UC Green Juice Now at the Club

Now available in the McGregor Lounge between 7:30am-2:00pm, is Chef Nicolas’ latest creation – UC Green Juice! What exactly is “UC Green Juice”, you ask?

UC Green Juice is great for a healthy morning or afternoon snack! Ingredients and health benefits are as follows:

APPLE: helps with weight loss; facilitates digestion; lowers cholesterol; controls blood sugar; improves eyesight.

CELERY: a great source of important antioxidants; helps to reduce inflammation; supports digestion; rich in vitamins.

LEMON: promotes hydration; good source of vitamin C; supports weight loss; aids digestion; freshens breath.

GINGER: a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant; treats nausea; reduces muscle pain; treats chronic indigestion.

KALE: packed with vitamins and nutrients; promotes bone health; protects the heart; supports eye health.

TURMERIC: reduces inflammation; helps with heart disease and cholesterol; improves liver and thyroid functions.

Only $9.00 for a 500ml bottle, including the glass bottle. To order your bottle, please visit any server or bartender in the McGregor Lounge.

Top Wellness Retreats to Check Out Now

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Around the world, “wellness” has become the buzzword of choice for hotels courting a global audience of yogis, fitness fanatics, and stressed-out workaholics in need of some serious R&R. From Arizona to the Alps, these 11 hotels and resorts are getting the well-being trend right, and prove that a good wellness retreat is more than just au courant—it’s downright transformative. Say “om,” and read on for the best wellness resorts to check out now.

Mii amo, Sedona, Arizona

Mii amo, Sedona, Arizona

In Arizona’s enticingly named Valley of the Sun, Sedona has a clutch of high-end destination spas that draw travelers from both coasts. Mii amo, an adobe and stone sanctuary within Enchantment Resort, is among the best, with customizable, expert-led wellness itineraries—or “journeys”—lasting three, four, or seven nights. Daily meals, emphasizing locally sourced grains, produce, and meats, are included and served al fresco with the famously red rocks of Sedona looming above. Come evening, guests (who have included the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow) can indulge in signature cocktails—something of a rarity for a wellness retreat. Be sure to check out Mii time, a series of themed presentations and retreats, like introductions to chakras, reiki, and sound healing.

BodyHoliday All-Inclusive, Gros Islet, St. Lucia

BodyHoliday All-Inclusive, Gros Islet, St. Lucia

Wellness and fitness meet pure relaxation under the Caribbean sun at the all-inclusive BodyHoliday, where guests can tailor activities to be as intensive (or not) as they want—from morning sweats in hard-core exercise classes to afternoons spent sipping fresh coconut water on a float in the sea (the staff will swim out to you with refills). For those who want something in between, Ashtanga yoga and chanting meditation sessions offer restorative balance while complimentary daily spa treatments like full-body massages and facials are not to be missed. The resort recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a multi-million-dollar renovation that revitalized the resort’s renowned Wellness Centre and added a new sushi counter and juice bar, where you can cheers to your health with a shot of turmeric or greens.

Six Senses Duxton, Singapore

Six Senses Duxton, Singapore

Six Senses has wellness resorts all over the world, set in famed relaxation havens like Fiji and Courchevel. The brand expanded its health-minded philosophy into cities for the first time with the debut of Six Senses Duxton in central Singapore’s historic Chinatown. The 49-room hotel comprises a collection of colonial-era trading houses, whose rich blend of Malay, Chinese, and European influences have been faithfully restored under the helm of designer Anouska Hempel. Guests have access to the hotel’s on-staff traditional Chinese doctor, who is available for health tips, readings, and dispensing medicinal herbs.

LUX* Grand Gaube, Mauritius

LUX* Grand Gaube, Mauritius

On its own peninsula along the northern coast of Mauritius, Lux* Grand Gaube reopened after a $32 million, tip-to-toe renovation from designer Kelly Hoppen. The locally owned resort—something of a rarity amongst five-star properties in Africa—features nearly 2.5 acres of land dedicated to wellness. That’s more than enough space for 11 calming treatment rooms, a massive fitness center, three pools, an aromatic steam room, sauna, hairdressing salon, and a nail station from Essie. Guests can wile away the hours undisturbed under the banyan trees at one of two beaches, or partake in fitness classes, ranging from yoga and meditation to high-energy cardio workouts.

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Miami Beach

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Miami Beach

Miami Beach may be more famous as a high-energy party hot spot than as a meditative mecca, but Carillon Hotel, in the relative seclusion of Miami’s North Beach, paints a different story. Fresh off a $10 million renovation, its ocean-view spa and wellness center comes in at a staggering 70,000 square-feet. (To put that into perspective, an American football field is just over 57,000 square-feet.) Inside the veritable temple to wellbeing, guests can expect more than 200 weekly classes, a two-story climbing wall, a fleet of cardio equipment, and several pools, all attended by a small army of staff, including nutritionists and acupuncturists.

The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

Originally built as housing for Kohler factory workers in Wisconsin in 1918, the Tudor-style American Club became a resort in the 1980s and has been one of the Midwest’s leading wellness destinations ever since. The renowned hotel welcomes visitors to championship golf courses, fine dining, and sumptuously-appointed rooms—with fittingly luxe bathrooms. As for spa time, travelers can enjoy legendary water-inspired offerings, like the signature lavender rain therapy, which exfoliates, cleanses, and moisturizes the body.

Waldhaus Flims Wellness Resort, Switzerland

Waldhaus Flims Wellness Resort, Switzerland

In the Swiss Alps, Waldhaus Flims has been a luxurious spa retreat for European dignitaries since the mid-19th century. In 2016, the Belle Epoque resort shuttered its doors for a complete overhaul, to the tune of $40 million. Refurbished rooms honor the hotel’s heritage with natural woods, ornate furnishings, and original details. The 32,000-square-foot spa, on the other hand, is entirely modern. After a day hiking the numerous trails nearby, relax your muscles with a dip in one of the resort’s sleek pools—there’s one indoor, encased in glass, another outdoor, surrounded by stone walls—or indulge in a full body hammam treatment.

COMO Metropolitan, London, UK

COMO Metropolitan, London, UK

You don’t need to escape to the country or the seaside to enhance your well-being. At COMO Metropolitan London, situated in Mayfair between Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, wellness takes center stage. Natural light floods the zen-like guest rooms, and the hotel’s Shambhala Urban Escape spa has resident experts in energy healing, chi balancing, reflexology, and even counseling. They can help guests see their lives through a new lens—all between a morning shopping excursion and an evening at the theater. Even business meetings at the hotel are health bent thanks to a program that incorporates the spa’s menu of restorative meals and juices into events on property.

Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, India

Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, India

In the Punjabi forests of northern India, outside of Chandigarh, Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa opened as the brand’s first wellness destination retreat in late 2016. Last winter, the resort unveiled its spa, with Mughal-inspired design elements like reflecting fountains and courtyards. Ayurvedic treatments dominate the menu of programs, which range from one day to three weeks in length. The physician-led retreats include daily consultations, mindfulness activities, herbal applications, and yoga, often on an idyllic east-facing platform overlooking the morning sun through the trees. Another popular treatment is the hydrotherapy circuit in the resort’s Roman-inspired bath complex. Come nighttime, guests make their way to their rooms, done in soothing tones. Many take the form of tented villas, with teak floors and private pool terraces, perfect for an evening swim.

Rosewood Phuket, Thailand

Rosewood Phuket, Thailand

On a hillside along the Andaman Sea’s Emerald Bay sits Rosewood Phuket‘s 71 airy villas and pavilions. Centuries-old banyan trees dot the property, which centers around nearly 2,000 feet of pristine beachfront. You’ll also find Asaya, Rosewood’s all-encompassing wellness program. In the spa, alternative therapies like reiki and sound therapy take center stage. Some treatments, including a salt scrub detox with volcanic clay wrap, last an indulgent four hours. For a truly transformative experience, guests can sign up for two-week programs, from high-intensity boot camps to inner peace workshops.

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos

A favorite for Caribbean-bound nature lovers, Amanyara enjoys a prime spot on the undeveloped western shores of Providenciales island. It’s surrounded by parkland on all sides, including a marine park offshore. Surfing, snorkeling, and wildlife-focused eco-hikes are common activities—that is once you manage to leave your lounger along the half-mile of beach. The resort’s spa, set amidst mangroves and surrounding a tranquil pond, has an outdoor yoga deck and five open-air pavilions—one for lounging, four for treatments. Last year, the resort introduced wellness experiences designed specifically for families. Think mother/daughter facials and father/son shiatsu, plus a new line of spa treatments for younger guests.

23 Signs You’re a Serious Tennis Player

You only live once, but you get to serve twice.

23 signs you are a serious tennis player:

1. You have an entire section of your closet dedicated to your tennis clothes.

2. Nothing will ruin your day quite like a double fault.

3. You’re a member of the USTA.

4. After playing tennis outside, your tan lines are super awkward. There’s nothing pretty about a tennis sock and polo shirt tan.

5. You subscribe to the Tennis Channel and actually enjoy watching it.

6. If you’re in a rut on the court you ask yourself “What would Serena do?”, and conquer on.

7. There are loose tennis balls in your car, all over your home, and in your backyard.

8. Breaking a string is like a mini epiphany that you’re playing a strong game.

9. You actually have a preference on court surface. Personally, I’m on team #hardcourt.

10. The US Open is your version of the Oscars.

11. You know you’re not supposed to slam your raquet, but damn it feels good when you do.

12. You have a name for your strong go-to shot, mine is the “Mikiller cross court forehand”.

13. There’s no better smell in the world than a fresh can of new tennis balls.

14. Your hands are covered in callouses, and you actually think it’s kind of sexy.

15. Being in “the zone” on the court is the ultimate high.

16. You’d rather spend your Friday night playing “Queen of the Court” than going out.

17. There is nothing more annoying than playing against a “pusher” or “marshmallow hitter” AKA that opponent that gets EVERYTHING back.

18. You know the term “bagels” doesn’t refer to a breakfast item, but beating someone 6-0, 6-0.

19. You’re a brand loyalist when it comes to what kind of racket you use, and you’ll never change.

20. You have a mini anxiety attack just hearing the words tiebreaker.

21. There is no greater pressure than the feeling during match point.

22. You are superstitious when it comes to how many times you bounce the ball before you serve.

23. You know all the stats of the top 10 female and male players on the professional circuit.

Everything You Need to Know About Soho House Hong Kong

A rendering of the House Brasserie, with views of Victoria Harbour from the 28th floor.

A decade in the making, Soho House Hong Kong is finally getting ready to open its doors this September. Memorably featured in a 2003 episode of Sex and the City and now something of a cultural phenomenon in its own right, the private members’ club was established in 1995 and has gone from one location in London to 24 clubs spanning the UK, North America, Europe and Asia. (When it opens this fall, Soho House Hong Kong will be the 25th.) In case you’re not familiar, the ethos of Soho House is simple: “to create a comfortable home from home for a community of like-minded people, wherever they are.”

Though one former proposed location was Tai Kwun, Soho House isn’t located in Hong Kong’s Soho neighbourhood but rather in Sheung Wan, on an unglamorous stretch of Des Voeux Road West. However, there are perks to this location: Occupying a 28-storey tower, Soho House features views over Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak. The interiors are being overseen by Soho House Design, an in-house team, with inspiration taken from the city itself, including colour palettes and references from Hong Kong films and the work of directors such as Wong Kar-wai. Patterns and fabrics that feel uniquely Hong Kong will feature prominently, while blending with the international design found throughout Soho Houses around the world.

Art features prominently throughout the property, with a permanent collection entirely focused on artists born or based in Hong Kong. Featuring over 100 works of art from established names such as Lee Kit and Tsang Kin Wah, emerging artists such as Firenze Lai and historic material from the likes of Ho Fan, Yau Leung, Wong Wo Bik and Choi Yan Chi, the collection has been curated by Kate Bryan, Head of Collections for Soho House.

What else is inside? Quite a lot, considering this is the biggest Soho House yet, spanning some 120,000 square feet. The gym, dubbed Soho Active, will span three floors linked by an internal staircase; reception and changing areas including sauna and steam rooms will be located on a separate floor. Elsewhere, a co-working space known as Soho Works will occupy nine floors of the building: Floors 17–23 will hold office space for Works members, while floors 2 and 3 will have a lounge and meeting spaces, where Works events will also be held.

A rendering of the Pool Room, located on the 30th floor.
The main member’s bar and club space on the 29th floor.

On the first floor, a white-box space called the House Studio will host exhibitions, shows and other events. On the ground floor, club reception will sit alongside a new concept called The Store, where members will be able to shop for products from Soho Home and Cowshed as well as items created by fellow members.

Most notable are the club floors, occupying floors 25–30. Up top is the 1970s-inspired Pool Room, designed as a solarium with plants, rattan furniture and daybeds, not to mention a swim-up bar. One floor below is the main bar and club space, with lounge-style furniture, a dark colour palette and a stage that will be used for karaoke nights. The House Brasserie is found on the 28th floor, where a menu of Soho House classics (brick chicken, the Dirty Burger) will be served alongside locally inspired seafood dishes, siu mei, dim sum and Peking duck.

A rendering of The Drawing Room.
A function room on the 26th floor.
An events room on the 25th floor.

On the 27th floor, the Drawing Room is a light, bright space with contemporary design: think cork ceiling, jade greens and burnt orange. The menu includes a daily afternoon tea set, and there are two private dining areas, which can be fully closed off for events. Two events spaces — a private dining room and a function room — occupy the 26th floor, both equipped with marble-top bars; there’s also a stage which will be used for members’ events. Last but not least, the 25th floor houses a pre-events bar, a screening room and a large function space. Different floors will open in phases, with the club floors expected to be finished by mid-September, while other sections of the building will open in winter and spring.

One of the changing rooms at the gym.
A rendering of the gym’s studio space.
The gym’s reception area.

If you want to become a member, you can start the process here, but note that demand is high and membership is limited to those in the creative industries. There are, however, benefits to joining sooner than later: Existing Cities Without Houses members and founder members will have free access to Soho Works and Soho Active for a year, while those who join after September will have to pay additional fees for usage of those amenities.

To find out more about this highly anticipated new opening, we sat down with Nick Jones, Founder and CEO of Soho House, to chat about Hong Kong’s creative scene, where he plans to open clubs next and more.

Nick Jones at Soho House Barcelona

Soho House is famous for having a rule against suits and ties, and not really welcoming finance types. Is that still true to this day? Has it changed over time?

Loads of bankers going out for a big knees up on a Thursday night is not something we want to become because it’s not very nice [to be around]. But, individually, we have nothing against anyone. We don’t want Soho House to be a place full of corporate entertaining; we want Soho House to be full of like-minded evenings and fun moments. I think people in finance have changed, so we’re not saying no to finance — the no suit and tie was just one way of [expressing our point of view]. And of course, there are plenty of people with great suits and ties who have nothing to do with finance.

There were reports that Soho House Hong Kong would open in March or earlier. What caused the delays?

We never announced exactly when we were opening. We were hoping to open before the summer, and if we really pushed it, we probably could’ve opened by the end of June. But what we decided to do is hold off and do it properly in September. So the answer is yes, it has been a slight delay but no worse than what we usually have. To achieve a 30-storey tower block and club within just over two years is a pretty good achievement.

When do you plan to welcome members to Soho House Hong Kong?

Certainly all the club floors will be finished by the end of September, but the four main club floors will be open the week commencing September 8th for an open house. To have one big party is, you know, you have to move all the furniture out, and what we want to do is show the house off in its glory. So we’ll just invite our founder membership over a period of four nights. We don’t want them all to come up the same night because it needs to be controlled. They’ll come in to experience the club, eat in the club, drink in the club, look at the entertainment.

The three floors of Soho Active will be ready from September the 8th. Soho Works will come online in January and the completion of the ground floor store will be in January or February. So by spring next year everything will be really up and running.

For someone who’s never heard of heard of Soho House, why should they want to be a member?

Just because the club originated from Britain, it doesn’t mean we’re an expat club. We are a club for Hong Kong Chinese and we very much want them to feel that we’re offering everything that they need. Hong Kong is a fantastic city with many incredible places to go. What we want at Soho House Hong Kong is just to add something additional to the city. I think what’s different is that we are under one roof, we’re in a great location, and we’ve got plenty of space. We’re not going to be here now and gone in three years’ time. We have a very substantial lease through our partners, Nan Fung. We are investing a lot of money to make sure that the members, every single member, is taken care of. I hope that the people of Hong Kong will find that very appealing.

As you know, Hong Kong already has many private members’ clubs. How is Soho House different?

Hong Kong has had lots of members’ clubs, a bit like the way that Britain has had lots of members’ clubs. I think what’s different about us is that we’re inclusive, not exclusive. We are aiming at a younger, more creative demographic — and the fact that we’re not about money.

I only want a membership to Soho House to improve someone’s life. It’s not just physical space I’m talking about, it’s not just a nice place to hang out and drink and meet and whatever. We care deeply about making sure that people in our community meet other people in our community who might be able to help them. I think with members’ events and everything we’re doing, all we’re trying to do is make our members’ lives better.

How will Soho House Hong Kong be different from the other 24 clubs?

Well, this is the biggest House, and it’s the first one where we’ve properly integrated the work space, the gym space and the House space into one building. We feel it’s a fabulous location. And of course, it’s our first entry into the Far East. That makes me nervous but at the same time it makes me incredibly excited.

Why should that make you nervous?

Because if you’re not nervous, you’re complacent. And I don’t think that’s a good thing.

Why open in Hong Kong before Beijing or Tokyo?

Beijing and Shanghai and Tokyo and Bangkok are very much on our list. It just so happened that we felt Hong Kong was going to be the first one to get into. And if Hong Kong works, we will be having a very, very proactive expansion around the Far East.

Why is now the right time for Soho House to open in Hong Kong?

The timing is more accidental than deliberate. We have been looking for a Soho House in Hong Kong for nearly a decade now. As you know it’s really difficult to find good properties with a decent lease in good areas in Hong Kong, so it’s taken us a long time to find it. But saying that, I think Hong Kong has changed and the creative industries are certainly popping up much more visibly than they were. Fashion music, art — these are very big parts of everyday life here.

Hong Kong has changed and will continue to change, and having something like Soho House here will also help it change. There’s also an incredibly interesting community of people who are in those businesses who would love a place where they could gather under one roof and feel that they are part of the same community. The people I’ve met in Hong Kong, they will be brilliant additions to our global community.

Unlike other clubs, this Soho House has no hotel accommodations. Was that a deliberate decision?

Well, it was not a deliberate decision because we initially put in an application for 60 bedrooms. Through some technical issues with the size of a building, at this stage it was not possible. Now, we could have reapplied and probably got them, but we sort of felt that actually, even though bedrooms are a nice amenity, it’s not an amenity that local Hong Kong people necessarily want, because they live in Hong Kong. We felt like giving more work space, more club space and more fitness space was better, so that’s why we dropped the idea.

How has Soho House changed since its founding?

When we started nearly 25 years ago, what we created there was a home from home for people who were prominently in the creative industries, but had a like-mindedness about them where they could meet, connect, work, watch movies, go to members’ events. I suppose in a way, the principle of that is exactly the same now. Soho House for 25 years has created a community for its membership, created content for its membership, and created connectability within its membership. As the years have progressed, we’ve really just added to what we had at the beginning, albeit in a more global, diverse, interesting way.

After you open a new club, how do you judge its success?

Our success is judged purely on member reaction. It’s not done on figures or P&L sheets. It’s purely done on reaction, how often our members are using us and the feedback we get.

What other Soho House locations are in the works?

We’ve got Rome opening next year, and Milan currently under construction. We’ve got Lisbon just about to go under construction, and Paris opening next year. We’ve got Nashville opening, Austin opening, and we’re doing one in Philadelphia. There’s many more houses to come. Our members love more houses: It makes our community of members more interesting because you go into each city and get the cream of that city and they join the global gang.

Will any parts of Soho House Hong Kong be open to the public?

Sure, we’ll have exhibitions which will be open to the public, and times when The Store is open to the public downstairs. But [generally], you have to have a membership to be able to come in here.

13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

”Somebody once told me the definition of hell:

“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” — Anonymous

Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person you can become, you don’t need to add more things — you need to give some of them up.

There are certain things that are universal, which will make you successful if you give up on them, even though each one of us could have a different definition of success.

You can give up on some of them as soon as today, while it might take a bit longer to give up on others.


1. Give Up On The Unhealthy Lifestyle

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn

If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts here. First, you should take care of your health, and there are only three things you need to keep in mind:

  1. Quality Sleep
  2. Healthy Diet
  3. Physical Activity

Small steps, but you will thank yourself one day.


2. Give Up The Short-term Mindset

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. — Mae West

Successful people set long-term goals, and they know these aims are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day.

These healthy habits shouldn’t be something you do; they should be something you embody.

There is a difference between: “Working out to get a summer body” and“Working out because that’s who you are.”


3. Give Up On Playing Small

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

— Marianne Williamson

If you never try and take great opportunities or allow your dreams to becomerealities, you will never unleash your true potential.

And the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.

So voice your ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, and certainly don’t be afraid to succeed.


4. Give Up Your Excuses

“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter theirstarting point, weaknesses, and past failures.

Realising that you are responsible for what happens next in your life is both frightening and exciting.

And when you do, that becomes the only way you can become successful,because excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally.

Own your life; no one else will.


5. Give Up The Fixed Mindset

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery

People with a fixed mindset think their intelligence or talents are pre-determined traits that cannot be changed. They also believe that talent alone leads to success — without hard work. But they’re wrong.

Successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on adaily basis to develop a growth mindset, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills and change their perception so that it can benefit their lives.

Who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow.


6. Give Up Believing In The “Magic Bullet.”

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” — Émile Coué

Overnight success is a myth.

Successful people know that making small continuous improvement every day will be compounded over time and give them desired results.

That is why you should plan for the future, but focus on the day that’s ahead of you, and improve just 1% every day.


7. Give Up Your Perfectionism

“Shipping beats perfection.” — Khan Academy’s Development Mantra

Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much you try.

Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents you from taking actionand putting your creation out there in the world. But a lot of opportunities will be lost if you wait for things to be right.

So “ship,” and then improve (that 1%).


8. Give Up Multi-tasking

“Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking, but in reality, you are actually wasting time switching from one task to another “

— Bosco Tjan

Successful people know this.

That’s why they choose one thing and then beat it into submission. No matter what it is — a business idea, a conversation, or a workout.

Being fully present and committed to one task is indispensable.


9. Give Up Your Need to Control Everything

“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.” — Epictetus

Differentiating these two is crucial.

Detach from the things you cannot control, focus on the ones you can, andknow that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to control is yourattitude towards something.

Remember: nobody can be frustrated while saying “Bubbles” in an angry voice.


10. Give Up On Saying YES To Things That Don’t Support Your Goals

“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”

— James Allen

Successful people know that in order to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO to certain tasks, activities, and demands from their friends, family, and colleagues.

In the short-term, you might sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your goals come to fruition, it will all be worth it.


11. Give Up The Toxic People

“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”

— Albert Einstein

People you spend the most time with add up to who you become.

If you spend time with those who refuse to take responsibility for their life, always find excuses and blame others for the situation they are in, your average will go down, and with it your opportunity to succeed.

However, if you spend time with people who are trying to increase their standard of living, and grow personally and professionally, your average will go up, and you will become more successful.

Take a look at around you, and see if you need to make any changes.


12. Give Up Your Need To Be Liked

“You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be people who hate peaches.” — Dita Von Teese

Think of yourself as a market niche.

There will be a lot of people who like that niche, and there will be individuals who don’t. And no matter what you do, you won’t be able to make the entire market like you.

This is completely natural, and there’s no need to justify yourself.

The only thing you can do is to remain authentic, improve and provide valueevery day, and know that the growing number of “haters” means that you are doing remarkable things.


13. Give Up Wasting Time

“The trouble is, you think you have time” — Jack Kornfield

You only have this one crazy and precious life. That’s why you owe it to yourself to see who you can become, and how far you can go.

However, to do that, you need to ditch meaningless time wasters and stop allowing them to be an escape from your most important goals.

To do that, you should learn how to take control over your focus, attention and make the most out of your 24 hours within a day.

Remember that you will die, so never stop creating your legacy and doing the things that will enrich your life.

UC Walking Club

Many members have commented that they enjoy nothing more than a decent walk in our fair city. The Union Club figured: if so many members are out and about walking, and more and more health benefits from walking are being realized, why not form a Walking Club?

Recently, on February 28, the Walking Club hit the streets:

Please join Past President Barrie Hewstan for any of the following walks, all departing the Union Club’s front stairs at 9:00am. If interested, please register at the Front Desk.

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time: 9:00am
Walking Area: Around the downtown core, viewing public art pieces.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 9:00am
Walking Area: Blossom Walk: Beacon Hill Park & Fairfield

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time: 9:00am
Walking Area: Fairfield, Gonzales Beach & Abkhazi Gardens

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Time: 9:00am
Walking Area: David Foster Walkway & Ogden Point Breakwater

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Time: 9:00am
Walking Area: Westsong Walkway & West Bay Marina

Top Five Reasons Why Autumn Golf is So Great

Gorgeous Autumn Colours, Less Crowds, Off-Season Pricing – There Are Many Reasons Why Autumn Golf is So Great.

With summer somewhat of a distant memory and autumn upon us, there is still lots of great golf to enjoy.  So don’t put away the sticks quite yet. It is true that start times might be a little later but crisp cool weather, clear skies and beautiful course conditions all make fall a great time to enjoy an extra round of golf or two.

Here are some great reasons to extend your golf season this fall…

1.  Beat the crowds:  Summer is over and the crowds have by and large gone home.  So you probably won’t be rushed along by the anxious foursome behind you.  You can take a bit more time, relax and really enjoy the round – hone your golf skills that much more.

2.  Your game is in top form:  You have had an entire golf season under your belt.  You’ve been playing all season long and you are feeling comfortable with your swing, your putting is in top form and your equipment is feeling like an extension of your arms.  Chances are that your golf game has never been better (hopefully, or the theory goes).

3.  Great time for a golf lesson:  Your local golf pro is probably less busy than he has been throughout the busy spring and summer golf season.  He or she can spend a little extra time giving you the personalized instruction you need to take your game to the next level.

4.  The courses are in fantastic shape:  The golf courses have enjoyed a full season of primping and coddling by obsessive grounds keepers – every blade of grass has been nurtured to its natural best, greens have been babied to near perfection and tee boxes in are pristine shape.  Greens tends to be smoother, fairways thick and lush, and landscaping at its best.

5.  Scenery is at its best:  There is nothing like golfing though a forest of fall colors.  Yellow poplars, red maples, golden tamarack often grace the fairways – adding an extra element of beauty to the golf experience.  Blue skies and majestic mountains seem closer and even more dramatic in the crisp fall light.

Top 5 Reasons Why Autumn Golf Is The Best


With summer somewhat of a distant memory and autumn upon us, there is still lots of great golf to enjoy – especially in Victoria!  So don’t put away the sticks quite yet. It is true that start times might be a little later but crisp cool weather, clear skies and beautiful course conditions all make fall a great time to enjoy an extra round of golf or two.

Here are some great reasons to extend your golf season this fall…

1.  Beat the crowds:  Summer is over and the crowds have by and large gone home.  So you probably won’t be rushed along by the anxious foursome behind you.  You can take a bit more time, relax and really enjoy the round – hone your golf skills that much more.

2.  Your game is in top form:  You have had an entire golf season under your belt.  You’ve been playing all season long and you are feeling comfortable with your swing, your putting is in top form and your equipment is feeling like an extension of your arms.  Chances are that your golf game has never been better (hopefully, or the theory goes).

3.  Great time for a golf lesson:  Your local golf pro is probably less busy than he has been throughout the busy spring and summer golf season.  He or she can spend a little extra time giving you the personalized instruction you need to take your game to the next level.

4.  The courses are in fantastic shape:  The golf courses have enjoyed a full season of primping and coddling by obsessive grounds keepers – every blade of grass has been nurtured to its natural best, greens have been babied to near perfection and tee boxes in are pristine shape.  Greens tends to be smoother, fairways thick and lush, and landscaping at its best.

5.  Scenery is at its best:  There is nothing like golfing though a forest of fall colors.  Yellow poplars, red maples, golden tamarack often grace the fairways – adding an extra element of beauty to the golf experience.  Blue skies and majestic mountains seem closer and even more dramatic in the crisp fall light.

Golf Is the Long Game for Affluent Brands

Golfers are passionate about golf and are willing to spend money to pursue their hobby as well as to keep up their lifestyle of quality products and travel.

You may not first think of golfers as those who seek out luxury and quality goods—in fact, if you’re not a golfer yourself, you probably picture them only as retired old men wearing a pair of cheap docker shorts with some old polo shirt from some golf trip they took a lifetime ago. But if that’s your mental image of golfers, you’re missing out on a great market with dollars to spend.

Despite smaller television ratings than football, basketball, and baseball—golf, by the numbers, remains a marketer’s dream. According to Nielsen, 27% of golfers earn $100,000 or more. And 43% of PGA fans are more likely than average U.S. consumers to own second homes, and 60% are more likely to own stocks or stock options, according to Simmons Market Research and Experian Information Solutions Inc.

“Golfers tend to seek out a luxurious type of experience with all of the products and services that they buy,” says Jon Last, vice president of corporate marketing, research and brand development for Golf Digest Publications. “In a lot of the research that we have conducted, the golf market tends to outspend even the most affluent people when you are looking in categories like travel, automobiles and real estate and, of course, within the golf categories as well.”

Get to Know a Golf Course Like the Back of Your Hand

With the Club’s UC Open coming up on Monday, September 25, we thought it would it would be neat to introduce you to the newest golf gadget that has all the Pro Shops talking!

If you’re in the market for the newest in on-course technology, Johnny Miller has something you’ll want to consider!

If you’ve listened to Johnny Miller often enough on NBC golf, you’ve probably heard him say that when he was playing his best, he used to ask his caddie to give him yardages in half yards.

If you are old enough to remember watching televised golf in Miller’s prime, which was the 1970s, you’ll know he was probably not kidding. Anyone who saw those desert victories in person or on TV will recall that Miller was able to hit it to within three feet of the pin on many occasions. He was that accurate, at least for a while.

We should not be surprised that he’s involved with a golf equipment company that has put GPS on the back of a golf glove: Zero Friction DistancePro.

Miller’s not just a spokesperson for Zero Friction, he’s part owner of the company. But he has the kind of track record that makes him an expert. If you look at his victories, you’ll see that he was a Tiger Woods type player in his era. In 1974, he won eight tournaments. In 1975, he won four times. In 1976, he won three, including the Open Championship.

Because so many of Miller’s victories were in the desert, he got a nickname: The Desert Fox, previously attributed to the WWII German general Erwin Rommel.

Miller won back-to-back-to-back at the Dean Martin Tucson Open (and then NBC Tucson Open) from 1974-1976. He won the Phoenix Open back-to-back in 1974 and 1975. And he won the Bob Hope Desert Classic back-to-back in 1975 and 1976. His strategy was simple. Hit it close to the flagstick.

Miller’s accuracy was uncanny, and so if he said he needed distances to within a half yard, who can disagree. Perhaps in the spirit of needing to know better distances, Miller and Zero Friction came up with the Zero Friction DistancePro GPS Glove. Yes. That’s right. GPS has migrated from your phone or watch to the back of your hand.

The DistancePro GPS device is a matchbox sized – for those who remember matchboxes – or a third of a credit card-sized GPS unit that attaches to the back of the golf glove with Velcro and a special metal dowel to hold it in place. The DistancePro GPS unit gives distances to the front, center and back of the green on more than 35,000 golf courses. To activate it, you download the Zero Friction DistancePro app and sync the phone to the GPS unit. When you get to the course, you’re ready to go.

You have to be within a 100-foot range of your phone for the distances to show on the GPS. So put the phone in the back pocket or park the cart close. The battery lasts for 400 hours, and it’s very easy to change as Joe Jung, the National Sales Director for Zero Friction demonstrated at the ING Conference at the World Golf Village earlier this season.

When you wear out the glove, you take the DistancePro GSP unit off that glove and put it on a new one. You’re ready to go again.

What will they think of next!?