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Duke's Club Free Pass Plan - please rescind it.

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WE, the undersigned SBC members have been advised by some of our colleagues at the Club that non SBC members who join the “Duke’s Club” of Del Monte golf course (annual fee of $340.00) will, as part of their “Duke’s” privileges, be given at no extra charge four day passes to our SBC Club each year.

Moreover,  assuming that the Duke’s Club has at least 1,400 members, there may be at least  5,600 free day passes issued and ostensibly each free  pass will entitle the bearer to an unfettered access to all SBC facilities for which we currently pay two hundred forty-five dollars per month (almost THREE THOUSAND dollars per year, individual).  Members also pay an initiation fee, currently $18,000 which translates to almost 53 years of Duke’s Club membership.

We strongly object to this Duke’s Club Free Pass plan and request that management reconsider what we feel is an unwarranted and unfair (and arguably illegal) intrusion into our paid-for club benefits.

When we signed our Membership Agreement, we were led to believe that we were joining a private dues  paying club which facilities would be restricted to the paid membership (plus, of course, Resort Guests).  Additionally because of the express language of that Agreement as well as the “By-Laws” of the club to wit, Article II, Section 2 (purpose of operation is for “Members accepted for Membership”), Section 3 (another purpose is for patrons & guests of the PB Co. – saying nothing re outsider free use); Article III’s definition of “Member”; Article IV “Membership”; and Article VIII, Section 2 “Availability for Members”, it is our position that the express and implied intent of our Membership Agreement, and the Club By-Laws have, when read together, created a covenant of good faith and fair dealing which extends to the membership and that the Duke’s Club Free Pass plan to our Club violates that promise.

Accordingly, we request a written response setting forth your position re our protest .  And we request the new Duke’s Club Free Pass plan be rescinded.  We hope for an amicable resolution but will be prepared to further our protest if we cannot reach a just and speedy resolution.

We the undersigned, are dues paying members of Spanish Bay Club and protest the “Duke’s Club” Free Pass plan and request it be rescinded.

 



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