Sunset Bluffs and the SGCC

The Jenuane Communities Sunset Bluffs development in Mogul (41 homesites) has included a Somersett Golf and Country Club (SGCC) equity membership plus one years dues with the purchase of a home. Equity memberships at the SGCC are currently selling for $2,500 with $400/month dues for the first year ($500/mo. thereafter) and a $150/quarter food & beverage minimum. This equates to a $7,900 value to a Sunset Bluffs buyer. However, is it safe to assume that if the buyer is a non-golfer, some credit on the purchase price will be in order?

They also advertise membership at The Club at Town Center (TCTC) and Canyon9, albeit at buyer expense. However, this is not through the Developer, but via their equity membership at the SGCC. TCTC and Canyon9 access rights via the SGCC are granted under Article VII Section 8 “Somersett Country Club Membership Rights to Use Club at Town Center and Canyon9 Golf Course” of the Somersett CC&R’s, which can only be revoked by the SGCC (i.e., not the SOA). The CC&R’s do not identify the fees attributable to non-Somersett owner use, only that they are “reasonably similar” to the fees being paid by Somersett Owners. In this regard the SOA is currently charging $105/month, which is higher than the $89/month for Somersett owners (Note: Per the SGCC website, their fee for this access is $115/mo., does this mean a surcharge for the SGCC?).

Some have voiced a concern over non-Somersett owner use of TCTC fearing overcrowding. However, this is not really a problem as currently only 26 fall into this category. It is also doubtful that many of the Sunset Bluff’s purchasers will take advantage of this. Given only 41 homesites how many buyers will actually end up being Country Club Members, and how many of these will pay the additional $115/month fee (in addition to their own $40/mo. association fee) for access to the TCTC and Canyon9? Although the Sunset Bluffs development borders Somersett, there is no direct road connecting the two, therefore a five-mile journey to the Town Center.

Perhaps the planned and  neighboring Ventana Ridge development should also follow suit, the more the merrier – Country Club Members that is!

5 thoughts on “Sunset Bluffs and the SGCC

  1. I completely disagree on “the more the merrier” mentality. TCTC is overcrowded already.

    I don’t know the in’s/out’s of the various Articles, and clarify and correct me if I’m wrong, but why should someone be allowed to simply pay $115/month for use of the same facilities as those that live in Somersett?

    That seems to give them ALL the benefits of living in the Somersett community and NO responsibility for special assessments.

    So when there’s something like the Rockery Wall Lawsuit or other problem in the community, Somersett owners are on the hook for the huge bills, and those living outside the boundaries of Somersett are off the hook?

    Furthermore, those outside the community can CHOOSE if they they want to pay the extra $115 month or not. Last time I checked, I have no such option. I’m required to pay the $115 indefinitely.

    I’m open to hear if my understanding is correct or incorrect.

    Bottom line: If someone wants the facilities that are in Somersett, then buy a home in Somersett.

    1. Keith – Thanks for your comment, but lets clarify some of your points:
      1. Per the Somersett CC&R’s, The SGCC has an irrevocable right to offer TCTC memberships to their non-Somersett owner members. To change this would require a modification to the CC&R”s
      2. Somersett Owners (excluding Sierra Canyon, who have their own clubhouse) currently pay a $89/mo assessment for TCTC, not $105/mo as do the non-Somersett owners.
      3. The $1200 assessment pertained to “Common Area” maintenance and not TCTC, which is a separate cost center.
      4. The “more the merrier” comment pertained to Country Club membership. The more members they have (currently around 300 with a max at 450) the more financially sound they become, benefitting us all.
      5. Your sentiment that “if someone wants the facilities that are in Somersett, then buy a home in Somersett” is well taken and shared by most. However, keep in mind that the SGCC is the lone entity via which a non-Somersett Owner can obtain a membership to TCTC. This is what the Somersett Development Company obviously wanted in developing both the residential communities and the Country Club.

  2. Thank you to Somersett United for elucidating clearly the information (and its impact) I had sent to the Board about Sunsett Bluffs, over two months ago.

    I met with Tracy Carter on this issue at the time – who told me that there was “unlimited” access to outsiders using the TCTC – unless we change the CCR’s. He told me, that we cant easily do this, as getting a homeowner vote is nigh next to impossible. (Sentiments echoed in a separate meeting with Terry Ritter). This is the logic used for not getting a NRS CCR compliant vote for the legal action pertaining to the rockery walls.

    I would like to point out that Somersett Development did get a CCR compliant vote for the Chapter 40 suits back in 2013 (prior to owner takeover).

    Those with a keen eye will see that there is a trail (passable with a bike or golf cart?) leading to the fire road from Sunsett Bluffs to the Gypsy Road area.

    I believe that these are changes which affect our community (like requests for access, pathways) between Somersett and the new developments under way or in the planning stage; which need to be discussed by the Board; and, all the owners informed of their impact.

  3. If TCTC facilities are stretched, SOA should raise the fees paid by outsiders. How high? Start by determining the ,monthly price for a fitness facility in reasonable proximity to Somersett. The TCTC outsider fee should be at least as high as that fee given the convenience value TCTC affords.
    If SGCC challenges what constitutes “reasonably similar” fees, let them propose a better benchmark.

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