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Mar 30, 2015
New Glacier Course


(DURANGO, CO) The historic mining town of Durango, once the rough and tumble Old West domain of gamblers, cowboys, and gunfights is also a neighbor to the private golf community, the Glacier Club. The beautiful, rugged landscape has offered the perfect backdrop for Wild West movies, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Now it will serve as the perfect backdrop for a new golf course at the Glacier Club. According to Golf Course Architecture, Hale Irwin is working alongside Todd Schoeder on the design of nine new holes at the club. Currently, the club has 27 holes, consisting of three nines. One of those nines will become part of the new design that will form the 18-hole Glacier Course. Irwin told Golf Course Architecture, “The views are absolutely spectacular. There’s not one bad look anywhere. In the design process we wanted to make every hole a painting – each uniquely different, and pleasing to the eye. At Glacier Club we’ve had this great canvas on which to paint a beautiful golf course.”

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Mar 27, 2015
Giving Back


(WEST PALM BEACH, FL)  Life is pretty good for residents at Ibis Golf & Country Club. They enjoy a beautiful private community in West Palm Beach, three Nicklaus family-designed courses, and have the popular host of Golf Channel’s “School of Golf,” Martin Hall, as their director of golf instruction. But residents here don’t take their luxurious lifestyle lightly. Over 500 of them came out this past weekend to raise money for the Ibis Charities Foundation and Ibis Friends of Veterans. During the record-breaking weekend they raised over $235,000 by participating in cards, tennis, and golf.  The funds will support local charities, including pediatric oncology, Quantum House, Palm Beach School for Autism, Wounded Warriors of South Florida, Stand Down House, and the newly-established Veterans Resource Center at the Palm Beach State Campus. Residents also donated over 21,000 pounds of food and $13,000 for the annual Ibis food drive benefitting the Palm Beach County Food Bank.  Well done!

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Mar 25, 2015
Out on a Limb


(NEW ORLEANS, LA) No doubt, it wasn’t the end Jonathan Boover envisioned when he climbed midway up a large cypress tree 11 days ago in an effort to keep a new $24.5 million golf course in New Orleans from being built. According to The Times-Picayune, Boover fell from the tree shortly before 11 a.m on Tuesday and was carried away on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance. “Witnesses say Boover may have broken his nose and injured his foot and knee in the fall. He had been running low on supplies, witnesses said, and was likely weak from hunger when he flipped out of his hammock perched midway up the tree,” the newspaper reports. The new golf course in City Park will necessitate the removal of about 110 trees, about half of those are invasive trees or already dead, says City Park CEO Bob Becker. We’re not sure how many of those trees have already been removed…except one. Shortly after Boover fell from his perch, that particular cypress tree was immediately cut down.

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Mar 25, 2015
Out on a Limb


(NEW ORLEANS, LA) No doubt, it wasn’t the end Jonathan Boover envisioned when he climbed midway up a large cypress tree 11 days ago in an effort to keep a new $24.5 million golf course in New Orleans from being built. According to The Times-Picayune, Boover fell from the tree shortly before 11 a.m on Tuesday and was carried away on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance. “Witnesses say Boover may have broken his nose and injured his foot and knee in the fall. He had been running low on supplies, witnesses said, and was likely weak from hunger when he flipped out of his hammock perched midway up the tree,” the newspaper reports. The new golf course in City Park will necessitate the removal of about 110 trees, about half of those are invasive trees or already dead, says City Park CEO Bob Becker. We’re not sure how many of those trees have already been removed…except one. Shortly after Boover fell from his perch, that particular cypress tree was immediately cut down.

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Mar 23, 2015
Arizona’s Best


(RIO VERDE, AZ)  Rio Verde Country Club and Golf Community, located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains at the edge of the Tonto National Forest northeast of Scottsdale, has been voted the No. 1 “Private Golf Course” and “Active Adult Community” by Ranking Arizona: the Best of Arizona Business. The rankings, published annually by Arizona Business Magazine, include more than 250 categories and 2000-plus entries. The Lehman Design Group renovated Rio Verde’s Quail Run and White Wing golf courses, a $6.5 million project modernizing both layouts while retaining their “soft desert” playability. Par-72 Quail Run – playing to 6,602-yards – sports a traditional design reminiscent of America’s great Midwestern golf venues. The par-70, 6,535-yard White Wing features links-style elements such as fairway mounding, open green fronts and stacked-sod bunkering.

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