Getting to Know you is Just the Beginning. 

For more than 25 years, clients in the club, resort and hospitality industries have looked to us for creative, forward-thinking concepts and expert legal and consulting services. We’ve established ourselves as the firm of choice when your goals are to maximize the value of any recreational amenity package while also enhancing real estate prices and absorption for an associated residential development through an effective amenity strategy.

Our most important asset is our experience and how we strive to intimately know and understand each client and help them successfully reach their goals by designing, implementing and managing custom membership programs. Each project is different, so each program is unique. We customize every membership plan to fit the client’s particular challenges and opportunities. We work for some of the most forward-thinking and prestigious clubs and resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and many other locations around the globe. We’d like to talk with you and show you exactly how we can help make your project successful and profitable. We are a small firm which enables us to be nimble, responsive and efficient.

We are “hands-on” and results-oriented.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

We handle diverse and complex membership programs while retaining our passion for every project. Personal service and superior outcomes are principles that drive our business. Our commitment to open communication, state-of-the-art information systems, and managing every detail has helped us build strong and lasting relationships with clients around the world.

Property Owners Associations

We have a significant breadth of experience in crafting comprehensive and effective property owner association regimes and associated documentation thereof.

MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS

We have extensive experience in designing and documenting custom membership programs – founder, non-equity, equity and convertible to equity membership programs – as well as integrated club and community association plans. In addition to working with clients having more conventional amenities such as golf, tennis, beach, swimming, spa and fitness, we also work on unique clubs such as those involving ski, marina slip, equestrian, lodging and polo facilities.

ABSORPTION

We design every program to appeal to the markets targeted and achieve the full economic potential of your project. Whether the amenities are “stand alone” or part of a larger development with the focus on selling real estate, we’ll help you achieve your objectives with enhanced absorption possibilities. We assist our clients in standing out from the competition.

CONVERSIONS & TURNOVERS

We have a wealth of experience in converting membership programs from one type to another, whether it is from refundable to non-refundable or vice-versa, or from a non-equity program to an equity member-owned program. We help clients manage equity club turnovers. We also assist clients who are acquiring a club property. This strong and diverse background gives us the insight to anticipate challenges and create strategies to help you successfully achieve your goals.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

We are well versed in the tax and securities implications associated with a variety of membership programs so we can help clients avoid pit falls that others might overlook.

FOUNDERS

Robert P. Giesen

Attorney at Law

Phone: 561.210.8476
Cell: 561.602.1168
rgiesen@gkclublaw.com

Robert specializes in golf, resort and leisure services with a special emphasis on club membership programs. The core of his practice is representing developers of master-planned communities and resorts who are looking for counsel and insights about recreational amenities and how to maximize their economic potential. Mr. Giesen practiced with Hillier & Associates, P.A., at the time the leading law firm serving the hospitality industry, concentrating in areas including leisure and recreation, real estate, corporate, tax and securities. While with Hillier, he crafted club membership programs for many renowned golf properties including The Club at PGA West, La Quinta Resort & Club, The Boulders Club, Desert Mountain Club, Yellowstone Mountain Club, East Hampton Golf Club, Tehama Golf Club, and The Preserve Golf Club.

Prior to joining Hillier & Associates, Mr. Giesen practiced law at the prestigious New York law firm of Dewey Ballantine. He graduated from Georgetown University, cum laude, in 1974 and from Fordham University School of Law, with honors, and as a member of the law review in 1977.

Kevin Kenny

Attorney at Law

Cell: 813.309.2824
kkenny@gkclublaw.com

Kevin’s primary focus is in real estate and hospitality law with special emphasis on club and resort membership programs. Mr. Kenny has advised developers of master-planned communities and resorts and provided counsel related to their recreational amenities. Mr. Kenny has designed and structured many golf, resort and club membership programs for clients across the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America and around the world.

Mr. Kenny also has broad experience in both federal and state litigation. He is a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, The Florida Bar, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Mr. Kenny received his B.S. degree from Florida State University in 1994 and his J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1998. At Stetson he was nominated for the National Dean’s List and honored with the Victor O’Wehle Award for Excellency in Trial Advocacy.

PORTFOLIO

We’re honored by the caliber of organizations that work with us. They’ve given us the opportunity to create successful custom programs for a wide variety of amenity offerings and a diverse spectrum of structures. You’ll find our clients the world over and in every market. What these organizations share is the exclusivity of their properties, their innovative offerings, their futuristic positioning, and their demand for excellence. We’re looking forward to learning about your project and showing you how we might contribute to your success.

United States Clubs & Resorts

  • 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Cimarron Hills Country Club –  Austin, Texas
  • Clear Creek Tahoe Club – Minden, Nevada
  • Cotton Ranch Club – Gypsum, Colorado
  • Dallas National Golf Club – Dallas, Texas
  • Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club, Austin, Texas
  • Doral Golf Resort & Spa – Miami, Florida
  • East Hampton Golf Club – East Hampton, New York
  • Elkhorn Golf Club – Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Garden of the Gods Club – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Glenwild Golf Club – Park City, Utah
  • Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Club – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Griffin Club, Los Angeles, California
  • Grizzly Ranch Club – Portola, California
  • Kemper Lakes Golf Club – Chicago, Illinois
  • Kohanaiki Club – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • Kukio Golf & Beach Club – Kona, Hawaii
  • La Costa Resort & Club – La Costa, California
  • La Quinta Resort & Club – La Quinta, California
  • Maroon Creek Club – Aspen, Colorado
  • Mauna Kea Club – Kohala Coast, Hawaii
  • Moonlight Club – Big Sky, Montana
  • Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club – Cashiers, North Carolina
  • NEXUS Club, New York City, New York
  • Promontory Club – Park City, Utah
  • Red Ledges Club – Heber City, Utah
  • Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club – St. Petersburg, Florida
  • San Vicente Bungalows, Los Angeles California
  • Sea Island Club, Sea Island, Georgia
  • Sebonack Golf Club – Southampton, New York
  • Snowmass Mountain Club, Snowmass, Colorado
  • Southern Highlands Golf Club – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, Big Sky, Montana
  • Spanish Oaks Golf Club – Austin, Texas
  • Stowe Mountain Club – Stowe, Vermont
  • Tehama Golf Club – Carmel, California
  • The Alotian Club – Little Rock, Arkansas
  • The Black Bull Golf Club – Bozeman, Montana
  • The Boca Raton Resort & Club – Boca Raton, Florida
  • The Boulders Club – Carefree, Arizona
  • The Brasada Club – Powell Butte, Oregon
  • The Bridges Club at Rancho Santa Fe – Rancho Santa Fe, California
  • The Club at Brightwater – Vail, Colorado
  • The Club at Flying Horse Ranch – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • The Club at Hideout Lake – Telluride, Colorado
  • The Club at PGA West – La Quinta, California
  • The Club at Queens Gap – Lake Lure, North Carolina
  • The Club at Tamarack – Cascade, Idaho
  • The Club at The Del – Coronado, California
  • The Hualalai Club – Kaupulehu, Hawaii
  • The Kapalua Club – Maui, Hawaii
  • The Preserve Golf Club – Carmel, California
  • The Pronghorn Club – Bend, Oregon
  • The Retreat Country Club – Corona, California
  • The Silverleaf Club – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Troubadour Golf and Field Club, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Yellowstone Mountain Club – Big Sky, Montana

International Clubs & Resorts

  • Albany Golf & Beach Club – Nassau, The Bahamas
  • Albany Marina Club, Nassau, The Bahamas
  • Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club – Great Guana Cay, The Bahamas
  • Cap Cana Club – Dominican Republic
  • Castiglion del Bosco Club – Montalcino, Italy
  • Chileno Bay Club – Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Club Punta Mita – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Cove Club, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • El Dorado Golf & Beach Club – Los Cabos, Mexico
  • El Rio Country Club – Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Half Moon Bay – Anguilla, British West Indies
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club – Worldwide
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Anguilla – Anguilla, British West Indies
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of Canada – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club St. Lucia – St. Lucia, West Indies
  • La Playa Golf & Beach Club, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Killeen Castle Golf Club – Dublin, Ireland

  • Loch Lomond Golf Club – Dumbartonshire, Scotland
  • Palmas del Mar Club – Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • Peninsula Papagayo Club – Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club, Playa Grande, Dominican Republic
  • Punta Brava Club – Ensenada, Mexico
  • Reserva Conchal Club – Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
  • Royal Westmoreland Golf Club – Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
  • Skolkovo Golf Club, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Sugarhill Club – Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
  • The Club at Quivira – Los Cabos, Mexico
  • The Club at Seaside Mariana – San Rafael Del Sur, Nicaragua
  • The Kinloch Club – Taupo, New Zealand
  • The Tucker’s Point Golf, Beach & Tennis Club – Tucker’s Town, Bermuda
  • The Yacht Club at Ocean Club Residences & Marina – Paradise Island, The Bahamas
  • Twin Dolphin Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico

Contact

Robert P. Giesen
Co-founder & Partner
1200 North Federal Highway
Suite 200
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Phone: 561.210.8476
Fax: 561.210.8477
Cell: 561.602.1168
rgiesen@gkclublaw.com

Kevin Kenny
Co-founder & Partner
Tampa, Florida
Phone: 813.309.2824
kkenny@gkclublaw.com

 

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Getting to Know you is Just the Beginning.

For more than 25 years, clients in the club, resort and hospitality industries have looked to us for creative, forward-thinking concepts and expert legal and consulting services. We’ve established ourselves as the firm of choice when your goals are to maximize the value of any recreational amenity package while also enhancing real estate prices and absorption for an associated residential development through an effective amenity strategy.

Our most important asset is our experience and how we strive to intimately know and understand each client and help them successfully reach their goals by designing, implementing and managing custom membership programs. Each project is different, so each program is unique. We customize every membership plan to fit the client’s particular challenges and opportunities. We work for some of the most forward-thinking and prestigious clubs and resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and many other locations around the globe. We’d like to talk with you and show you exactly how we can help make your project successful and profitable. We are a small firm which enables us to be nimble, responsive and efficient.

We are “hands-on” and results-oriented.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

We handle diverse and complex membership programs while retaining our passion for every project. Personal service and superior outcomes are principles that drive our business. Our commitment to open communication, state-of-the-art information systems, and managing every detail has helped us build strong and lasting relationships with clients around the world.

Property Owners Associations

We have a significant breadth of experience in crafting comprehensive and effective property owner association regimes and associated documentation thereof.

MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS

We have extensive experience in designing and documenting custom membership programs – founder, non-equity, equity and convertible to equity membership programs – as well as integrated club and community association plans. In addition to working with clients having more conventional amenities such as golf, tennis, beach, swimming, spa and fitness, we also work on unique clubs such as those involving ski, marina slip, equestrian, lodging and polo facilities.

ABSORPTION

We design every program to appeal to the markets targeted and achieve the full economic potential of your project. Whether the amenities are “stand alone” or part of a larger development with the focus on selling real estate, we’ll help you achieve your objectives with enhanced absorption possibilities. We assist our clients in standing out from the competition.

CONVERSIONS & TURNOVERS

We have a wealth of experience in converting membership programs from one type to another, whether it is from refundable to non-refundable or vice-versa, or from a non-equity program to an equity member-owned program. We help clients manage equity club turnovers. We also assist clients who are acquiring a club property. This strong and diverse background gives us the insight to anticipate challenges and create strategies to help you successfully achieve your goals.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

We are well versed in the tax and securities implications associated with a variety of membership programs so we can help clients avoid pit falls that others might overlook.

FOUNDERS

Robert P. Giesen

Attorney at Law

Phone: 561.210.8476
Cell: 561.602.1168
rgiesen@gkclublaw.com

Robert specializes in golf, resort and leisure services with a special emphasis on club membership programs. The core of his practice is representing developers of master-planned communities and resorts who are looking for counsel and insights about recreational amenities and how to maximize their economic potential. Mr. Giesen practiced with Hillier & Associates, P.A., at the time the leading law firm serving the hospitality industry, concentrating in areas including leisure and recreation, real estate, corporate, tax and securities. While with Hillier, he crafted club membership programs for many renowned golf properties including The Club at PGA West, La Quinta Resort & Club, The Boulders Club, Desert Mountain Club, Yellowstone Mountain Club, East Hampton Golf Club, Tehama Golf Club, and The Preserve Golf Club.

Prior to joining Hillier & Associates, Mr. Giesen practiced law at the prestigious New York law firm of Dewey Ballantine. He graduated from Georgetown University, cum laude, in 1974 and from Fordham University School of Law, with honors, and as a member of the law review in 1977.

Kevin Kenny

Attorney at Law

Cell: 813.309.2824
kkenny@gkclublaw.com

Kevin’s primary focus is in real estate and hospitality law with special emphasis on club and resort membership programs. Mr. Kenny has advised developers of master-planned communities and resorts and provided counsel related to their recreational amenities. Mr. Kenny has designed and structured many golf, resort and club membership programs for clients across the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America and around the world.

Mr. Kenny also has broad experience in both federal and state litigation. He is a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, The Florida Bar, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Mr. Kenny received his B.S. degree from Florida State University in 1994 and his J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1998. At Stetson he was nominated for the National Dean’s List and honored with the Victor O’Wehle Award for Excellency in Trial Advocacy.

PORTFOLIO

We’re honored by the caliber of organizations that work with us. They’ve given us the opportunity to create successful custom programs for a wide variety of amenity offerings and a diverse spectrum of structures. You’ll find our clients the world over and in every market. What these organizations share is the exclusivity of their properties, their innovative offerings, their futuristic positioning, and their demand for excellence. We’re looking forward to learning about your project and showing you how we might contribute to your success.

United States Clubs & Resorts

  • 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Cimarron Hills Country Club –  Austin, Texas
  • Clear Creek Tahoe Club – Minden, Nevada
  • Cotton Ranch Club – Gypsum, Colorado
  • Dallas National Golf Club – Dallas, Texas
  • Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club, Austin, Texas
  • Doral Golf Resort & Spa – Miami, Florida
  • East Hampton Golf Club – East Hampton, New York
  • Elkhorn Golf Club – Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Garden of the Gods Club – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Glenwild Golf Club – Park City, Utah
  • Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Club – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Griffin Club, Los Angeles, California
  • Grizzly Ranch Club – Portola, California
  • Kemper Lakes Golf Club – Chicago, Illinois
  • Kohanaiki Club – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • Kukio Golf & Beach Club – Kona, Hawaii
  • La Costa Resort & Club – La Costa, California
  • La Quinta Resort & Club – La Quinta, California
  • Maroon Creek Club – Aspen, Colorado
  • Mauna Kea Club – Kohala Coast, Hawaii
  • Moonlight Club – Big Sky, Montana
  • Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club – Cashiers, North Carolina
  • NEXUS Club, New York City, New York
  • Promontory Club – Park City, Utah
  • Red Ledges Club – Heber City, Utah
  • Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club – St. Petersburg, Florida
  • San Vicente Bungalows, Los Angeles California
  • Sea Island Club, Sea Island, Georgia
  • Sebonack Golf Club – Southampton, New York
  • Snowmass Mountain Club, Snowmass, Colorado
  • Southern Highlands Golf Club – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, Big Sky, Montana
  • Spanish Oaks Golf Club – Austin, Texas
  • Stowe Mountain Club – Stowe, Vermont
  • Tehama Golf Club – Carmel, California
  • The Alotian Club – Little Rock, Arkansas
  • The Black Bull Golf Club – Bozeman, Montana
  • The Boca Raton Resort & Club – Boca Raton, Florida
  • The Boulders Club – Carefree, Arizona
  • The Brasada Club – Powell Butte, Oregon
  • The Bridges Club at Rancho Santa Fe – Rancho Santa Fe, California
  • The Club at Brightwater – Vail, Colorado
  • The Club at Flying Horse Ranch – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • The Club at Hideout Lake – Telluride, Colorado
  • The Club at PGA West – La Quinta, California
  • The Club at Queens Gap – Lake Lure, North Carolina
  • The Club at Tamarack – Cascade, Idaho
  • The Club at The Del – Coronado, California
  • The Hualalai Club – Kaupulehu, Hawaii
  • The Kapalua Club – Maui, Hawaii
  • The Preserve Golf Club – Carmel, California
  • The Pronghorn Club – Bend, Oregon
  • The Retreat Country Club – Corona, California
  • The Silverleaf Club – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Troubadour Golf and Field Club, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Yellowstone Mountain Club – Big Sky, Montana

International Clubs & Resorts

  • Albany Golf & Beach Club – Nassau, The Bahamas
  • Albany Marina Club, Nassau, The Bahamas
  • Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club – Great Guana Cay, The Bahamas
  • Cap Cana Club – Dominican Republic
  • Castiglion del Bosco Club – Montalcino, Italy
  • Chileno Bay Club – Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Club Punta Mita – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Cove Club, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • El Dorado Golf & Beach Club – Los Cabos, Mexico
  • El Rio Country Club – Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Half Moon Bay – Anguilla, British West Indies
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club – Worldwide
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Anguilla – Anguilla, British West Indies
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of Canada – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club St. Lucia – St. Lucia, West Indies
  • La Playa Golf & Beach Club, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Killeen Castle Golf Club – Dublin, Ireland
  • Loch Lomond Golf Club – Dumbartonshire, Scotland
  • Palmas del Mar Club – Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • Peninsula Papagayo Club – Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club, Playa Grande, Dominican Republic
  • Punta Brava Club – Ensenada, Mexico
  • Reserva Conchal Club – Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
  • Royal Westmoreland Golf Club – Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
  • Skolkovo Golf Club, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Sugarhill Club – Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
  • The Club at Quivira – Los Cabos, Mexico
  • The Club at Seaside Mariana – San Rafael Del Sur, Nicaragua
  • The Kinloch Club – Taupo, New Zealand
  • The Tucker’s Point Golf, Beach & Tennis Club – Tucker’s Town, Bermuda
  • The Yacht Club at Ocean Club Residences & Marina – Paradise Island, The Bahamas
  • Twin Dolphin Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico

Contact

Robert P. Giesen
Co-founder & Partner
1200 North Federal Highway
Suite 200
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Phone: 561.210.8476
Fax: 561.210.8477
Cell: 561.602.1168
rgiesen@gkclublaw.com

Kevin Kenny
Co-founder & Partner
Tampa, Florida
Phone: 813.309.2824
kkenny@gkclublaw.com

 

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