Jun 19, 2015
U.S. Open Houses

(UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA) High definition TV is showing every fascinating detail of Chambers Bay this week. For those of us who are relegated to enjoying the images from our living rooms, we can take solace in the fact that we didn’t have to pay overinflated prices to rent a home for tournament week. Chambers Bay was never meant to accommodate the 30,000 or so folks who are turning out daily to attend the U.S. Open. There’s simply aren’t many available hotel rooms nearby. So the locals have taken a page from Augusta and made their homes available for lease for the week, with prices reaching upwards of $25,000, $35,000 and more. The Seattle Times reports that as far back as last summer two adjoining luxury homes were leased for about $67,000 for the tournament to a well heeled spectator. Kind of makes staying home and watching on TV all that more enjoyable.

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Jun 17, 2015
Sky High Homes

(PARK CITY, UT) Promontory, with Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus courses at 7,000 feet, already offers a sky-high experience for members. Now, you’ll be able to live at that elevated setting, too. On June 20, the private mountain community of Promontory will debut “The Top of the Summit” – a limited collection of 25 luxury homesites that represent the highest elevations with panoramic views ever offered by the award-winning community. Some of the homesites, as high as 7,370 feet above sea level, feature breathtaking 360-degree views, including spectacular vistas of the Rockport Reservoir and the Uinta National Forest, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, the Canyons and the Utah Olympic Park. Apparently they have been holding on to these special homesites for quite a while, waiting for the right time to release them. The release of The Top of The Summit homesites on June 20 at a Priority Selection Event will include special Selection Event pricing. Each homesite includes a fully sponsored Promontory Club membership as well as other advantageous closing incentives.

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Jun 15, 2015
Membership Explosion

(CALGARY, CANADA) As they say, the best laid plans go…usually in the wrong direction. Not so for The Hamptons Golf Club. The semi-private club had a plan to sell enough memberships to go private in three or four years. Instead, it took just two months. “I’ve been around the golf industry for a while, and it blew me away — the velocity and the pace at which we sold these memberships,” managing partner Barry Ehlert told the Calgary Sun. Didn’t hurt that the Windmill Golf Group, which owns The Hamptons, and owns or manages seven other courses in Alberta and Montana, offers reciprocal privileges at those clubs. And that they had announced construction of the highly-anticipated Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada in Springbank, which will open in 2017. Or that memberships, which at one time cost  $35,000-$40,000, were offered for about $14,000. (The Hamptons had originally been a private club before going semi-private a few years back.) Most promising of all is that all those new members have resulted in a younger club. The drive attracted more 30-50-year olds with young families, and changed the club’s demographics. We could use a little of the same this side of the border.

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Jun 12, 2015
Dockside Developments

(LAKE KEOWEE, SC) Never hurts to strike while the iron is hot. Last month, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, the youngest of The Cliffs’ three communities on Lake Keowee, unveiled a new neighborhood– Dockside at Keowee Springs. Situated on some of the community’s best waterfront property and their most significant land release in more than five years, the neighborhood has generated plenty of interest and sales. In the wake of that success, The Cliffs has rolled out an amenity plan for Keowee Springs that incorporates a creative clustered amenity concept featuring facilities in a more intimate village-style setting. To be developed in phases, the plan is initially focused on dining and golf-related facilities. Overlooking the practice area and 18th green of the Tom Fazio course will be a Clubhouse with dining facilities, meeting space, locker rooms with showers, cart storage, and a Cliffs Storehouse (The Cliffs’ evolution of the golf/pro shop into a lifestyle store). Subsequent phases will include a Wellness Center complete with an indoor pool, spa and tennis courts, an outdoor gathering space, an pavilion and gardens located at the Keowee Springs Overlook site, which is the highest point on the property, offering panoramic views of Lake Keowee.

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Jun 10, 2015
Mile-High Milestone

(BURNSVILLE, NC) It’s hard to believe that Mountain Air Country Club has reached its silver anniversary. Seems like only yesterday we were awestruck by its location—perched atop Slickrock Mountain nearly a mile high in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains—and the jaw-dropping photos of its runway, the highest paved landing strip east of the Rocky Mountains. But the acclaimed community recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala weekend that looked forward as much as it looked back. The inspired vision of two local families, the Banks and the Youngs, Mountain Air has proven itself much more than a spectacular location offering 100-mile views. Its superb master plan and impeccable amenities have drawn families from around the world to its singular brand of mountain magic. The family activities and the community’s commitment to preserving its natural surroundings have found broad appeal. Still, we're betting that moment potential buyers arrive at the green on the cliffside 8th hole and take in the view across thousands of acres of national forest to the peak of Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the eastern United States, has been a pretty good selling point.

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