Sep 09, 2016
Welcome to the Agrihood

(HAMPSHIRE, IL) Some of it has to do with the desire for farm-fresh food or reconnecting to nature. And plenty of it has to do with developer costs. For a multitude of reasons, agrihoods have become a hot commodity for residential communities. The concept isn’t new, but agrihoods are gaining in popularity, Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow for the Urban Land Institute, tells Dow Jones’ MarketWatch. He tracks about 200 agrihoods, where residential development coexists with farmland. Twenty years ago, there were maybe five or 10, and they were often called “conservation communities,” developments where green space wasn’t an afterthought, McMahon says. For those who buy homes in golf course communities for the green space and not the golf, agrihoods offer an attractive alternative with the added benefit of farm-fresh food. One such community is Serosun Farms, about 50 miles outside Chicago, where 75 percent of the development will be reserved for farming and open space. Sounds inviting, but we’d still like to fit a round of golf into our leisure time.

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Sep 07, 2016
Thundering Hooves

(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) We’ve been to Kiawah Island for the golf, the beach, and the superb amenities. But never for horse racing. That will change next month when the rare Marsh Tacky, South Carolina’s State Heritage Horse, races the beaches of Kiawah for the first time. The Marsh Tacky is a unique strain of Colonial Spanish Horse found only in South Carolina and is one of the most endangered horse breeds in the world. They once roamed freely by the hundreds through the South Carolina Sea Islands and Lowcountry but their numbers neared extinction as tractors, trucks, and development took the place of horsepower. Today, there are less than 400 Marsh Tackies left. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Kiawah Cares Foundation (KCF) will host the inaugural Kiawah Cup Island Beach Race in partnership with the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kiawah Cares Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life of Kiawah’s rural neighbors on Johns and Wadmalaw islands.

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Sep 02, 2016
Sales High

(FLAGSTAFF, AZ) At an elevation of 7,000 feet, Forest Highlands sits high in the mountains of Arizona. But it’s not just the elevation that reaches sky high here, 2016 has seen real estate sales hit an all-time high with nearly $23 million sold as of mid-August. The community, two hours from Phoenix, is home to two Tom Weiskopf-designed golf courses and recently completed a $6.75 million renovation to both its clubhouses. The renovation focused on enhancing the outdoor spaces of the two clubhouses, and modernized dining rooms, added a new children’s center, expanded the family recreation areas, upgraded the fitness center, and updated the locker room area. The clubhouse created more outdoor experiences with expanded dining and lounge locations on the wraparound decks. The dining rooms were also enhanced and modernized with a new luxury look and feel. The upgrades also included new fitness equipment, massage rooms, steam rooms, exercise room, an updated locker area and a new flex space exercise room.

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Aug 31, 2016
The Little Course That Could

(SANDWICH, MA) The golf course business is a tough one, even when it’s on a miniature scale. And while full-sized golf courses seem to be selling to the highest bidding developer at an alarming rate, this course, on some of the most valuable real estate in the country is not for sale. Boston’s NPR News Station, WBUR, reports that Mo and Sylvia Burke, whose Sandwich Mini Golf sits on land worth over $1 million, refuse to sell. Hard to blame them. Mo began building the course in 1950 when he was just 15 years old. It wasn’t much of a money maker until Cape Cod’s tourism industry exploded in the 1970s. Now in his 80s, Mo could take the money and run. But he won’t. As WBUR reports, “After 66 years of working on the course, Mo just doesn't seem to know how to stop.” Guess there’s still a little “quaint” left in old Cape Cod.

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Aug 29, 2016
Room at the Inn

(BEND, OR) With one of the most scenic locations in the country, side-by-side Jack Nicklaus Signature and Tom Fazio Championship courses, a region that serves up some of the world’s greatest craft beers, and world-class outdoor activities, Pronghorn has always been one of our favorite destinations. Now, with work begun on a three-story hotel, there should always be plenty of room to stay. The Bulletin reports that the resort has started grading the site that will house Huntington Lodge, a 68,757-square-foot, 104-room hotel that’s expected to open by the fall of 2017. Plans for the hotel have been in the works for some time. The resort initially planned to build a hotel in 2004, but an underground lava tube was discovered during utility construction, putting the project on hold. Then the real estate recession pushed the project further down the road. This time, it looks like it’s a go.

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