Oct 12, 2015
History Stalled

(NASSAU, BAHAMAS) It’s been 523 years since Columbus landed in the Bahamas and “discovered” the Americas. Most recently, the explorer has been mired in controversy, so it seems appropriate on this day to check in with the multi-million dollar resort and residential project, Baha Mar, located on the oceanfront in Nassau. At $3.6 billion, it was the largest project under development in the Western Hemisphere and the Caribbean’s largest single-phase hospitality investment in history when it filed for bankruptcy protection in June, citing delays by its Chinese contractor. The bankruptcy filing was dismissed by a U.S. judge in September, who said he “perceived no greater good” would come from allowing the case to continue in the U.S. At about the same time, the Bahamian Supreme Court, which had earlier declined to recognize the developer’s Chapter 11 bid, appointed provisional liquidators for Baha Mar. Last week, the liquidators appointed to oversee the project said they remain optimistic even though “there is still work to be done” regarding the opening of the project. A “Special Notice” on Baha Mar’s website states, “We are committed to doing all we realistically can to move Baha Mar forward to be completed and opened successfully. We are confident that once opened, Baha Mar will be a world-class destination resort that will attract guests from around the world and serve as a key economic sparkplug in The Bahamas.”

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Oct 09, 2015
Celebrated Concession

(SARASOTA, FL) We have the feeling that Suzann Pettersen and Allison Lee probably won’t team up anytime soon to design a golf course together. But things could have turned off much differently. Like Jack Nicklaus’ famously conceded putt to Tony Jacklin at the 1969 Ryder Cup that became known as The Concession. The two later teamed up to design the acclaimed golf course in the private gated community, also called The Concession. Inside the low density, luxury community, The Concession Residences is entering its final phase by making 38 premier one-acre homesites available. Featuring idyllic lake views, the homesites start at $369,000 with custom homes beginning at $1 million. Many of the lots boast 300-feet of depth, creating plenty of room for spacious backyards, beautiful gardens and guest or pool houses. The community is coming off a banner year in which 55 homesites sold and 16 homes were completed. Year to date, 23 home sites have sold at an average price of $305,617, an 18 percent increase year-over-year.

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Oct 07, 2015
Perfecting Practice

(TRAVELERS REST, SC) With access to seven courses under a single membership at The Cliffs, members have plenty of choices for play—and practice. Especially now with the completion of renovations to the practice facilities at its two most mature, award-winning courses: The Cliffs at Glassy and The Cliffs Valley. The $525,000, three-month-long process encompassed a total rebuild of the practice facility at Glassy, including increasing tee space from 18,000–sq. ft. to 31,000-sq. ft. and a new short game green. Enhancements at The Cliffs Valley included a new short game area, a 3,000-square-foot green and two new green side practice bunker complexes. At both practice facilities, the renovations helped simulate what golfers actually experience on the course.  

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Oct 05, 2015
Island Magic

(LĀNA‘I CITY, HI) Like a dream come true, the Manele Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi is offering their “Make Manele Your Own” golf experience that lets you make the island course all yours. No crowds, no waiting for tee times. Just you and up to 19 of your best friends. One of the elite venues in the game, the Manele is built on lava outcroppings, featuring three holes on the cliffs. Its signature hole is No. 12, a par 3 where you’ll tee off 150 feet above the crashing surf, across 200 yards of ocean to the green. The “Make Manele Your Own” golf experience doesn’t come cheap ($10,000 for the day), but it includes plenty of extras and some pretty cool bragging rights. Among the day’s perks are unlimited golf for up to 20, private access to all golf facilities, golf clinic and lessons as desired, morning cocktails, luxurious lunch, and custom-fit Foot-Joys for everyone. “Having a secluded island seemingly all to yourself is something magical no golfer will ever forget,” says Scott Ashworth, Manele director of golf. “You'll enjoy an intimate, personalized golf experience with an incredible bonus -- stunning views from every hole that just may make you take your eye off the ball.” The “Make Manele Your Own” experience is available through December 15, 2015. Call (808) 565-2222 for more info. And if you’re short a few friends to fill your group, you know where to find us.

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Oct 02, 2015
Little Gem

(VERO BEACH, FL)  Who knew Pete Dye had designed a short course? Just one, mind you. In 1974 Dye designed a par-64 course for The Moorings Yacht & Country Club in Vero Beach. Often referred to as his "Little Gem," it stretches just 4,434 from the tips. (At 7,790, Dye’s Whistling Straits layout is nearly double the length.) And while many would appreciate a gentler Dye experience, The Moorings felt its members needed a championship-length course. When the highly regarded—and 7,015-yard—Hawk’s Nest Golf Club, just 10 minutes away, became available earlier this year, The Moorings jumped at the opportunity. Designed by Jim Fazio in 1987, Hawk’s Nest plays through natural sand dunes and is a Florida rarity with no surrounding residential homes. Yesterday, the club announced it had completed its purchase of Hawk’s Nest, including its  9-acre practice facility with 25 hitting stations.  “We are thrilled to announce our acquisition of Hawks Nest. The Moorings Yacht & Country Club has long been known for excellence and high quality amenities. Adding Hawks Nest’s world class championship golf course dramatically enhances the value we can provide our members going forward,” said Joe Vargas, Moorings Club President. 

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