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."
Feel the Beat
Sisters Renee Chapin and Stacy DeGrant have day jobs as a medical assistant and liquor store manager, but they wanted to do something more so they're going to "bring a full-on Zumba studio to Derby," Chapin says.
"That's where our passion is," she says. "We love dancing."
Feel the Beat will open June 13 at 1606 N. Nelson Drive in the Country Plaza center.
Chapin says there are a lot of fitness facilities that offer a range of activities, but she and her sister want to focus solely on Zumba in order to "have fun while working out."
"It feels like a party," Chapin says.
She doesn't like membership systems for clubs, so Chapin and DeGrant will offer punch cards for 10 or 20 visits.
They're having an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11 where they'll sell discounted punch cards.
They'll also have a meet-and-greet opportunity with instructors from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. They'll have free passes to hand out.
Chapin thinks others will come to feel the same as she and her sister do about Zumba being good exercise and great fun at the same time
"Before you know it, they've already worked out an hour and didn't even realize they were doing it."
You don't say
"Pretty soon we won't need to go to Wichita."
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