Augusta House

Apr 06, 2016
Last House Standing

(AUGUSTA, GA) If you’re lucky enough (or spent enough money) to get a badge to this week’s Masters and find a parking space in the lot across from Gate 6-A, give a little wave to Herman and Elizabeth Tucker. That’s their house at the edge of the parking lot, sitting incongruously all by itself. And that parking lot you’re walking through? Augusta National spent over $40 million buying up all the Tucker’s neighbors’ houses and bulldozing them down so you could have a convenient place to park. But the world’s most powerful golf club couldn’t convince Herman and Elizabeth to sell their little three-bedroom home. Nope. Not even enticing seven-figure offers could pry their little piece of paradise away.  “Money ain't everything,” Herman told Don’t feel bad for the Tuckers though. They once owned another nearby home that they sold for nearly a million dollars to Augusta National. Makes it a bit easier to say “no.”

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Apr 04, 2016
Golf with Guns

(EDGEFIELD, SC) While the world flocks to Augusta, Ga., this week, just over the state border a new course is giving customers plenty of bang for their buck. As WRDW News reports, at this course that management calls “golf with guns,” dogwoods outnumber the azaleas, you rack shotguns instead of clubs, and instead of yelling “fore!” you yell “pull!” The Palmetto Shooting Complex, owned by the National Wild Turkey Federation, features two sporting clay courses navigable by golf carts. And much like their more-heralded neighbor, they have a section with a special nickname. “Just like at the Masters we call it our Amen Corner because if you can survive this terrain right here and the targets we have, you want to say a little prayer,” says Manager Rhett Simmons.

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Apr 01, 2016
Sun Belt Surge

(MCLEAN, VA) For golfers, the lure of the Sun Belt, with its promise of year-round play, is almost a no-brainer. Golf courses and private golf communities have always sought the sun-soaked regions of the U.S. in far greater numbers than the northern regions. While last decade’s recession put a bit of a freeze on the move south, new U.S. Census Bureau numbers indicate that Sun Belt cities, like Tampa, Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Atlanta, were among the country’s fastest growing last year. That growth coincides, not incidentally, with an improvement in the employment opportunities in those cities. Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who, according to USA Today, closely follows the migration south, sees this as the beginning of a longer-term trend. On the other side of the coin, the same Census data shows growth slowed in the greater New York area, as well as Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and their suburbs.

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Mar 30, 2016
Tiger’s Trophy Property

(FAIRVIEW, NC) With Bluejack National now officially the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the U.S. it’s easy to forget the fanfare that accompanied the Cliffs at High Carolina in 2007. The 795-acre tract in North Carolina was supposed to be home to the first U.S. Woods-designed golf course, but the project fell victim to the real estate market collapse and Tiger’s own personal troubles. The land, once sold for $40 million, is now on the market at $24 million. The project, which was to include 1,000 luxury homes (only two of which were ever built), was officially declared dead back in 2011 and the land went into foreclosure. According to the Citizen-Times, in 2013 the original seller took back the property, which includes an eight-acre lake. The land, described as a “trophy property,” is being marketed under a trademarked name, The Majestic Highlands of Asheville.  

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Mar 28, 2016
Mammoth Manor

(WESTCHESTER, NY) The Donald is used to getting what he wants. But 20 years after buying the opulent Westchester mansion know as Seven Springs, the 230-acre property remains an undeveloped family summer retreat. Trump spent nearly a decade trying to get approval for what would have been his very first golf course. He got as far as hiring Arthur Hills to design the course and contemplated naming it The Trump Mansion at Seven Springs. But the locals vigorously opposed his plan and, uncharacteristically, Trump gave up on his vision for the property that was once owned by the Rockefellers, settling instead for approval to subdivide it and build homes. That still hasn’t happened and the 50,000-square-foot home and carriage house, where the Trump family spent summers and weekends, remains a part of the family’s portfolio. Who knows? The way things are headed, Seven Springs might become a Presidential summer retreat.

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