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Private clubs are not a novelty in Panama, but a country club that offers a wide range of amenities suited for every member of the family is a unique find.
For the enjoyment of the families in Panama, next year, Santa Maria Country Club will open, inside the exclusive gated community of Santa María Golf & Country Club. It is important to mention that membership to the club is open to non-residents and residents of Santa Maria, giving families the opportunity to meet new people and make valuable connections.
Raquel Gonzalez, General Manager, said to “The Visitor” that the Club seeks to “create a sense of community where all the family members can have fun, and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of networking while making new friends. We are looking for young professional families of all nationalities”. According to Gonzalez, members and their families will not have to go anywhere else, once they enter the club which will feature a spa, barber shop, lounge/bar, a bowling alley, game room (arcade type), discotheque, a 1,000 meter event room, an Olympic and a recreational pool, a restaurant, a sports bar and a kids club. The outdoors facilities are scheduled to open by mid-2018.
Memberships may be purchased cash or financed in convenient plans of 5, 10 or 15 years. Memberships are currently $28,000 cash, and financed options are $38,000 for non- residents, and $33,000 for residents of Santa Maria. For either membership option, cash or financed, the application process begins with a $1,000 down payment. Prospective members are vetted and those interested begin their application process with a few basic documents and a down payment.
The club has been designed to accommodate 3,000 members and their families and, once it is finished at the end of 2019, will have an indoor sports center it with three basketball courts, a running track, two squash courts, two racquetball courts, two tennis courts, five studios to practice Pilates, yoga and similar disciplines and a gymnasium with cardio and weight equipment.
The outdoor sports facilities include four soccer fields, two paddle courts (a sport similar to tennis), a softball field, one multipurpose field, two tennis courts, a running track and an Olympic pool of 50 meters. The club currently has 400 members from more than 15 countries. For more information visit santamariacountryclubpanama.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 340-9300.