:31:00 PM


Promontory Outfitter Sean Smith is the best Park City guide to all your outdoor adventures. A Utah native, Sean will provide you with all the outdoor tips you need to explore the breathtaking trails and terrain of Promontory and the surrounding majestic Wasatch Range!

Sean’s Ski Tips

Step 1: “Ski over your feet.” Keep your weight over the balls of your feet with your knees bent, hands strong in front, eyes up, chest up, and keep a sturdy stance over your skis.

Step 2: In powder, remember to keep your weight “light and tall,” making the transition from left to right much easier, to keep you on top of the snow. Lean back ever so slightly to help keep your ski tips floating.

Step 3: Vision! Keep your eyes up and pick your path. This is especially helpful in the trees; look at your line, don’t look at the trees. Your skis will go where your eyes tell them.

Step 4: Pick the most direct line down the slope. Don’t fight the fall line; pick the most direct route you feel comfortable skiing and let gravity do the work.

Enjoy the ‘greatest snow on earth’ and then kick back at the Promontory Alpine Lodge – there’s nothing better!

 

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Keep Ancient Halloween Traditions Alive This Year

Posted by Promontory

Oct 27, 2015 12:07:15 PM

According to historians, the holiday of Halloween is derived from an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain and was held to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Ancient Gaelic people believed that on the evening of October 31, the worlds of the living and the dead would converge. . Masks and costumes were worn to imitate or appease the evil spirits of the deceased.

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For children, the earliest recorded instance to go door-to-door wearing costumes and asking for either treats or else to play a trick on the unsuspecting neighbor in North America was in 1911. The phrase “trick or treat” emerged in the 1930s, and as the custom received attention from magazines, television, and even Walt Disney in the middle of the century, the custom grew even more popular. This year, CNN reports, Americans will spend $6.9 billion on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween.

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Carved pumpkins or jack-o’-lanterns originally evolved from turnip lanterns. In the 1800s in England, children would carry turnip lanterns door-to-door while they begged for biscuits or “soul cakes”, recited prayers and sang songs to honor the dead during the first two days of November forAll Saints and All Souls Days. By the end of the century, the children took to carving faces in the lanterns, a practice that evolved into the great pumpkin carving tradition that is now associated with Halloween.

In Park City, Halloween has its traditions, too. Parents bring their costumed children and pets to Main Street between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Halloween night as merchants dispense tasty treats to all of the little witches and goblins. At 4:30 p.m., families with pups, on their leash and in costume, meet at the Post Office to prepare for the annual “Howl-O-Ween” Pet Parade that takes place from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. and ceremoniously strolls down Main to 9th Street. After you experience, all that Park City has to offer, start your own Halloween family tradition in the beautiful fall setting at Promontory Club.

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Halloween In Park City

Posted by Promontory

Oct 21, 2015 2:01:09 PM

Halloween on Historic Park City's Main Street has been named one of the top Halloween celebrations in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine and with good reason! When you combine two and four-legged costumed creatures with gourmet treats and maybe a few tricks, you have a one-of-a-kind celebration.

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As we prepare for this spook-tacular holiday, we have a few suggestions to help you and your trick-or-treaters prepare for frightfully good time.

On October 31st, Park City’s Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic at 1:30 p.m. If your car is on Main Street and you get a call from police dispatch, it is no trick. Please move your car by 1:30 p.m.

• Parking may be challenging, so plan accordingly.  

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• Please access Main Street via China Bridge lot from Marsac Avenue. We recommend considering satellite parking at City Park.  Children are welcome to hop on the bus to access Main Street. Four-legged friends will need to walk to Main Street on a leash. Help your pups burn off some of their energy before the festivities.  Due to federal or municipal? regulations, dogs are not allowed on Park City public transportation.

• The Trolley will run up Swede Alley for the duration of the event which ends at 7:00 p.m.

• 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Trick-or-treating for children up and doing Main Street.

• 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Howl-O-Ween Dog Party!! Howl-oween is for everyone, so come one, come all to a one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration for the pups. Bring your costumed doggie (on a leash please) to the party from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

• 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Main Street will reopen to vehicular traffic.

Come and join the Halloween fun and see what makes Park City such a favorite with ghouls and goblins, too!

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Autumn Adventures within Promontory

Posted by Promontory

Oct 15, 2015 8:53:15 AM

The leaves are yellow, orange and red, the morning air is crisp, and warming afternoons reflect Autumn at Promontory, Park City Utah.

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Near the Outfitter’s Cabin, a group of adults and children gather with their binoculars and cameras to head out into the  color brush, listening and looking for one of the many species of birds found on Promontory’svast acreage. In coordination with Swaner Eco Center experts, the group is ready and prepared to see the indigenous birds of Fall. 

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Gone are the busy chirps of nest building and new hatchings. Now, the sounds are rustles, coos and calls.   Great Horned Owls, though silent, can be seen with the trained eye, as they camouflage themselves against the aspen bark. Magpies and Ravens, still busy with their sounds, alert those walking the trails that birds are still among us. A feathered group known as a  banditry of chickadee, can be seen in the brush and in abandoned hollowed spaces. Bird watchers might see red tail hawk and turkey vultures. While hawk’s flight is smooth and silent, the turkey vulture flight is a little erratic above, but nonetheless, a skilled flyer.

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Whether you walk or bike the trails, discover our terrain.  Spanning more than 30 + miles, there is so much to discover this fall. Hear it, see it and discover it at Promontory in Park City, Utah.     

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Promontory Annual Elk Migration in Full Swing

Posted by Promontory

Oct 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Besides the beautiful colors of the Aspens, a sure sign of fall at Promontory is the annual elk migration.  Seeking a more hospitable climate and available food sources, elk—a relative of the deer and moose—move down from higher elevations when leaves start to turn.  Autumn is also mating or “rutting” season when the bull elk put on displays of male bravado that can be spectacular to watch.

Elk are native to the Great Plains,” notes Lieutenant Bruce Johnson of the Utah Division of Wildlife. Famed explorers Lewis and Clark wrote about elk sightings along the present-day Kansas-Nebraska border in the early 1800s.By the 1950s, a few elk had migrated to Utah. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, the population began advancing,” Johnson adds.  

“Elk are very adaptable. They have stomachs that allow them to graze on grass and browse on brush. They are a taller, bigger animal able to push through the deeper snow and cover a lot of ground,” Johnson explains.  On the other hand, their large size and thick coats make them vulnerable to heat, hence their seasonal move to lower elevations for food, water, and mating only after temperatures begin to fall.

Rutting behavior can be pure entertainment.  A male elk gathers cows and calves into a harem. A mature bull can collect between five and twenty cows, while a younger bull may round up only one or two. Bulls wallow in mud to coat themselves with urine to attract cows. They make a sound called a “bugle” to summon females and to intimidate other males. Some bulls challenge the authority of other males and engage in violent battles.

Lt. Johnson advises elk watchers to play it safe and view the spectacle from a distance with binoculars or long-range camera lenses. Getting too close could anger a bull and cause him to charge. Johnson also warns Promontory residents to avoid feeding the elk. “Their stomachs contain enzymes that are matched to their environment. If they eat food that they cannot digest, they can become dehydrated and die,” he says.

Members who experience problems with the elk can call the UTiP hotline at 1-800-662-deer or call the Summit County Sherriff’s Office and request assistance from a wildlife officer.

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Cabins, the New American Dream

Posted by Promontory

Sep 18, 2015 3:27:00 PM

"NOBILITY OF SOUL and humble dwellings have long been linked in American mythology. Abe Lincoln was born in a frontier cabin, which set him up for a life of austere virtue; Thoreau stole away to a similar abode to discover his true place in the cosmos; and the family of Laura Ingalls Wilder perfected the art of endurance in its little house on the prairie. In more recent times, revolutionary innovators have repaired to obscure garages to chase their dreams and bring forth marvels of personal computing. Bigger may be better in America, but smaller is purer and more inspiring."

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"According to legend, the cabin and the shack are ideal launchpads for remarkable lives, but lately they’ve become homes to aspire to — particularly for overburdened types whose acquisitive binging has made them want to purge. Beginning in the late 1990s and tracking, approximately, the rise of the Internet, the so-called Tiny House movement has promoted the bracing, old romance of scaled-down living in miniature spaces. Sarah Susanka’s 1998 book, ‘‘The Not So Big House,’’ is widely hailed as the movement’s founding text, but the aesthetic that it celebrated — intimate, sustainable — has spawned a minor industry through programs on HGTV and websites such as tinyliving.com, which have transformed the movement from an architectural phenomenon (a tiny house is generally a dwelling of under 500 square feet) into a broader, philosophical venture that offers homespun remedies for practically all that ails us as a people. Driven mad by status anxiety? Addled by technology? Bankrupted by consumerism? Then shrink your footprint. Go minimalist. Get free. The Tiny House movement is Woodstock-in-a-bottle, a way to get back to the garden."

trapper_fireplace-smaller-2"Because the home-owning American Dream, even in its miniature variant, isn’t solely a thing of nails and lumber but of fantasies and visions, you’re far more likely to spot a tiny house in a photo than on a plot of land. The knowingly titled new volume ‘‘Cabin Porn’’ is the latest in an endless series of lavish pictorial tributes to Hobbit-style habitations; a new one seems to be published every month. (More trees have likely died producing these expensive books on inexpensive living than in the construction of a thousand cabins.)"

"The story behind the book is worth repeating because it captures the essence of the movement, which mingles a hunger for the primitive with fashionable, Silicon-era savvy. The book began as a popular Tumblr blog, visited by millions, whose creator, Zach Klein, also co-founded the online video sharing service Vimeo. Klein’s interest in a life less large stems from his participation in Beaver Brooka utopian collaborative project located in the forests of New York state and based around a collection of rough-hewn structures conducive to elemental, authentic consciousness. ‘‘I’d spent six years in the city building online communities, and now I wanted to build one offline,’’ he writes in the book’s introduction. ‘‘Specifically, a place for a bunch of friends to be outdoors, somewhere we could be less preoccupied by our professions and more reliant on each other.’’ In these two sentences, Klein hits on all the major tropes — yearning, enterprise and idealism — that make cabins so desirable."

"The Hero’s Journey on a shoestring — that is the classic tiny living narrative. After finding a patch of weedy acreage, the protagonists (they usually come in pairs) buckle down for a stint of hard labor in the hot sun. They often use recycled or salvaged materials to fashion their retreat. This not only helps the planet heal, it heals the spirits of the builders, who are happier, better, stronger people when their rescued-from-scrap front door is finally hung. The construction supplies and furnishings are invariably as low in cost as the ideals of the builders are high. And yet, for some the trend has nothing to do with traditional thrift; instead, it answers a hunger for Zen purity and quasi-monastic simplicity. The truth is, without a modicum of success and career-preoccupation, this life would look a bit like poverty — like the rural existence people have struggled for so long to escape. The desire to have not is a desire of the haves."

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"The kitchen of a restored 1950s cottage finished with natural pine, from the book "Rock the Shack." Credit Rasmus Norlander, Johannes Norlander Architects, from "Rock the Shack," Gestalten Publishers, 2013 Tiny living (a gentle, left-leaning alternative to hard-edged right-wing survivalism) is a way for people who are already slim to go on dieting. In both its real and imaginary versions, but especially in the latter, it’s invigorating and clarifying. Lack of closet space concentrates the mind, challenging us to reflect on our priorities, or develop some if we don’t have any. In my own life, I’ve noticed in recent years that the pleasures of divestiture — of carting stuff off to the thrift store or the dump — far exceed the pleasures of acquisition. When I see a photo of a clever loft space perched above a compact, TV-free living room with a cool kitchenette in the corner and views of pine trees, I drift off into an alternate existence where smartphones and antacids have no hold over me."

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"Is any of this new? Of course not. Back in the 1930s, during the Depression, the businessman and tinkerer Wally Byam founded a company called Airstream. Its signature product, a streamlined RV, was a miracle of miniaturization promising freedom and self-reliance. ‘‘I’m here today and gone tomorrow/ I drive away from care and sorrow,’’ reads a vintage postcard from the era that depicts a grumpy bill collector gazing after a departing trailer hitched to a car whose driver wears a huge grin. But Byam’s goals for his homes on wheels weren’t merely escapist; he truly believed that his trailers could save the world, or at least substantially improve it. He organized caravans of the vehicles with the intention, similar to Zach Klein’s, of fostering understanding and togetherness and building, what we now call ‘‘community.’’ Humble spaces, smiling faces — that was the general notion. And it endures. The American Dream is like that. You think it has receded, that it has died, but really, it’s only downsized."

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For more information on all of the cabins at Promontory please contact our Promontory Sales Team at 435-333-4600.

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Kirk, Walter. "Cabins, the New American Dream" New York Times Magazine. New York Times, 15 September 2015. Web. 17 September 2015. <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/t-magazine/cabin-homes-new-american-dream.html>.

 

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Promontory's Escher Villa Featured in Park City Area Showcase of Homes

Posted by Promontory

Sep 9, 2015 1:50:00 PM

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“Mountain Modern” is a term that insiders at Promontory Club use to describe the handsome, airy comportment of the Escher Cabins. The Escher model was open to visitors and spectators of the Park City Area Showcase of Homes this past Labor weekend. Built just steps from the striking new Nicklaus Clubhouse, the Escher is every bit as modern as it is traditional, offering a unique perspective of the surrounding landscape and bathed in natural light.

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It’s even a bit tongue and cheek to refer to the Escher model as a “cabin.” With a highly functional floor plan, 4,100 square feet of space, a modern, gourmet kitchen, and four bedrooms, it’s much more than a hillside bungalow. The windows are a spectacular digital canvas of nature: sweeping, colorful, and ever changing. There’s simply no way to take your eyes off of the view once inside the Escher. Chris Messick of Sotheby’s International Realty noted, “If you want a view, you can get one from every room.” 

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Those who attended the Showcase of Homes got the insiders view of the creative monument, literally. The event is designed to showcase the best work of the area’s luxury homebuilders. While some models are already sold, those featured represent the crème de la crème of architecture, materials, and locations reflective of Park City. Although the Showcase may be over our Nicklaus Villa models are still on display. For more information please contact our Promontory Sales Team at 435-333-4600.

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Mountain Town Music

Posted by Promontory

Aug 17, 2015 4:49:00 PM

 

deer-valley-concert-seriesMusic in the mountains is highly valued and encouraged in the charming town of Park City. The beautiful environment lends itself to a variety of outdoor concerts held in amphitheaters. Spectators enjoy the fresh mountain air and nature’s gorgeous backdrop of the great outdoors. Park City offers free concerts held throughout the week at various locations, providing locals and visitors a chance to listen to music every night of the week. “Big Stars, Bright Nights” is hosted by St. Regis and Deer Valley Concerts and bring top talent for every music lover.

barbecue-84671_640Not to be outdone, Promontory presents its own Friday Night Summer Concert Series. The Shed Amphitheatre is the perfect place to meet their friends and neighbors, avoid large crowds and enjoy the special and intimate setting. Promontory Members find that the Friday night concert series in their very own backyard is atrue favorite of the summer season. Members can bring their own picnic basket or simply savor the fareprovided by Promontory chefs. The range of gourmet finger foods and delicious appetizers feature slow-grilled pork shoulder or seafood boil with jumbo shrimp! With a full bar and friendly service from the Promontory staff, Members just sit back and enjoy the music in the open air. Kid’s play together in the grass and enjoysundae treats with toppings that even parents can’t resist.

This year, Promontory presents local bands and a few popular tribute bands selected to play such as The Flynnstones, George T Gregory Band, Sin City Soul and Darrin Caine. Friday Concerts begin at 6 p.m. through the end of August. For more information, contact the Promontory Concierge for the most up to date information. Or, for your convenience, you can visit our website www.PromontoryClub.com.

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