Nov 16, 2014
(WOODLANDS, TX) These are Texas-sized numbers for a golf community: 7 courses, 27,000 acres, 90,000 people. At The Woodlands, 40 miles from downtown Dallas, everything is done in a big way. There is a 17-screen movie theater. They bring in stars like Cher, Barry Manilow, and Jimmy Buffett for entertainment. And now they are getting to build again. Howard Hughes Corp., the Dallas-based owner and developer, has purchased two parcels of land 13 miles north of The Woodlands. The land totals nearly 2,000 acres and cost almost $100 million. About 4,600 homes are slated for the new property. It’s easy to understand why when you read the company's report that the average price per detached single-family acre" in The Woodlands was up 10 percent to $683,000 during the second quarter. Do the math and you see that’s a lot of profit, even by Texas standards.
Nov 14, 2014
Warm Up to Winter
(STUART, FL) While an arctic blast is blanketing golf courses across the top half of the country, this weekend’s forecast calls for sunny skies and highs around 80 degrees along Florida’s Treasure Coast. Might be a good time to start looking into what winters could be like by trading in your snow shovel for a sand wedge. A good place to start is Willoughby Golf Club, the county’s youngest private golf club community. Halfway between Palm Beach and Vero Beach, they are home to a picturesque, very playable Arthur Hills design that has been the site of several U.S. Open qualifiers. You can be the club’s guest for a day or longer, including a round of golf, tennis, the pool, dinner in the clubhouse (with one of their Ambassador Couples if you like) and a tour of homes for sale. If your visit is longer than a day, they offer special rates at a nearby hotel. Serious lookers can inquire about how to make their visit complimentary. Don’t forget your clubs, but leave the ice scraper at home.
Nov 12, 2014
Thatâ€™s One Way to Do It
(NORFOLK, ENGLAND) The media is full of stories these days about golf courses being converted to housing developments. Struggling courses are finding there’s a big payoff now that the demand for housing is robust again. The trend is occurring in the UK, too. But members of Royal Norwich Golf Club, which was formed in 1893 and had the Duke of York (the future King George V) as its patron, has put a new twist on the housing for holes game. They voted to sell the course for housing development, but are rebuilding the nearby Weston Park into a new 27-hole complex. They have even made arrangements for current Weston Park members to play at Royal Norwich while the new course is being built. Once completed, both Royal Norwich and Weston Park members will be eligible to join the new club. In the end, though a 121-year old course is being lost, the developers get their land and the golfers get a brand new, larger course with extensive practice facilities.
Nov 10, 2014
Quail, Pheasant or Clay?
(SEA ISLAND, GA) Whether you live at Frederica or Ocean Forest, or simply enjoy vacationing at Sea Island, there’s no lack of outdoor activities to entertain. Sea Island's newest experience 45 minutes south of the island, Broadfield, is a 5,800-acre sporting property on the grounds of one of the South's earliest hunting clubs. With a newly opened sporting clays course, you can now enjoy shooting clays as well as pheasant and quail. Hunting season is now open and there are options for novices, as well as seasoned shooters. The activities are open to Sea Island members and resort guests. Freshwater fishing for largemouth bass and Georgia hybrid bream is complimentary with many of the shooting activities.
Nov 08, 2014
It Takes a Village
LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) If you’re headed toward Sarasota this winter, you can check out a community where you can truly live, work, and play without leaving home. Award-winning Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club is a 17,500-acre master-planned community, the largest green-certified community in the U.S., with nine villages, three golf courses, and all the conveniences of a town. The community has eight shopping districts, plenty of restaurants, schools, business parks, hospital and medical center, and polo and cricket clubs. It's a big place. How big? Find out what it would be like to live here by visiting one of the Lakewood Ranch or Lake Club Information Centers and completing a Visitor Registration Card. You will receive a 2-Day VIP Club Membership Certificate to redeem for a 2-day membership card at the Country Club where you can try out the golf course, athletic center (with tennis, fitness and aquatics), and the lounge, grille, or dining room. You’ll get all the details when you register.