Jan 27, 2016
(EAST QUOGUE, NY) Celebrities have no qualms about lending their voice to any number of causes. Rarely do those causes involve golf. Actor Alec Baldwin, however, has weighed in on a proposed luxury golf course community, The Hills at Southampton, proposed by the Arizona-based Discovery Land Company. The community would consist of 118 homes and an 18-hole golf course. Baldwin recently recorded a public service announcement calling for citizens to help “Kill the Hills.” The longtime environmental advocate said, “The biggest and baddest development on Long Island is The Hills at Southampton proposed mega golf resort on some 500 acres of land that is the largest privately owned Pine Barrens parcel remaining on Long Island.” To address environmental concerns, Discovery Land says an advanced wastewater treatment system, along with other measures, will be built on the land to service the homes. Expect any number of studies and protests before this thing is settled.
Jan 25, 2016
Viva Las Vegas
(LAS VEGAS, NV) To paraphrase Mark Twain, “The reports of the golf industry’s death have been greatly exaggerated.” Case in point is The Summit, a new Vegas project by Discovery Land, whose portfolio includes 18 U.S. communities and reports that it had a record year in 2015. The 555-acre ultra luxury country club community, expected to open late this year, will offer lots for custom homes priced at $2 million to $10 million, the most expensive in the Las Vegas Valley. The private golf community will also feature a Tom Fazio 18-hole course. The Summit Club takes it name not just from its elevated property that overlooks the Las Vegas Valley, but as a nod to the Rat Pack days when service and elegance were part and parcel of the Vegas experience. "From a Vegas perspective, in our opinion, this will be the only true ultra-exclusive, ultra-private golf community and golf course in all of Vegas," Discovery Land partner Steve Adelson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "This is a member golf course, and there will be no outside play unless guests are accompanied by a member."
Jan 21, 2016
(DALLAS, TX) In case you missed it, the golf world went gaga this week over Jordan Spieth’s purchase of Hunter Mahan’s Dallas mansion. Wasn’t it just last April that we were reporting that Spieth had just plunked down $2.3 million for a 7,378-sq. ft. mansion in the same swanky Preston Hollow neighborhood? Can’t blame a superstar for upgrading. His new home cost him $7.15 million and measures out at 16,665 square feet. The Star-Telegram reports the mansion comes complete with an indoor basketball court, infinity pool, wine cellar, and...befitting his profession and stature in it…an awesome golf simulator and 12-car garage with a mural of the August National clubhouse on the wall. If that doesn’t make you just a little jealous, consider that the youngster who made over $50 million last year also got a steal on the price. (Hunter had it listed for $8.5 million.) Another year like last year and he may have to buy his own country.
Jan 19, 2016
(BOCA RATON, FL) Morgan Pressel’s ninth annual Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament raised a record $1 million last week for breast cancer research and care, shattering the previous record of $751,622 set at Pressel's event in 2014. “It is surreal, honestly,” Pressel told LPGA.com. “I can’t put it in to words. The community of St. Andrews continues to blow me away every year, truly helping me make a difference. I couldn’t do it without their tremendous generosity and support.” Fellow LPGA superstars and the members of St. Andrews Country Club, where Pressel is the Resident Touring Professional, helped raise the record amount. Contributions were made almost entirely through the generosity of St. Andrews Country Club members and select sponsors. Over the past nine years they have raised $5.5 million. Next year will be the event’s 10th anniversary.
Jan 18, 2016
2015 Top Selling Communities
(WASHINGTON, DC) The Villages, despite seeing sales drop by 12% in 2015, once again sits atop the list of the year’s top-selling U.S. master-planned communities with 2,294 total sales. The survey of the best-selling communities was compiled by RCLCO, which has conducted a national survey identifying the top-selling master-planned communities every year since 1994. While the Houston area claimed more top-selling master-planned communities than any other metro area in the U.S., Eastmark in Arizona (up 181%) and Vistancia (up 107%) had the most impressive jump in sales. Below are the top 20 in home sales for 2015, along with their percentage change from 2014.
1. The Villages, The Villages, Fla., (-12%)
2. The Irvine Ranch, Orange County, Calif., (17%)
3. Nocatee, Jacksonville, Fla., (30%)
4. Stapleton, Denver, (31%)
5. Riverstone, Houston, (-15%)
6. Summerlin, Las Vegas, (38%)
7. Eastmark, Mesa, Ariz., (181%)
8. Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Fla., (9%)
9. Cane Bay Plantation, Charleston, S.C., (35%)
10. (tie) Lake Nona, Orlando, Fla., (19%)
11. (tie) Westridge, Dallas, (52%)
12. Vistancia, Phoenix, (107%)
13. Providence, Las Vegas, (-7%)
14. Paloma Creek, Dallas, (23%)
15. Valencia, Los Angeles, (-10%)
16. Aliana, Houston, (-11%)
17. (tie) Wildwood at Northpointe, Houston, (0%)
17. (tie) Canyon Lakes West, Houston, (7%)
19. (tie) Daybreak, Salt Lake City, Utah, (23%)
19. (tie) Woodforest, Houston, (0%)