In January 2015, The Houstonian Club began its thirty fifth year of serving the upscale Houston fitness crowd. While a health club’s thirty-year anniversary may not be unique, it is certainly not an everyday occurrence. The factors that have helped The Club grow to about 5,800 Memberships may provide beneficial insights.
The Houstonian Club started selling Memberships in 1978, and when it opened in January 1980, a health club in a 125,000 square foot building was decidedly not commonplace. (In fact, the original Club operators had The Club designed so that it could be converted to a two-story office building, if the new mega-health club concept failed.) From the very beginning, The Houstonian Club exhibited innovation. Some current examples: all of The Club’s 240 weekly Group Fitness classes have been designed by the Group Exercise, Fitness and Aquatics staff. In 2010 the Club added a second underground parking facility, so every Member could have more covered parking and we christened a new 50,000 square foot indoor tennis facility, the only indoor courts in the immediate area. Innovation is crucial in building and maintaining a competitive edge.
The Club has always operated with the understanding that people will only accept elite pricing if elite service and products are delivered. This was never truer than when, in 1992, The Club was purchased (along with the adjacent Houstonian Hotel & Spa). Demanding the highest standards from its affiliate companies and personnel set a course of quality and continuous improvement. Club Members expect all areas of The Club – programming, activities, facilities, services – to be superior to any club in the area.
When The Club opened in 1980, its operators planned to have a relatively small number of Members, so the staff could concentrate on providing a level of service comparable to the country’s finest private clubs. Although The Club now has a rather large number of Members, the policy of unparalleled service has never changed. From the early 1990s, when Club staff participated in several years of Stephen Covey-based training, to present day, when the staff (at all levels) continually engages in service seminars and dialogs, service to the Member is paramount. Almost all the Members (1,800+ each day) are greeted by name when they enter The Club. All four wet areas are continually staffed to ensure Member satisfaction. Many employees have 25+-year careers at The Club, and throughout The Club, Members are smiling and generally fit. All these are tangible examples of the level of service The Houstonian Club provides.
The Houstonian Club’s operators plan to continue raising the bar in the areas of innovation, values and service. In every industry, there is always one company at the top, and in Houston, Texas, it’s The Houstonian Club.
Provides complete dining, social and athletic use of The Houstonian Club. Resident Members enjoy exclusive use of the Resident Member Locker Rooms, Resident Member Workout Room and Gated Resident Parking Areas.
Note: Dependents under age 21 are not permitted in Resident areas unless accompanied by a parent.
Voyagers (70+) Resident Membership
All the benefits of a Resident Membership for those who are 70 years of age or older.
Provides complete dining, social, and athletic use of The Houstonian Club, excluding designated Resident Member areas.
Junior Associate Membership
Junior Associate Membership provides all the benefits of an Associate Membership for those who are age 23-29.
Note: Junior Associate Memberships are available for those who are ages 21-29. The balance of the Initiation Fee is due on or before the Member’s 35th birthday or Membership is no longer valid. If the balance is paid on or before the Member’s 30th birthday, the balance due will be $7,500. If the balance is paid after the Member’s 30th birthday, but before the Member’s 35th birthday, the balance due will be based upon the prevailing Initiation Fee at the time the balance is paid. In order to convert a Junior Associate Membership (Individual or Couple) to a Family Membership,the balance of the Initiation Fee plus $3,000 is required.
Voyagers (70+) Associate Membership
All the benefits of an Associate Membership for those who are 70 years of age or older.
Houstonian Club Legacy Memberships are available for Current Members’ children ages 25-29. In order to qualify for a Legacy Membership, the child must have been listed as a dependent on the parents’ Membership. The dependent may purchase either an Associate Legacy Membership or a Resident Legacy Membership. Memberships may also be purchased before a child’s 25th birthday.
Legacy Members have all the rights and privileges of either Associate or Resident Members. The Initiation Fee is reduced by 30% of the fees in effect when the Legacy Membership is purchased. 5% financing available with the exception of Junior Memberships and Legacy Memberships.
Legacy Membership: Ages 25 Dues Only Option
When a dependent turns 25, that dependent may elect to pay individual Associate monthly dues (if the Membership is for an Individual, not a Couple or Family) and no Initiation Fee until the dependent’s 26th birthday. At that point, the dependent must pay the reduced Legacy Initiation Fee and continue paying monthly dues. The Initiation Fee, dues and discount percentage will be based upon the Legacy Membership procedures and policies that are in effect on the Legacy Member’s 26th birthday.
Note: All initiation fees and dues are subject to applicable taxes, which are in addition to said initiation fees and dues. Initiation fees are subject to change without notice. Financing plans are available for all Initiation Fees.
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