Jul 13, 2015
Seaside Resort Renovation

(PONTE VEDRA, FL) A northeast Florida landmark since its opening in 1928, the historic Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers some pretty great views of the Atlantic Ocean. Now would be a great time to take in those views as Ponte Vedra has just completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its 66 oceanfront guestrooms. Each suite, preferred room, and deluxe room facing the ocean underwent a complete renovation, including new mahogany furniture, new wall paint, fresh carpet and beach-themed artwork. The new interior design (by Hirsch Bedner Associates) also includes plush bedding, new windows and doors, travertine stone flooring, decorative whitewash ceiling finish, new lighting and mirrors in baths, and high-definition televisions. The fountain courtyard was also updated. When you come to this AAA Five-Diamond rated oceanfront resort, don’t forget your clubs. Ponte Vedra’s two picturesque and challenging 18-hole courses each offer its own distinct seaside links flavor.

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Jul 10, 2015
Lofty Digs

(LOS CABOS, MEXICO) These views will not be hard to take. Coronado, set on a desert ridge high above the sea at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, is the newest and most exclusive residential community within Quivira Los Cabos. The premier 22-acre community will feature 68 one-story, Mexican hacienda-style homes, all with fantastic ocean panoramas as well as views of the rolling fairways at nearby Quivira Golf Club. Marked by sheer cliffs, windswept dunes and rolling desert foothills, the Nicklaus Signature course at Quivira has redefined the Cabo golf experience with a dazzling 7,139-yard layout that meanders along cliffs, dunes, ravines and beaches, offering ocean views from all 18 holes. Living options at Coronado include five different model options ranging from 3,700 to 4,400 square feet. These beautifully detailed four- and five-bedroom homes offer some of the most beautiful outdoor living spaces in Los Cabos. Although secluded, the residences at Coronado are a mere five minutes from the vibrant fun of downtown Cabo San Lucas, with all the restaurants, shopping, fishing, nightlife and recreational activities that make it a world-class destination. Construction is slated to begin in September 2015.

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Jul 08, 2015
At the Top of Its Game

(BIG SKY, MT) The redemption stories in private golf communities continue to impress. Just six years ago, the Yellowstone Club was a hot mess in the aftermath of the well-publicized divorce of its owners and the ensuing bankruptcy. Today, the club is thriving thanks to new ownership that has retired the debt and invested millions in improvements. Nearly $1 billion in real estate has sold in the last two years and membership has doubled. Yellowstone has recently debuted a new neighborhood on the Tom Weiskopf-designed mountain golf course. The first home is already built and two more are under construction. Also underway is a spectacular new clubhouse, designed by Reid Smith, that offers panoramic views from Lone Peak to the north, to the Spanish Peaks, Gallatin Range, Ramshorn Mountain—all the way south towards Electric Peak and Yellowstone Park. “The footprint of the building mimics the topography and views, with appendages that radius out from a centralized curved lobby and bar area,” says architect Smith. “The building sits at the edge of a bluff, conveniently located above the first hole, allowing guests to observe the incoming golfers finishing up on the 18th green.” With over 500 families, Yellowstone is well on its way to reaching its cap of 864 households.

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Jul 06, 2015
Real Estate Masters

(STUART, FL) There can’t be much left in the golf world that Jack Nicklaus has left to conquer. His family real estate company, Golden Bear Realty, is making its move into the private golf community arena. Founded and directed by Jack’s son, Michael, it recently announced a new partnership with Mariner Sands Country Club as its preferred on-site real estate brokerage company. Golden Bear Realty will oversee all Mariner Sands real estate operations, including marketing, property listing, sales and rentals. Florida’s Loxahatchee Club was the first club to partner with Golden Bear Realty. Specializing in Florida and South Carolina real estate, Golden Bear Realty’s Stephen Jara  says, "We understand the club business. Our management team for each club has experience in country club management and we understand the importance of selling lifestyles, which sells memberships and homes." According to their website, the boutique real estate agency will help you locate financing and negotiate on your behalf to obtain the most favorable terms, in addition to helping you find a property that best suits your lifestyle. With the Nicklaus family’s reputation for excellence and integrity, Golden Bear Realty certainly warrants a close look for homebuyers with an eye on Florida and South Carolina.

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Jul 03, 2015
New Partnership

(SYLVA, NC) Was it really just five years ago, that Balsam Mountain Preserve’s original developers lost ownership in a 2010 foreclosure? Since then, the news for this premier private golf community has been good enough to shout from the mountaintop. Real estates sales have steadily climbed over the last few years, and last month an unprecedented partnership between a successful North Carolina real estate developer and several community homeowners has resulted in new ownership. Real estate entrepreneur Chris Manning formally completed the purchase of the development on June 8th. An experienced developer and operator of golf courses, real estate and lifestyle communities, Manning has been involved in the development of more than 5,000 residential units in the Carolinas with a combined value of more than $450 million over the past fifteen years. What makes this transaction unique is the partnership he created with the community’s homeowners who invested in the purchase and have contributed significant capital resources to ensure a number of improvement initiatives are fully funded in advance and can be implemented immediately. Among these are improvements to the golf course, the design and construction of a clubhouse complex and the start of a homebuilding project to include golf cottages and townhomes that will appeal to the families looking for more of a “lock and leave” product as opposed to a traditional single family residence. Perhaps even more unique is that the developer and homeowners are in step with each other.

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