WICHITA — Willowbend Golf Club and Genesis Health Clubs have a new partnership to share services among their members.
"They were looking to add golf to their repertoire," says Jim Elliott, Willowbend's general manager. "So we sat down and started brainstorming. It wasn't exactly the easiest thing to put together, but we pounded through it."
Willowbend members will now be able to pay their same monthly membership dues and use any Genesis club for no extra charge.
Memberships at Willowbend cost $241 a month or, for members under 40, $174 a month.
Genesis members now have the option to join Willowbend at a reduced rate. They can subtract what they're paying to Genesis from the monthly dues at Willowbend.
"For years (we've) been wanting to give our members the option to have golf as part of their memberships," says Joe Oxler, manager for the Rock Road Genesis.
Willowbend co-owner Rod Nuckolls says it's a unique arrangement in Wichita, though it's becoming popular elsewhere.
"There's kind of a trend around the country where the health clubs are becoming kind of golf-connected as well," he says.
Nuckolls is pleased that Willowbend members now will have access to tennis courts, pools and workout facilities at no extra charge.
Oxler says it makes sense for Willowbend and Genesis.
"It's going to attract new members for both businesses," he says. "It was just a perfect marriage."