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Jun 22, 2015
Shares of Paradise


(SEA ISLAND, GA) Easy-going, elegant, and impeccable, Sea Island has been a favorite of those seeking world-class amenities and uncomplicated privacy for the better part of a century. A favorite of PGA Tour pros, its private neighborhoods, expansive beaches and three championship courses make this one of the country’s top resorts, golf destinations and places to live. It’s also home to one of the most successful private residence programs. Located steps away from the Atlantic on the southern part of Sea Island, The Cloister Ocean Residences offer 22 fully-deeded, elegantly furnished, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. Each quarter share purchased includes 13 weeks at one of the residences. Sea Island Club membership is included in the purchase price, along with resort services (room service, concierge, housekeeping and maintenance). And, of course, there are those three well-manicured golf courses, none of which have a blade of bumpy poa on their smooth-rolling greens.

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Jun 19, 2015
U.S. Open Houses


(UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA) High definition TV is showing every fascinating detail of Chambers Bay this week. For those of us who are relegated to enjoying the images from our living rooms, we can take solace in the fact that we didn’t have to pay overinflated prices to rent a home for tournament week. Chambers Bay was never meant to accommodate the 30,000 or so folks who are turning out daily to attend the U.S. Open. There’s simply aren’t many available hotel rooms nearby. So the locals have taken a page from Augusta and made their homes available for lease for the week, with prices reaching upwards of $25,000, $35,000 and more. The Seattle Times reports that as far back as last summer two adjoining luxury homes were leased for about $67,000 for the tournament to a well heeled spectator. Kind of makes staying home and watching on TV all that more enjoyable.

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Jun 17, 2015
Sky High Homes


(PARK CITY, UT) Promontory, with Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus courses at 7,000 feet, already offers a sky-high experience for members. Now, you’ll be able to live at that elevated setting, too. On June 20, the private mountain community of Promontory will debut “The Top of the Summit” – a limited collection of 25 luxury homesites that represent the highest elevations with panoramic views ever offered by the award-winning community. Some of the homesites, as high as 7,370 feet above sea level, feature breathtaking 360-degree views, including spectacular vistas of the Rockport Reservoir and the Uinta National Forest, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, the Canyons and the Utah Olympic Park. Apparently they have been holding on to these special homesites for quite a while, waiting for the right time to release them. The release of The Top of The Summit homesites on June 20 at a Priority Selection Event will include special Selection Event pricing. Each homesite includes a fully sponsored Promontory Club membership as well as other advantageous closing incentives.

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Jun 15, 2015
Membership Explosion


(CALGARY, CANADA) As they say, the best laid plans go…usually in the wrong direction. Not so for The Hamptons Golf Club. The semi-private club had a plan to sell enough memberships to go private in three or four years. Instead, it took just two months. “I’ve been around the golf industry for a while, and it blew me away — the velocity and the pace at which we sold these memberships,” managing partner Barry Ehlert told the Calgary Sun. Didn’t hurt that the Windmill Golf Group, which owns The Hamptons, and owns or manages seven other courses in Alberta and Montana, offers reciprocal privileges at those clubs. And that they had announced construction of the highly-anticipated Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada in Springbank, which will open in 2017. Or that memberships, which at one time cost  $35,000-$40,000, were offered for about $14,000. (The Hamptons had originally been a private club before going semi-private a few years back.) Most promising of all is that all those new members have resulted in a younger club. The drive attracted more 30-50-year olds with young families, and changed the club’s demographics. We could use a little of the same this side of the border.

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Jun 12, 2015
Dockside Developments


(LAKE KEOWEE, SC) Never hurts to strike while the iron is hot. Last month, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, the youngest of The Cliffs’ three communities on Lake Keowee, unveiled a new neighborhood– Dockside at Keowee Springs. Situated on some of the community’s best waterfront property and their most significant land release in more than five years, the neighborhood has generated plenty of interest and sales. In the wake of that success, The Cliffs has rolled out an amenity plan for Keowee Springs that incorporates a creative clustered amenity concept featuring facilities in a more intimate village-style setting. To be developed in phases, the plan is initially focused on dining and golf-related facilities. Overlooking the practice area and 18th green of the Tom Fazio course will be a Clubhouse with dining facilities, meeting space, locker rooms with showers, cart storage, and a Cliffs Storehouse (The Cliffs’ evolution of the golf/pro shop into a lifestyle store). Subsequent phases will include a Wellness Center complete with an indoor pool, spa and tennis courts, an outdoor gathering space, an pavilion and gardens located at the Keowee Springs Overlook site, which is the highest point on the property, offering panoramic views of Lake Keowee.

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