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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Sep 30, 2015
Bragging Rights

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) When it comes to luxury golf communities, Scottsdale has a luxury of riches. So what’s a buyer to do when trying to decide between DC Ranch and Desert Highland, Troon and Troon North, Grayhawk and Silverleaf, or Desert Mountain and Ancala? Mike Orr, Director of Real Estate Studies at Arizona State University and founder of the Cromford Report, partnered with realtors, The Matheson Team, to measure the appreciation value of eight of Scottsdale Arizona’s most popular upscale neighborhoods. Like potential buyers, they wanted to know which homeowners are sitting on the best investment, where the best place is to snap up a bargain luxury home, and ultimately, which neighborhood wins the ultimate bragging rights. As interesting as the objective results are the notations on each community. It’s great insider stuff if you’re looking at all the options in Scottsdale. We’d like to see this kind of info readily available in all the places where buyers are considering a purchase.

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Sep 28, 2015
DJ’s New Digs

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL) Dustin Johnson shot a Sunday-best 64 to finish tied for fifth in the TOUR Championship. And while Jordan Spieth walked off with the $10 million bonus, DJ has made enough money on the TOUR this year to pay in full for his new $4.95 million waterfront home in Palm Beach Gardens. A look at the photos on Redfin shows at a glance that his new digs are pretty spectacular. The 8,200-sq. ft. home, according to the Los Angeles Times, features “a living room with double-height ceilings, an insulated wine room and a family room with custom wet bar. A master suite with a two walk-in closets is among five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms.” There is, of course, the requisite swimming pool with waterfall and grotto, private islet, and docking space for a sizable boat. This should serve as an adequate escape from golf for Johnson as it does not appear from the photos that there is any room on the property for a golf practice facility.

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