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Sep 26, 2014
Half-Million Dollar Greens


(SALEM, SC) The pieces are coming back together at The Cliffs. The seven-community, seven-course community went through bankruptcy a few years back and a change in ownership. But if there was ever any doubt the 23,000-acre, two-state community was here to stay, their ongoing commitment to enhance and upgrade their offerings should quell those fears. A year ago, the long-awaited Gary Player design, Mountain Park, opened to great acclaim. And now, they have reopened their Keowee Fall Jack Nicklaus course after a $450,000 upgrade that included replacing all 18 Bentgrass greens with Champion Bermudagrass. They also added a short game facility to the course. It’s all part of a strategic plan designed to return The Cliffs to the ranks of the country’s premier private communities. A celebratory tournament to officially reopen The Cliffs at Keowee Falls to members was held at the end of August.

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Sep 24, 2014
Cutting Edge


(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) Members at Ibis Golf & Country Club, who tend to trend younger than at most other country clubs, know what they want and aren’t afraid to pay for it. The club has just announced that it will cut the ribbon on its all-new 15,000 sq. ft. sports village on October 7. The complex, which features a California-style bistro with healthy dining options, expanded tennis center and shop, fitness facilities featuring interactive equipment, fitness classrooms, resort-style pool, lap pool, kids’ pool play area, full-service 4,500 sq. ft. spa, and a state-of-the-art Yoga space, effectively doubles the club’s facilities. And its grand opening only marks the completion of Phase 1 of Ibis’s $33 million Capital Improvement Project aimed at keeping the club on the cutting edge of industry trends. Did we mention that Ibis members already enjoy three Nicklaus-family-designed golf courses, practice greens, 14 Har-Tru tennis courts, bocce courts, basketball courts, on-site physical therapy, kids’ camp and sports clinics, a dog park, and bike lane? 

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Sep 22, 2014
Millennial Madness


NEW YORK) Maybe they’re just not in a hurry. Seems Millennials, that would be anyone between the ages 18-34, aren’t moving out of their parents’ homes and they aren’t getting married. (Who can blame them for not getting married if they have to spend their wedded bliss in mom and dad’s basement.) There is plenty of blame to go around for this situation besides youthful malaise. The job market is sluggish, they owe a lot on their student loans,  and banks aren’t exactly lining up to lend them mortgage money. All that said, home ownership among this age group has fallen to a new low of 13.2%, according to an analysis by Trulia of Census Bureau data. But Trulia says it’s even worse than that. Even those who do finally make it out of their parent’s home are renting or buying a home. They are simply moving in with their friends, siblings or other relatives. Well, at least they’re out of your basement.

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Sep 19, 2014
Downtown Upswing


(CHARLESTON, SC)  Daniel Island already has plenty going for it. The charms of historic Charleston are within easy reach. The island’s in-town country club, the Daniel Island Club, boasts the country’s only single-property pairing of private golf courses by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones. And its two professional sports facilities, the Family Circle Tennis Center and Blackbaud Soccer Stadium, bring professional sporting events to town. Now the island’s downtown is getting an infusion of new growth. Two properties in the center of town will incorporate offices, retail space and high-end residential options. Also in the planning stages are a luxury apartment community and a 130-unit independent living community for seniors over age 55. All this while new apartments in the center of town are quickly nearing completion.

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Sep 17, 2014
Yukking It Up


(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) After a wind-battered winter round on America's Toughest Resort Course," who couldn’t use some good laughs? Kiawah Island Golf Resort will give their guests a chance to do just that this January with their first annual Kiawah Comedy Weekend.  The event runs January 23-25, 2015 with two nights featuring lineups of nationally recognized, clean comedians with credits including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show, Conan and networks including Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CMT and many more. The performances, which will be different each night, will take place at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Comedians slated to appear include Julie Scoggins, Mike Armstrong, Jeff Jena, Sid Davis, Danny Browning, Keith Alberstadt and Bengt Washburn. Weekend packages are being offered that include special seating at both nights of comedy performances, a special Q & A session with select comedians, and accommodations in a West Beach Villa or at the Sanctuary. Sounds like the kind of weekend the European Ryder Cup team could have used back in 1991. 

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