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Montecito Club reopens for first time since pandemic started

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Ty Warner spent $119.5 million to amplify the Montecito Club's outdoor programming and enhance property features.

MONTECITO, Calif. — After closing its doors for more than a year throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Montecito Club has reopened. 

Ty Warner — the owner of the club — spent $119.5 million to amplify its outdoor programming and enhance property features. 

“My vision is to create a private club like no other,” Warner said in a statement. “We are pleased to reopen with new and innovative club features and a focus on outdoor programming to provide an elevated club experience.”

“As the pandemic comes to a settling point and vaccines become readily available, we felt it was safe to reopen the club,” Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts director of membership sales and communications Kelly Campbell said.

Some highlights include a bocce ball court, redesigned pool complex and new tennis courts.

In addition, the club features an outdoor sports complex featuring two pickleball courts, basketball, beach volleyball, soccer field, badminton, a 15-foot-high sledding hill and batting cage equipped with state-of-the-art slow and fast pitching machines.

Indoor features include a Kid’s club, movie theater, bowling alley and 6,500 square foot fitness center.

Club membership includes various exclusive benefits across Mr. Warner’s portfolio. Currently available are: the Ambassador Membership, offering full club privileges excluding golf; the Signature Membership, offering full club privileges at each individual club; and the distinguished Connoisseur Memberships, which includes full club privileges at Montecito Club and Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.

The launch of its membership program comes on the heels of a new addition, Mike Orosco as General Manager.

Orosco joined the Montecito Club in March 2021 with an extensive history in  private club hospitality and membership development. Before joining the team, he served as Clubhouse Manager at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles.

“When you come onto our property, everything is well groomed from the bushes to the golf course,” Orosco said. All the amenities around the club are spectacular."

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has been completed remodeled with the addition of Platinum TE Paspalum grass.

“This has made the course more playable, fun and the members are really enjoying it,” Campbell said.

“It's really comfortable, very playable and it's been a pure play for them,” Orosco said. 

With a seemingly endless amount of fun family activities, members are making memories with each visit. 

“They love coming to the club and being with their friends,” Orosco said. “It's a home away from home feel and they truly missed it over this past year."

“They’re seeing all their friends, getting out on the golf course and just enjoying pandemic-safe activities at their club,” Campbell concluded.

It is still unknown when Warner plans on reopening the Four Seasons Biltmore or Coral Casino.

For more information on the Montecito Club, click here. For membership inquiries, contact Kelly Campbell at (805) 455-2587 (kcampbell@tymail.com) or Johanna Dearinger at (805) 276-7669 (jdearinger@tymail.com). 

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