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Mar 06, 2015
Oh, Canada!


(KEMBLE, Ontario) Thinking north of the border to get more bang for your U.S. buck? Ontario’s waterfront golf resort community, Cobble Beach, has just introduced its Lake House Collection. Smartly and efficiently designed, these cottage-style bungalow homes offer all the flexibility you could ever want. Your taste runs toward a one-bedroom and square footage that can be vacuumed from one electrical outlet? There’s a model for that. Want to blow it out to three bedrooms and 2.5 baths with loft? You got it. There’s a model for that. The six designs range from 1,380 to 2,163 square-feet and start at $379,000. There’s something for nearly everyone here: empty-nesters, young families or couples, even vacation homeowners in search of the perfect hideaway. Did we mention that a full golf membership – a $30,000 value – is included with the home purchase? (And until May 31, a second membership is being offered for half-price, $7,500.) You’re going to want that membership so you can spend as much time as possible on the Doug Carrick-designed, links-style course.

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Mar 04, 2015
Free Tesla


(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) There’s no golf course or golf club membership included, but a new high-end condo development in the golf-rich region of West Palm Beach does include a free $70,000 Tesla Model S with every unit. The luxe car goes from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and has a driving range of up to 270 miles. That should get you to plenty of tee times without spending a dime on gas. The Z Palm Beach Residences, which start at $2.3 million (they are only 8 of them), bring green-tech to a luxurious level. Averaging 4,000-sq. ft. each, the units include biometric security systems, solar energy, wind turbines, Nest thermostats, and charging stations for your Tesla. There’s plenty of just plain luxury built-in, too. Like private elevators, a 5-story atrium, rooftop infinity-edge pool, and cutting-edge fitness center. The condos are expected to be available by the end of the year, but you might want to get your purchase done now. We hear the wait times on the Tesla Model S are notoriously long.

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Mar 02, 2015
Arnie Auction


(VASS, NC) So Michael Jordan wants to build his own personal golf course? This might be a better option…and it’s in his home state. The upcoming bankruptcy auction of Woodlake Country Club, 20 minutes east of Pinehurst, includes a 1,200-acre private lake, over 600 homesites, and two golf courses: the Woodlake-Maples Course designed by Ellis Maples, and the Woodlake-Palmer designed by Arnold Palmer. These courses are no slouches. The Maples course is considered one of the most challenging in the Southeast and has played host to the Carolinas' PGA Match Play Tournament, while the Palmer course is one of the most popular in the area. In addition to the homesites, a 21.6-acre parcel on the  the property holds promise for the construction of a full-service boutique hotel, providing "stay and play" opportunities. The live auction will be held on-site on March 26, but interested buyers can tour the property on March 5, 12 and 19 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Call 888-260-5893 for more information.

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Feb 27, 2015
Magnificent Moana


(KONA, HAWAII) Sales have already topped $175 million in just a few years at Kohanaiki, the first new development on the Big Island in nearly a decade. Now they are getting ready to offer the first custom home on a property that will have only 500 residences. And it is a stunner. The Moana Residence is situated on an idyllic one-acre lot, boasting spectacular ocean and golf course views and centrally located in the heart of Kohanaiki, nearer to the beach than any other lot available.  This 7,985-square-foot home has five bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms, an enclosed two-car garage, an expansive lanai, and beautifully landscaped grounds with a large lap pool, spa and separate pool pavilion. Designed by the renowned architect Shay Zak, the Moana Residence was fashioned using elegant, natural materials throughout. Features include hardwood floors, luxurious granite stone lanais, granite countertops, vaulted cedar ceilings, clerestory windows, handmade custom African mahogany cabinetry, and mahogany trim and pocket doors throughout. Kohanaiki and its members-only Rees Jones-designed course (Hawaii’s only layout with six oceanfront holes) were seven years in the making.

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Feb 25, 2015
Pro Shop Swan Song?


(SALEM, SC) The days of the pro shop being the place you stopped in before your round to replace a worn out glove, grab an extra sleeve of balls, or fill your pocket with free tees, may be a thing of the past. And the trend is being driven by a private luxury community. The Cliffs (yes, that collection of seven private communities in the Carolinas) is transforming its golf shops into award-winning luxury lifestyle stores. With a shopping experience for the whole family, the shops are more like a high-end boutique and cater to the needs of golf and non-golf members alike. Members and their guests can buy golf shoes…but also hiking, lifestyle and summer shoes. Luxury items like Vitamix blenders, tech gadgetry, custom paddleboards, hiking gear, Meyer lemon trees, premium luggage, watches and celebrity items are also available. So far they have transformed three of their golf shops, including the newly rebranded The Cliffs Storehouse at Keowee Falls. That store has been successful by all measures. At its grand opening, members bought more than $8,000 of merchandise in the first two hours and the store has surpassed its annual budgeted revenues by more than $43,000 in just eight months. Let’s just hope those free tees don’t get lost in the shuffle.

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