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Dec 29, 2015
Charity Starts at Home


(SUNSET, SC) The Reserve at Lake Keowee made national headlines this past week for its homage to the Clemson Tigers. The Reserve’s grounds crew laid out a half-size football field featuring a Tiger paw painted with guidance from the same stencil used at Clemson’s stadium. The Reserve is Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney’s home golf club and the Tigers are playing Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve. But perhaps more impressive was the announcement this month that The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s Charitable Foundation nearly doubled its charitable contributions in 2015. A record $110,000 was raised to benefit the local community. (The previous high mark was $60,000 in 2014.)

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Dec 27, 2015
Not so fast, Tiger


(FRANKLIN, TN) Even as uncertainty continues over when Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf, the next Woods-designed golf course in the U.S. is facing its own questioning. Rumors have been swirling for some time that Beacon Land Development, the group that brought us Tiger’s first American golf course design outside Houston, had a second U.S. development built around a Woods’ design in the works outside Nashville. A recent open house held by developers brought out a lot of vocal local opposition for the proposed Two Farms at Thompson's Station development. According to a local online newspaper, Spring Hill Home Page, the open house quickly turned into a “free-for-all of criticism and concern from locals opposed to its construction.” Opponents were mainly concerned about increased traffic, a lack of communication about the project, possible burden on county taxpayers, and intrusion into the rural landscape. A public hearing is set for January 12 ahead of the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting that will discuss necessary rezoning to move the project forward.

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Dec 22, 2015
High in the Rockies


(BRECKENRIDGE, CO) Talk about Rocky Mountain high. Breckenridge Ski Resort boasts North America's highest chairlift and over 300 inches of snow a year. If you love skiing and you love golf, the luxury homes at The Shores at Breckenridge just might fit your lifestyle perfectly.  But you won’t want to dally. The 10-acre resort community is located across the street from the Jack Nicklaus-designed Breckenridge Golf Club and the Breckenridge Ski Resort is nearby. Situated on a pristine, half-mile stretch of Colorado’s Blue River, The Shores’ first phase of new luxury homes was released this fall and is already 50% sold out. Among the homes’ many features are open floor plans, vaulted ceilings, and large windows that take advantage of views of the Rocky Mountains, the Blue River and hundreds of acres of protected open space adjacent to the property. With little new construction in these mountains over the last seven years, demand has pent-up. With ski season in full swing, there’s no better time than now to check out Breckenridge.

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Dec 21, 2015
Season’s Best


(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) It’s that time of the year. From “Man of the Year” to “Tour Player of the Year,” the best of the best are being awarded. That includes the newly renovated Plantation Golf Club at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, which has been named "New Clubhouse of the Year" for 2015 by Golf Inc. magazine. The 23,000-sq. ft. club services the Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean courses at Sea Pines.  Its amenities include an expansive pro shop; "Live Oak" bar and grill featuring Lowcountry cuisine; 2,000- sq. ft. of event space; and spacious men's and women's locker rooms. The Plantation Golf Club is part of a flurry of recent upgrades at the resort. The new 55,000-sq. ft. Harbour Town Clubhouse opened just prior to last year’s PGA TOUR RBC Heritage presented by Boeing. And in September 2014, a new 25,000-sq. ft. Sea Pines Beach Club was unveiled. If you haven’t been back to The Sea Pines Resort in the last year or so, you’ve got some catching up to do.

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Dec 18, 2015
Saving Badger Creek


(NEW HOLSTEIN, WI) Maybe there’ll be a Christmas miracle after all for Badger Creek Golf Course. Earlier this month, Pfister Farms and Trucking bought the Wisconsin property for $1.44 million with plans to put it to agricultural use rather than maintain it as golf course. (The 18-hole, semi-private, golf course, designed by Mattingly-Kuehn Golf Design, opened in 1993 as a nine-hole facility. After the front nine was completed, the full course opened in 1995.) But now the new owners have apparently had a change of mind. In a statement on Badger Creek’s Facebook page they said, “Understanding the local stigma that comes with closing a beloved facility, like Badger Creek, the new owners, Don and Mike Pfister, are willing to enter negotiations with a new owner. This is an opportunity for each of us to pitch in. If you would like to see the course remain open, help spread the word in finding the next owner.” If you have the “big idea” they are looking for, or want to buy it yourself, they encourage to contact the club directly at golf@badgercreekgolf.com. A clubhouse featuring casual dining, banquets and event space, plus a practice range, are part of the deal.

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