Jun 10, 2015
(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.
Jun 08, 2015
The $1 Homesite
(BLUFFTON, SC) It’s shocking at first glance. The Island Packet reports that at least 26 lots in Hilton Head area golf developments are on sale for about $1, with 43 more listed for less than $10,000. We’re not talking about low-end, on-the-verge of bankruptcy developments either. Berkeley Hall, Belfair and Colleton River, where the bulk (nearly 90%) of the dollar sales are listed, are among the country’s most acclaimed private golf communities. So what’s going on? Some say it’s a passing trend that will dry up when demand meets supply. Property owners trying to unload the homesites blame the high cost of mandatory club memberships. According to the Island Packet, in 2014 those fees tacked on an extra $13,362 at Belfair, $15,870 at Berkeley and $16,275 at Colleton, in addition to initiation fees that cost as much as $19,000. For buyers, the good news is that you really can have a dream homesite in a premier golf community for as low as $1. Just make sure you can afford the annual dues and fees.
Jun 05, 2015
Rocky Mountain High
(TELLURIDE, CO) For those who live in four-season regions, there’s nothing quite like the kickoff of golf season. And while many of us have been playing for weeks or months, Telluride Ski and Golf Club, known for its spectacular skiing as much as its golf, finally…officially kicked off its 2015 golf season a few weeks ago. If you’re ready to hit some brag-worthy, high altitude (10,000 feet above sea level) drives, the club is offering stay-and-play package at the acclaimed Inn at Lost Creek. Their "Golf In, Golf Out" package includes two rounds per player, two nights lodging and complimentary breakfast buffet and golf club valet service. It starts at $170 per person, per night and is available throughout the golf season. Your rounds will give you a chance to try drive the opening 377-yard, downhill par-4 and climb the 92 steps to reach the tee box on the par-3 17th, where you will be rewarded with a 100-foot drop over 137 yards to a pine-encircled green below.
Jun 03, 2015
(KAMAS, UT) When it comes to first impressions, Victory Ranch is really making theirs count. The private, four-season community, set on 6,700 wilderness acres along a stretch of the Upper Provo River, has a new amenity poised to open this summer. The Post, designated as the new arrival space for members and guests, features a number of very cool amenities, including a spacious pool area is designed for year-round enjoyment, complete with a 50-foot pool, two heated spas, snow-melt patio and a fire pit area. There’s also a Family Room with a wood burning fireplace, lounge, casual dining space, fitness center, yoga lawn, well-appointed locker rooms with spa-quality amenities and more. Later this year, they’ll break ground on the Family Camp, which will feature an activity barn for the kids, dining, sports facilities, an expansive fitness center and spa, and a swimming hole with an old-fashioned rope swing.
Jun 01, 2015
Golf Communities Up Their Game
(NEW YORK) We’ve been keeping you apprised of the changing face of luxury golf communities for some time now, but a few days ago The Wall Street Journal ran an in-depth piece on the new approaches in their “Mansions” section that is well worth reading. Focusing on the communities of Bluejack National, Desert Mountain, PGA West and Tiburón, the article details the push toward non-golf amenities to attract buyers. From pickle ball to five-star dining, luxury golf communities are now offering a wider range of options to entice you. At Blue National, for instance, in addition to the first course in the U.S. designed by Tiger, there will be orchards and gardens, a movie theater, bowling alley, skate park, miniature Fenway Park, 7-mile trail system and stocked fishing ponds. As Desert Mountain chairman, Lyle Anderson, tell the WSJ, “Golf is important, but it isn’t everything.”