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 A clubhouse featuring casual dining, banquets and event space, plus a practice range, are part of the deal.

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Dec 16, 2015
Flipping Tiger’s House

(WINDERMERE, FL) Who knew Bubba was as good at house flipping as bombing drives. The two-time Masters champion bought four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods’ former home (yes, the infamous home that started all the brouhaha) for a reported $2.2 million just two years ago. Now, after an extensive renovation, Watson has put the home up for sale at $5.6 million. Depending on how much money he sunk into the house, he’ll end up with a pretty good payday. At one point, Watson said that 95% of the 8,000-sq. ft. home had been renovated. That should have been plenty to exorcise any of the demons left over from 2009 when Woods’ world came literally crashing down. According to the Los Angeles Times, the seven-bedroom, eight-bath, two-story home features a game/media room, home theater with tiered seating, private dockage, and (of course) a built-in barbecue and wet bar.

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Dec 14, 2015
Turf War

(HOMESTEAD, FL) Remember your schoolyard days when someone would get their feelings hurt and take their ball home? Turns out those scenarios still play out in the grownup world. Last week, according to a story in the Miami Herald, the Homestead City Council approved a $3.5 million low-interest loan so developer Wayne Rosen could restore the shuttered Keys Gate Country Club. So far, so good. But a few days later, Rosen rejected the loan and said he wasn’t going to fix up the course. He blamed bad publicity, specifically the newspaper, for his change of heart. Rosen didn’t like the way he was portrayed in a story, which pointed out the funds allocated for the low-interest loan were coming from dollars normally allocated to help poorer parts of the community recover. An angry Rosen told a reporter, “I’m out of the picture. Zip. I’m out. It's going to be a brown golf course. People can’t sell their houses. This deal is over. … It will remain closed.”

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