With the Clubs of Cordillera Ranch
I recall a conversation with my father during my junior year of college when I tried to explain to him what a career in recreation and leisure services was all about. He was a traditional blue collar man and it was difficult for him to grasp what had led me to pursue my chosen field of study. I attempted to educate him on how important it is for people to have avenues to re-create themselves, spend time in the outdoors and reconnect with nature and how important leisure is to living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. He was a golfer and thoroughly enjoyed fishing and ultimately connected the dots to understand that professionals were involved in providing these opportunities for others.
A very rewarding aspect of working in the club business and particularly at Cordillera Ranch is traveling with our members. I’m currently organizing two golf outings for our members in the Fall. The first trip will be primarily a men’s group as we travel to Firestone in Akron, Ohio to play three golf courses at this storied venue. In 1915, Harvey Firestone purchased 1,000 acres of farmland south of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company factory as part of a plan to provide his employees and their families’ with houses, schools, churches, a public park – all within proximity to work. Mr. Firestone created the community around a public park shaped like the original Firestone emblem.
Today, the entire community is considered a historic landmark along with its Firestone Country Club, Firestone Stadium and Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Park. In 2013, the Club marks its 60th consecutive year of tournament golf. Firestone has hosted three PGA Championships and is currently the home of the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational.
Our second trip this Fall will be a trip to the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Our group from Cordillera Ranch will walk in the footsteps of legends as we play the beautifully groomed fairways and fast greens that have inspired championship play at PGA National since its opening in 1981. Decades of dramatic PGA Senior Championships, the dynamic Ryder Cup, and years of exciting PGA Honda Classic challenges have made PGA National the premier host of many of golf’s most memorable moments and famous players.
In addition to world class golf, the resort offers a remarkable Spa operation. A four-year, $100-million-dollar, resort-wide renovation rejuvenated the look of the PGA spa, though our possibilities for pure tranquility remain. They have a full-service spa and salon presenting more than 100 ways to indulge. Our members will find all of the body and beauty treatments you’d expect from a luxury spa and plenty of surprises here, too – including treatments based on Waters of the World mineral pools, therapies rooted in global healing practices, exclusive services bearing names like Phytomer and Dr. Obaji, and experiences inspired by a paradise setting – such as the Sea Water Pearl Ritual.
Join us on the Cordillera Ranch Signature vacations and experience a great get-a-way with your fellow members and neighbors of Cordillera Ranch.