1494 has recently launched as a private membership club that will act as the link between whisky distilleries and collectors and serve as a whisky curator for its distinguished clientele. They have formed a partnership with Connoisseur Golf and together will host 1494 founding members on a Founders Golf and Distillery trip to Scotland in June 2013. 1494 will also be utilizing Connoisseur Golf’s services for its members and for subsequent trips to Scotland.
Connoisseur Golf provides bespoke luxury golf travel for individuals and businesses looking to experience the ultimate golf vacation to Scotland. They use their extensive knowledge of golf in Scotland, alongside their exclusive contracts with the best courses and hotels, to offer the most luxurious golf vacations imaginable. Scotland has over 500 courses, which have all created spellbinding drama over the years, and Connoisseur Golf affords their clients the opportunity to make their own little piece of history, and follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous golfers. This history, combined with their outstanding personal service, makes Connoisseur Golf the ideal partner for 1494 and its discerning members.
1494 officially launched on 1 June 2012 — celebrating the spirit’s 518th anniversary. The organization’s name pays homage to the first written record of Scotch Whisky’s distillation at the orders of Scotland’s Renaissance King James IV on 1 June 1494.
Carrying on the King’s fondness for the ardent spirit, 1494 will continue to celebrate the distinct character, rich heart and undying passion that bring Scotch whisky to life on the human palette. Setting the gold standard for the New York City private-membership experience, 1494 has spared no detail in perfecting a membership model that features exclusive benefits and privileges befitted to royalty.
1494 and Connoisseur Golf are working together to ensure that the Founders Golf and Distillery trip is the trip of a lifetime for these discerning travellers They work in conjunction with all the renowned golf hotels and resorts in Scotland and ground transportation by chauffeur-driven Mercedes. They also offer both helicopter transfers and chartered private jets, in addition to a complete range of on-site concierge service.
The Founders Golf and Distillery trip will include:
- Private Jet:New York-Edinburghroundtrip
- Welcome Cocktails and Dinner
- Personal Chauffeured Mercedes 24/7 with Concierge/Driver
- Golf on The Old Course,St. Andrews; The PGA Centenary Course; Gleneagles; Royal Troon and Turnberry
- Helicopter Transfers
- Full Scottish Breakfast overlooking the Courses each morning
- Private Dinners
- Six nights in Executive Suites at The 5* Old Course Hotel,St Andrews
- One night in a Member Room at an exclusive private championship course
- Meet Host Member Gordon Sherry (Former British Amateur Champion/Walker Cup Player)
- Clay Shooing at theGleneaglesGunSchool
- Two nights in Deluxe Ocean View Suites at The 5* Turnberry Resort
- 3 VIP Distillery Tours arranged by 1494
1494 Founding membership annual dues are $175,000.
Through 1494, a select number of members benefit from collective buying power, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the luxuries that surround the collection of and investment in Single Malt Scotch Whisky. 1494 members range from top international whisky collectors to Scottish royalty. In an ever-changing world 1494’s services, amenities and benefits are constantly evolving. 1494 provides their members with exclusive offers and benefits from their strategic partners, and their commitment to the worlds most coveted liquid.
For more information on 1494 and whisky as an investment, please view David Clelland’s recent appearance on Bloomberg TV’s Money Moves:
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