By Marianne Howell Wright
Take a look at my Governors Club video and take a tour of the club and neighborhood. I have lots of Governors Club information on my Governors Club Homes web site.
Here is the transcript:
Hi. I’m Marianne Howell Wright from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Today we’re going to take a peek inside Governors Club with Gretchen and Bill. This is their second trip to Chapel Hill, and we’ve narrowed down their search to Governors Club. After doing a lot of online research and looking at houses and neighborhoods, they’ve chosen several houses that they really like. But, before they make a decision, we’re going to go look at the facilities at the club, have lunch at the clubhouse because real estate is hungry work.
Governors Club is a gated community and they take security very seriously. As many times and as often as I’m in and out of the neighborhood, I always sign in and show my identification. We’re going to pull up now and say hello to Michele. “Good morning.” “Good morning.” The staff is really friendly in Governors Club. Our first stop is going to be the clubhouse, where we’ll meet with the membership director and then have lunch out on the terrace overlooking the golf course and then we’ll head over to the fitness center and pool and tennis facility.
This is the clubhouse, we’re pulling up in front right now. Bill and Gretchen have questions for the membership director.
Director: We’ve got the main dining room.
Gretchen Mm-hmm, I like the dining room. And then, what’s that? That’s for like a private function room. Oh I think we did look out there. Like the ballroom and the boardroom and then the member’s lounge.
Bill: So all the locker rooms are on this floor? Mm-hmm. I mean, yeah, this level. Mm-hmm.
Sarah: Yes, the ladies locker room is located right to the left as well. Yeah. Good.
Marianne: Sarah took us for a quick tour of the ladies locker room.
It’s a perfect day for lunch out on the terrace, overlooking the golf course, the sparkling water, the sky was blue, the temperature was perfect.
And the food was fantastic. Our waiter was really helpful. He took some video for us so we could all be in it. That’s Bill and Gretchen, the waiter and m,e and I’m going to zero in on the food right now: my shrimp salad, Gretchen had a pizza with artichokes and Bill had fish tacos. So after lunch I asked Bill and Gretchen to tell me what they thought about the houses that we’ve seen so far.
So it’s our second day on this trip and are you as confused as ever?
Gretchen Yes. We’ve narrowed it down, but confused between the ones that we have left.
Marianne: Do you have an idea of which one you like?
Gretchen: No. We’ve just seen the first one of the four again, and we’ll have to see the last three to make sure we’ve taken into account everything that is important to us.
Marianne: We’re going to go take a tour now of the tennis facilities before we see the rest of the houses:
Bill: I think I want to get playing doubles some.
Unidentified Speaker: Yeah. Doubles is much more popular.
Bill: Yeah, that’s what I figured.
Marianne: Next we met with fitness instructor Chantell, who showed us around the indoor pool, the weight room and outdoor tennis area:
Chantell: And then, so we have six play courts, two hard courts. They all teach lessons. I even teach lessons.
Bill: Two pros?
Chantell: Two pros.
Gretchen: How about the women?
Chantell: We have women groups and then we also have clinics.
Gretchen: OK. So if I’m just getting back into it there’s like a lower level?
Chantell: There’s a beginner clinic in the morning and at night, that Tom teaches the one in the morning, Neil teaches the one at night.
Chantell: They can get you fitted for the shoes and the racket and everything like that, so we can get you all set back up.
Marianne: Chantell showed us around a little bit more. She was so energetic, she had me even wanting to join a class. Then we went on over to the clubhouse again to say goodbye to the membership director and thank her.
Bill: We got some good information from somebody we talked to today about the tennis, so that was good.
Chantell: OK great. And then how was lunch today?
Bill: Oh it was great.
Gretchen: It was delicious. We loved it, that was so wonderful.
Chantell: I’m glad.
Gretchen: We had totally different things, and they were all wonderful. Yeah. It was real good.
Marianne: Bill and Gretchen were happy with the club and the club amenities, so we were off to spend the rest of the afternoon revisiting their favorite homes. By the next morning, they had made a decision and picked a gorgeous house. They’ll be moving in just a few short weeks. This is Marianne Howell Wright, from Governors Club in Chapel Hill North Carolina.