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Oct 29, 2014
Trifecta!


(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) Don’t know about you, but we might be heading a few miles down the road from our office to Palmetto Hall Plantation Club to get a first hand look. This past Sunday, three different golfers made hole-in-ones from the blue tees on the eighth hole of the Robert Cupp Course. To add to the excitement, it happened during The Amateur Golf Tour Championship (sponsored by GolfWeek). The first two aces came from consecutive foursomes. How rare is this feat? Dan Moscar, GM at Palmetto Hall, said, We generally have a hand full of holes-in-one annually, but to have three is one day is unbelievable! In all my years in the industry, I have never had two holes-in-one in one day, let alone three." And then there’s that 81-year old that had three holes-in-one in three consecutive days on a buddy trip to Myrtle Beach a week ago. Feeling bad about not bagging your own ace yet?

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Oct 27, 2014
Ocean Views All Around


(TARCOLES, COSTA RICA) A new luxury resort with an 18-hole golf course and up to 5,000 residences is being planned for a beautiful stretch of coastline just 45 minutes from San Jose. The $400 million development, Punta Loros, has plans for three hotels and plenty of luxury amenities. According to the developers there are ocean views from almost ninety-five percent of the property. They say the property features “one-mile of Pacific beachfront with several distinctive bluffs with spectacular vantage points for optimal placement of hotel sites, an old world waterfront village, meandering golf course, world class spa, beach club as well as multi-use residential sites.” The resort will also be close to a planned international airport. It all sounds terrific, including the fact that they have already tendered the their environmental impact study for the 800-acre property. But for anyone who’s been following the woes of Rio’s Olympic golf course, that environmental impact issue can be a real sticky wicket. If they can pass that test, Punta Loros may turn out to be something special.

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Oct 24, 2014
Double Dye


RICHMOND HILL, GA)  Pete Dye’s redesign (of his original design) at The Ford Plantation is complete. The $7 million project was one of the most extensive private course restorations in the country and members have been enjoying the results since October 2. You can check out Dye’s more inviting landing areas, plus bass fishing, sporting clays or horseback riding at this amenity-filled private club just 18 miles south of Savannah, Georgia, when you book one of their Discovery Tour Packages. If all those experiences aren’t enough, you also get to stay in The Main House that served as Henry Ford’s private winter retreat. The package for two people for two nights is just $590 and also includes breakfast each morning and use of the Sports Complex and Fitness Center. You can get all the details by clicking the link below.  

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Oct 22, 2014
Golf Included


(PHOENIX, AZ) There’s no denying the appeal of a private golf community. Lots of open space, luxurious homes, and plenty of high-end amenities beyond the golf course. That’s a good thing, because according to Phoenix-area private communities, Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995) aren’t into golf as much as their parents. They do, however, still desire the life a private community offers. Whether they play golf or not, golf-course communities attract homebuyers that are seeking a unique and upscale lifestyle," Mark Hammons, vice president and general manager of Vistancia, told The Republic. "The open space of a golf course allows for more privacy and a luxury-living lifestyle than those without a golf course. And we find that buyers also want the private country-club lifestyle that includes fine dining, social activities, fitness, swimming and tennis." At other area communities, like Estrella and Blackstone Country Club, they are paying attention to Millenniel’s desires such as casual family and adult dining, health and fitness facilities, family-friendly activities, and babysitting options. That's good news for Boomers who will find it much easier to get a desired tee time.

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Oct 20, 2014
Top Island


(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) Kiawah Island, South Carolina is ranked the #1 island in the United States and #2 island in the world (Palawan...yes...Palawan in the Philippines took the top global spot) according to the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Kiawah Island is home to The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (including the Ocean Course), plus some of the most desirable real estate in the country.  Results of the travel magazine’s annual survey were announced today on the CBS Morning Show, where Kiawah ranked ahead of Maui and Kauai.  “For 40 years, Kiawah has served as the standard for resort communities in the United States which has resulted in Kiawah Island Real Estate selling more than $1 billion in residential real estate in just the past five years,” said Chris Randolph of Kiawah Partners, the Island’s developer.  “Our ability to provide a best-in-class lifestyle as well as our close proximity to Charleston, which is again ranked the top city in the United States, makes Kiawah a truly special place.” The 27th annual edition of the survey saw 77,000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler cast more than one million votes for properties around the world.

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