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Playground of the rich and famous: Exclusive Montana club where Tom Brady, Bill Gates and Justin Timberlake relax - and members must OWN a home, pay $400,000 to join and hand ...


a members-only oasis on its own mountain in Montana - and, while Brady recovers from the Patriots' devastating Super Bowl defeat on Sunday, at least he can take comfort in the fact that he's among a select group of people who own homes here. The Club ...


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By Sheila Flynn Published: 09:22 EST, 5 February 2018 | Updated: 11:27 EST, 5 February 2018 e-mail var twitterVia = 'MailOnline'; DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.has('shareLinkTop', 'shareLinks', { 'id': '5353663', 'title': 'Exclusive members-only Yellowstone Club in Montana for millionaires', 'url': 'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5353663/Members-Yellowstone-Club-Montana-millionaires.html', 'eTwitterStatus': ' http://dailym.ai/2FKZgIf via @' + twitterVia, 'articleChannelFollowButton': 'MailOnline', 'isChannel': false, 'hideEmail': true, 'placement': 'top', 'anchor': 'tl'}); }); 261 shares 98 View comments DM.later('bundle', function(){ DMS.Article.init('top'); }); In the summer before this year's football season, on a warm and sunny July day, Tom Brady reclined on a massage table in an airy room furnished with dark wood and stone, a chandelier made of antlers hanging from the ceiling and the lush Montana countryside visible through the windowsHis Patriots teammates were hanging around, too, and on this particular trip together they raced ATVs through the stunning landscape and played golf, both on the course and virtually in another lavish, Western-themed room – teasing each other as a Patriots game played on a huge flatscreen TV and swiping snacks from the spread on a table underneath it.This is the playground of the rich and famousIt’s called the Yellowstone Club, a members-only oasis on its own mountain in Montana - and, while Brady recovers from the Patriots' devastating Super Bowl defeat on Sunday, at least he can take comfort in the fact that he's among a select group of people who own homes here.The Club sprawls across 15,200 acres, and Brady is far from the only famous face walking the groundsBill and Melinda Gates have a place here, as does Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica BielGoogle founder Eric Schmidt is another neighborFox Sports reporter Erin Andrews and former NHL player Jarrett Stoll got married here last June in a lavish ceremonyFormer Vice President Dan Quayle is rumored to own a home in the resortIt was to Yellowstone Club that Ashton Kutcher whisked his latest squeeze after his divorce from Demi Moore; Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey rang in the New Year here just a few weeks ago The Yellowstone Club, in Big Sky, Montana, bills itself as ‘the world’s only private ski, golf and adventure community’ whose ‘superior amenities, easy charm and overwhelming natural beauty present an incomparable venue for luxurious mountain living, year-round recreation, and cherished family traditions' The members-only resort boasts 2,700 acres of 'Private Powder' (they’ve trademarked the phrase), as well as 18 lifts, more than 100 trails of varying difficulty, drops of 2,700 vertical feet and a terrain park for snowboarders and skiers Yellowstone Club prides itself on the resort's exclusivity and privacy, employing ‘a professional public safety and security staff’ as well as having its own fire department and emergency medical services team Tom Brady, left, overlooks the ruggedly beautiful landscape surrounding Yellowstone Club with Patriots teammate Julian Edelman, center, and trainer Alex Guerrero in a scene from Facebook Watch show Tom vsTime Brady and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen (left) are among the most famous of the Yellowstone Club members, as are singer Justin Timberlake and his wife, actress Jessica Biel (right)Joining – or even visiting – the club is no small featOnly members or members’ guests are allowed in, and the fee for entry into that elite circle is payable only by those with the deepest pocketsYou must own property at the resort to be a member; options range from condominiums (they start at just under $5million) to huge, custom-built mansions (an example: a six-bedroom, nine-bathroom pile for a cool $16million) to ranches that range from 160 to 360 acres, with price tags of up to $25million.Once you’re a committed property owner, then you can fork out $400,000 to become a Yellowstone Club member – as well as $41,500 a year in duesThe Club bills itself as ‘the world’s only private ski, golf and adventure community’ whose ‘superior amenities, easy charm and overwhelming natural beauty present an incomparable venue for luxurious mountain living, year-round recreation, and cherished family traditions.’ Tom Brady was visibly upset after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in dramatic fashion in Minneapolis on Sunday nightTo maintain its exclusivity, the Yellowstone Club has set a limit of 864 members.Promotional materials boast: ‘Yellowstone Club is approximately one hour from Bozeman, Montana, giving Members and their guests access from major metropolitan areas throughout the country by way of commercial airline or private jet service;’ XOJET is the preferred private jet charter of the Club and offers exclusive fixed-rate pricing for members and guestsTransfers to and from the airport can be arranged by car or helicopter.And once members and their guests have arrived, there’s more than enough to keep them entertained (members reportedly spend an average of 60 days at Yellowstone Club per year)The resort offers 2,700 acres of ‘Private Powder’ (they’ve trademarked the phrase), as well as 18 lifts, more than 100 trails of varying difficulty, drops of 2,700 vertical feet and a terrain park for snowboarders and skiers.Off the piste, there’s an 18-hole golf course designed by British Open and Senior Open champion Tom Weiskopf (he and his wife, obviously, are also Yellowstone members.) The vibe is supposed to be relaxed and casual; the champion golfer said in one interview that he’s happy to ‘play in jeans all the time.’‘You’re in Montana, for God’s sake,’ he said in 2016‘It’s still the Wild West.’ That attitude extends to dining; options range from gourmet to ‘Montana casual.’ There’s Lakeside Lobby, where members can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and all-day coffee (the breakfast buffet used to be a caviar bar.) But membership fees don’t cover the options at the Club’s myriad other eateries.Warren Miller Lodge – named for the skier and filmmaker who was a beloved member and central to Yellowstone before his death last month – functions as something of an epicenter for the ClubThe building offers dining, lounge areas, shopping, concierge services, a spa, fitness center and business centerThere’s the seasonal Timberline Café at the top of the Lodge Lift, as well as the Frost Bite Diner and an elegant dining room in the Rainbow Lodge, which was renovated last year, doubling its square footageVisitors and members can also enjoy ‘sugar shacks’ dotted all over the mountain, stocked with candy and drinks for their enjoyment, along with comfort stations on the golf course.  more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Horrifying moment burglary suspects run over police officer Watch video Horrifying moment worker shoots his boss before killing himself Watch video Grand theft auto goes wrong when thief gets stuck in truck Watch video Comedian Kevin Hart talks about storming NFL Network set drunk Watch video Meet real-life Robinson Crusoe who makes fire with PLASTIC BAG Watch video Man takes advantage of unconscious drunk woman on Las Vegas strip Watch video Eagles fans scale Ritz Carlton awning causing collapse Watch video Shocking moment Eagles fan eats horse excrement Watch video Ram Trucks use Martin Luther King speech in Super Bowl ad Watch video 'This is for our guys!': Russian pilot takes his own life in Syria Watch video Yatsey the Vulture killed by lion at Colchester Zoo Watch video 'I'm deeply sorry' Gavin Newsom apologizes for affair in 2007 DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.has("p-31", 'ChannelCarouselModule', { "activeClass" : "wocc", "pageCount" : "3.0", "pageSize" : 1, "onPos": 0, "updateStyleOnHover": true }); }); Brady and his buddies enjoy a round of golf on the estate, which features a multitude of year-round entertainment including  fitness facilities with personal training, tennis courts, basketball courts, paddle tennis courts, an outdoor pool, spa, treatment rooms, and locker rooms A range of accommodation is available at the Club, where all members must be property owners in addition to paying a $400,000 deposit and $41,500 in annual dues The Rainbow Lodge at Yellowstone Club was recently renovated and includes a dining room and kitchen expansion, patio, two spas, copper pool and a workout facility with men’s and women’s locker rooms The Club is located 'approximately one hour from Bozeman, Montana, giving Members and their guests access from major metropolitan areas throughout the country by way of commercial airline or private jet service;’ XOJET is the preferred private jet charter of the Club and offers exclusive fixed-rate pricing for members and guestsTransfers to and from the airport can be arranged by car or helicopter The homes at Yellowstone Club - where members spend an average of 60 days a year - range in size and style, running from condominiums to custom-built houses and ranches that can reach 360 acres and $25million Yellowstone Club features its own mountain, with the resort's common areas and private homes offering spectacular views Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, left, wed former NHL player Jarrett Stoll last year in a lavish ceremony at Yellowstone Club, which counts Bill and Melinda Gates, right, as members A major perk, for members, is the programming for childrenThere’s a youth center with a movie theater, rock climbing wall, indoor basketball, arts and crafts, dining and an arcade; staff also provide supervised daytime activities and day careThe Yellowstone Club also offers a ‘whimsical, kid-focused mountain play area in the trees.’So family-focused is the Club, in fact, that Timberlake and Biel decided they should raise their son in Montana.‘They want to raise him out of the spotlight,’ Us Weekly reported in 2015, quoting an ‘insider.’ Another source told the magazine that Biel, who spent part of her youth in Colorado, ‘is happiest when she’s in the mountains.’But perhaps the most impressive quality of the Club for members – particularly, according to reports, Timberlake – is the privacy and securityThe property employs ‘a professional public safety and security staff,’ allegedly run by a former member of the Secret Service, and has its own fire department and emergency medical services teamUnlike other hives of the rich and famous – London, Los Angeles or New York, for example – there’s basically no threat of being caught by the paparazzi or pesky fans Yellowstone Club was the brainchild of timber baron Tim Blixseth and his wife Edra, but the resort went bankrupt in 2008; it turned out Blixseth couldn't repay a $375million Credit Suisse loan and had spent much of that money to fund his own lavish lifestyleWriter Anne Helen Peterson, in a piece for Buzzfeed exploring Timberlake’s upcoming album Man of the Woods, writes: ‘As several people who’ve visited have told me, when Timberlake is in any of the club’s tony public spaces, guests are quietly asked not to “request selfies with MrTimberlake.”’Many lucky non-members who have earned an invitation, however, have certainly gushed about the Club and its offeringsThere are barely any reviews of the resort on Facebook or Tripadvisor, for example, given the notoriously slim chance of scoring a trip.One Reno woman, writing on TripAdvisor in April 2014, posted: ‘Friends invited us to this insane resort – for those that can afford the kajillion dollar house on the property and the yearly dues – can enjoy private powder and fabulous amenitiesWill be difficult to ski elsewhere after this week! “Cavity shacks” on the mountain stocked with candy and cookies, soup and soda, fabulous bar and food, a kid area with climbing gyms, movie theaters, video gamesAnd a diner … 4 star spaOverall a glimpse of how the elite live!!!’Another less enthusiastic poster, however, derided the experience of visiting Yellowstone Club as a prospective member and  homeownerUser Cands2009, writing in June 2016, labeled the club an 'elitist mecca.'You want to go somewhere (if you can be fortunate enough to be invited) that is so over the top elitist and pretentious you can smell it down the road? This is it for you.'It is truly a prime example of what is starting to go wrong with the Big Sky areaHeck you have to write an essay about your family and work life to even be invited in to look at properties,' the user wrote, adding: 'The real locals despise the place and most of the people in it for what they have brought to the area.'We were looking to possibly invest in a property in here and are so glad we did some digging around before we did. 'Yes the grounds are beautiful but it comes at a great price, literally and figuratively.'  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Two sides of Tom: Brady trades jabs with his Patriots... 'He will never play football': Justin Timberlake sparks... 'He's on my list': Justin Timberlake names Toms Brady as his... Share this article Share DM.later('bundle', function(){ if (DM.Rotator) { new DM.Rotator('p-51', { pageSize: 1, pageCount: 1.0, activeClass: 'active', rotate: false }); } $('#p-51 .share').on('click', function() { DMS.Facebook.postToFB('related'); }); }); And it does seem that not all Montanans are enamoured with the resort, as many seem to enjoy poking fun at the uber-wealthy expounding upon their love of the state (yet rarely, if ever, leaving their exclusive resort)Justin Timberlake’s new album, Man of the Woods, seems influenced by a Western, and possibly Montanan, feel, with songs such as ‘Flannel’ and a video teaser for the record showing the pensive singer in landscapes with wild horses and mountains that look remarkably more like Montana than Timberlake’s native TennesseeHis claim on the teaser that the album is overwhelmingly influenced by ‘where I’m from’ was pounced upon with glee by residents of Montana. ‘The teaser was a boon to Montana Twitter, which quickly began to bust on JT for doing silly stuff that real Montanans don’t do, like wrap themselves in blankets and have enough money to buy a place at the Yellowstone Club,’ a tongue-in-cheek write-up proclaimed in the Missoula Independent.  The Yellowstone Club has also drawn the ire of locals for environmental reasons; the resort paid the state of Montana more than $90,000 in penalties last year after spilling nearly 30 million gallons of treated wastewater into the Gallatin River in March 2016.  Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey, right - who is married to television producer Mark Burnett - recently posted photos on social media of her New Year's celebration at Yellowstone Club, left Non-members who've scored an invitation have raved about Yellowstone Club on TripAdvisor, which features only 19 reviews of the resort - understandably, given the incredibly slim chance of being invited Other users have expressed distaste for Yellowstone Club, and many local Montanans seem to enjoy poking fun at the uber-wealthy expounding upon their love of the state (yet rarely, if ever, leaving their exclusive resort) British Open champion Tom Weiskopf designed the 18-hole golf course at Yellowstone Club, where he is also a member To maintain its exclusivity, the Yellowstone Club has capped its membership at 864; following the resort's 2008 bankruptcy, it was purchased by CrossHarbor Capital, of Boston, whose managing director Sam Byrne is a member  Byrne told website New West in 2009: ‘It’s a unique person that wants to be here in southwest MontanaThis isn’t Aspen, it isn’t Vail, there is a family focus, and a focus on skiing, an extraordinary experience, that’s what it needs to be about’And that wasn’t the first bump in the road for the Yellowstone Club since its inception in the late 1990s, when it was founded by timber baron Tim Blixseth and his third wife, EdraThe couple divorced and the club spiralled into bankruptcy in 2008, ‘launching a decade-long saga that pitted Blixseth against the club’s creditors, Montana tax authorities, the federal judiciary and banking giant Credit Suisse, which loaned the club $375 million that it was later unable to fully repay,’ The Associated Press reported. It turned out that Blixseth had used much of the money to fund a lavish and jet-setting lifestyle, to the anger of other investors, which he claimed was part of an effort to create an international luxury vacation club modeled after Yellowstone.  Yellowstone Club Liquidating Trust, which represented the club’s creditors, spent years pursuing him in federal court – even placing Blixseth’s house under surveillance as they suspected he had hidden assets.The saga also landed Blixseth in jail in 2015; he served 14 months behind bars on a civil contempt order for failing to account for the money from the sale of a resort in Mexico.Just last month, Blixseth and his creditors reached a $3million settlement - an astoundingly low sum, given how much money remained unaccounted for.But Club members and creditors were determined not to let the resort fall into ignominy amidst the bankruptcy mess, and in 2009 it was bought by CrossHarbor Capital Partners of Boston – whose managing partner, Sam Byrne, is a Yellowstone memberThey bought it for $115million, considered a bargain basement price.‘It’s going to take time to win back the trust of members and the community and re-establish the brand,’ he said at the time of the sale‘We’re confident that the place has a bright future.’To his credit, that optimism seems to have been well-foundedThe resort has grown in size, both physically and in membership, and the exclusivity remains fully intactThe rich and famous still flock there, drawn to the mountain of no-expense-spared and privacy.‘It’s a unique person that wants to be here in southwest Montana,’ Byrne told website New West in 2009‘This isn’t Aspen, it isn’t Vail, there is a family focus, and a focus on skiing, an extraordinary experience, that’s what it needs to be about.’  adverts.addToArray({"pos":"inread_player"}) Share or comment on this article e-mail 261 shares These folks live in an alternate reality. by DontModerateMeBro 277 var twitterVia = 'MailOnline'; 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