Aug 31, 2015
326 Holes, 24 Hours

(MILL SPRING, NC) Mind boggling. Next Monday, Brian Stewart, PGA Professional and Director of Golf Operations at Bright’s Creek, will attempt to play 326 holes in 24 straight hours. It’s all part of Bright’s Creek’s 1st Annual Patriot Golf Day Charity  Tournament on September.  Their goal is to raise $50,000 for the Folds of Honor Foundation through 15 corporate sponsors and 100 golfers. If you are interested in playing, the cost of play is $400 for a foursome. If you can’t play, but would like to contribute to Stewart’s attempt to play at least 326 holes, you can click on the link below. 100% of these donations, which will be accepted until September 30, will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation. And in case you were wondering if Stewart can meet the challenge, he played 325 holes last year in 24 hours.  

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Aug 28, 2015
A Softer Dye

(HILTON HEAD, SC) Not all Pete Dye courses are meant to make you weak in the knees. At least not anymore. While the Heron Point by Pete Dye layout at  The Sea Pines Resort may have been daunting when it first opened, a series of subtle modifications in 2014 under the close supervision of Dye has made the course more player friendly. Dye’s team softened the green surrounds and contours, enlarged several greens, and transitioned the putting surfaces to Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same strand used on Harbour Town Golf Links. Seven sets of tees allow you to play it considerably shorter than the 7,000 yards it measures from the back tees. All that work has paid off as Heron Point has been named “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association (SCGCOA). This honor automatically nominates it for the National Golf Course Owners Association’s “National Course of the Year” award.  

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Aug 26, 2015
Homeowner Cultural Shift

(NEW YORK) Homeownership rates recently hit 48-year lows, reports Fortune. That’s not good news. Either are figures that show first-time homebuyers are taking the plunge much later than ever. So what’s up? We know that soaring student debt and high rents are making it more difficult to save up for a down payment. And with more young adults putting off marriage and living with their parents, they don’t have much of an incentive to buy a home of their own and settle. Fortune quotes Jed Kolko, Senior Fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, on the subject: “The share of young adults living with their parents increased in 2015…. One contributing factor is that 25-34 year-olds are decreasingly likely to be married or cohabitating with a partner, and – unsurprisingly – married or cohabitating young adults rarely live with their parents (just 2% do) compared with 31% of those who aren’t living with a spouse or partner. The decline in marriage among young adults is a long-term trend, pre-dating the recession.” Turns out it’s 65-74 year-old seniors who leading the way in new households, not the youngsters.  

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Aug 24, 2015
Re-Boot Ranch

(FREDERICKSBURG, TX) Big skies, rolling hills, and views that seem to stretch forever. Ultra-exclusive Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country has it all, including a celebrated Hal Sutton-designed course and Texas-sized 34-acre practice area. (The course has been ranked among the “Top 10 in Texas” seven times by The Dallas Morning News.) Now the 2,052-acre private master-planned community has new ownership. Terra Verde Group, in a partnership with Wheelock Street Capital, announced last week they have acquired Boot Ranch from Lehman Brothers. Expect to see some amenity enhancements in the coming year and special purchase incentives right away. Dan Green, Wheelock principal and head of land acquisitions, says there will be an infusion of new capital into the property, while Terra Verde Group founding partner Craig Martin called Boot Ranch “hands down the best private golf community in the state of Texas.”A limited property release of estate home sites and luxury cabins will occur immediately and special purchase incentives will be offered through September on these properties. Additional amenity enhancements and new residential property offerings are scheduled for 2016. 

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Aug 21, 2015
Now This is Oceanfront

(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) Been struggling whether to spend your retirement in a luxury private community or traveling the world? You no longer need to choose. A flotilla of new luxury condo cruise ships are readying to set sail and you can buy a residence on them. Business Insider Australia reports that one of the new cruise ships, the 165-unit World, will navigate the globe year-round. The luxury ship has a 7,000-sq. ft. spa and gym, jogging track, two pools, tennis court, four restaurants, a deli, grill, five bars, tearoom, and private chefs for hire. And with golf facilities on board, including a golf simulator, putting green and driving range, you can get your game in shape while traveling to your next international round. Residences range from studio apartments to three bedrooms, as well as a six-bedroom penthouse suite. Prices start at $1 million and reach up to $13 million. As a resident, you’ll collectively own the ship with fellow shipmates and can help choose the itinerary. The World will stop at 104 ports in 30 countries this year, covering around 41,000 nautical miles.

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