Yacht membership firm partners with aviation company

Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company, has partnered with Barton & Gray Mariners Club, a luxury yachting membership program based in Hampton Falls.

The strategic alliance between Wheels Up, of New York City, and Barton & Gray Mariners Club will provide members of each organization with reciprocal access to the other’s fleet, including Wheels Up’s exclusive fleet of “mission-appropriate” aircraft and Barton & Gray Mariners Club’s fleet of renowned Hinckley Yachts.

Kuldip Dhillon: Cirencester Park Polo Club will remain ‘one of the big three clubs’

Kuldip Dhillon, chairman of Cirencester Park Polo Club, moved from Cheshire in 1987, having played for the club initially, travelling south to a club he grew to love.

In recent years, Dhillon, whose son Satnam is a 6-goal player, has overseen important changes that needed to be made to a club which sits on a 3000-acre estate.

“Logistically, Cirencester has always been a more difficult venue because of the distance from London,” Dhillon says. “Not only from the point of view of players, who have to work in London, but also from sponsorship because the commercial centre of the UK is London and any sponsor who wants a day of polo generally would like to get their clients to the venue and back.

Hawaii Tourism Authority working with golf course company to lure Chinese golfers to isles

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has started working with a golf course membership company to bring high-spending Chinese golfers to Hawaii.

The tourism authority helped Pacific Links Hawaii work through the visa process for its members, bringing more than 500 golfers and their families to the islands, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1u0n58c) reported.

Micah Kane, chief operating officer for Pacific Links Hawaii, said he aims to host 200 to 300 Chinese players in Hawaii each month.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Britain’s Favorite Yacht Race

The 2015 Event is J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s 11th year as Title Sponsor and the 84th edition of this iconic yacht race.

The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the Race Partners for 2015: Dream Yacht Charter, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Old Pulteney, Raymarine, Volvo Car UK.

The 2015 Race strapline is ‘A Race for All’ with followers encouraged to tweet Race useds using the hashtag #raceforall.

The JetSetting Fashionista Visits The Soho House Chicago: Chicago’s Hottest New Member’s Club

As someone who’s been to a lot of Soho Houses including both London locations: The Soho House London and the Little House MayfairThe New York Soho House I was thrilled to visit the new Soho House Chicago. The Soho House Chicago is located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop.  You may recall that I’m a Chicago native (from a Northern suburb called Winnetka). During my visit home for Thanksgiving I joined an old friend Nora and her boyfriend Andrew (the Soho House member) for drinks at the new venue.

Women in the Golf Industry announces national Speakers Bureau

Women in the Golf Industry (WIGI), a leading business networking group for women in golf, will unveil the formation of the WIGI Speakers Bureau during the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL.

The first of its kind in the golf industry, the WIGI Speakers Bureau offers corporations and allied golf organizations a convenient way to access experts in various disciplines relating to business and golf.

6 Reasons Women Should Start Playing Golf Now

When it comes to mixing business with pleasure, golf has always been where it’s at.

As 20th century sports writer Grantland Rice once said “Eighteen holes of match or medal play will teach you more about your foe than will 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.”  An estimated 90% of Fortune 500 CEO’s play golf. According to Barrons, one quarter of the 25 million golfers in the U.S. are top management executives. The one problem is, not enough women are getting in on this great opportunity.

Contrary to popular belief, women have always played golf. The LPGA Tour is older than the PGA Tour. But the problem is the proportion of female players has barely budged since the 1980s, growing by about one percentage point to the 21% to 22% range, according to National Golf Foundation. Rounds played by women have consistently hovered at an even lower proportion of the total, about 17% (women play fewer rounds than men).

What’s keeping you from jumping in? Here are six reasons women should start playing golf NOW!

Top Management Changes Announced at Ocean Reef Club, Congressional CC

After 15 years as General Manager/COO of Congressional CC, Michael Leemhuis has moved to Ocean Reef Club to succeed Paul Astbury, who has retired. Congressional has named Jeffrey Kreafle as its new GM/COO; he will move from his current position at Bellerive CC to start at the Bethesda, Md., club April 1.

Boston’s best golf courses missing from 2024 Olympics bid

Questions abound about Boston’s readiness to host the 2024 Olympics — should it be tapped to do so — not the least of which is, where will Lydia Ko and her fellow Olympians play golf?

Boston, the U.S. city selected Thursday as the one that could stage the 2024 Olympic games, boasts a number of top golf courses. The problem is that, at this early stage of the process, none of them appears to be in the running to host potential Olympians Lydia Ko, Cheyenne Woods, or Rickie Fowler.