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Dec 18, 2015
Saving Badger Creek


(NEW HOLSTEIN, WI) Maybe there’ll be a Christmas miracle after all for Badger Creek Golf Course. Earlier this month, Pfister Farms and Trucking bought the Wisconsin property for $1.44 million with plans to put it to agricultural use rather than maintain it as golf course. (The 18-hole, semi-private, golf course, designed by Mattingly-Kuehn Golf Design, opened in 1993 as a nine-hole facility. After the front nine was completed, the full course opened in 1995.) But now the new owners have apparently had a change of mind. In a statement on Badger Creek’s Facebook page they said, “Understanding the local stigma that comes with closing a beloved facility, like Badger Creek, the new owners, Don and Mike Pfister, are willing to enter negotiations with a new owner. This is an opportunity for each of us to pitch in. If you would like to see the course remain open, help spread the word in finding the next owner.” If you have the “big idea” they are looking for, or want to buy it yourself, they encourage to contact the club directly at golf@badgercreekgolf.com. A clubhouse featuring casual dining, banquets and event space, plus a practice range, are part of the deal.

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Dec 16, 2015
Flipping Tiger’s House


(WINDERMERE, FL) Who knew Bubba was as good at house flipping as bombing drives. The two-time Masters champion bought four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods’ former home (yes, the infamous home that started all the brouhaha) for a reported $2.2 million just two years ago. Now, after an extensive renovation, Watson has put the home up for sale at $5.6 million. Depending on how much money he sunk into the house, he’ll end up with a pretty good payday. At one point, Watson said that 95% of the 8,000-sq. ft. home had been renovated. That should have been plenty to exorcise any of the demons left over from 2009 when Woods’ world came literally crashing down. According to the Los Angeles Times, the seven-bedroom, eight-bath, two-story home features a game/media room, home theater with tiered seating, private dockage, and (of course) a built-in barbecue and wet bar.

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Dec 14, 2015
Turf War


(HOMESTEAD, FL) Remember your schoolyard days when someone would get their feelings hurt and take their ball home? Turns out those scenarios still play out in the grownup world. Last week, according to a story in the Miami Herald, the Homestead City Council approved a $3.5 million low-interest loan so developer Wayne Rosen could restore the shuttered Keys Gate Country Club. So far, so good. But a few days later, Rosen rejected the loan and said he wasn’t going to fix up the course. He blamed bad publicity, specifically the newspaper, for his change of heart. Rosen didn’t like the way he was portrayed in a story, which pointed out the funds allocated for the low-interest loan were coming from dollars normally allocated to help poorer parts of the community recover. An angry Rosen told a reporter, “I’m out of the picture. Zip. I’m out. It's going to be a brown golf course. People can’t sell their houses. This deal is over. … It will remain closed.”

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Dec 11, 2015
Canadian Discount


(ONTARIO, CANADA) A weakened Canadian dollar (worth less than 75 cents in the U.S.) is bringing fewer Canadian visitors and buyers to the U.S., but is creating buying opportunities for Americans north of the border. “One of biggest advantages as an American buying in Canada is that you are getting a 25% discount on your purchase,” says Rob McLeese, president of Cobble Beach. “A $400,000 home at Cobble Beach comes out to about $300,000 in U.S. dollars.” The waterfront community of Cobble Beach, overlooking Georgian Bay, is a four-season resort community with a Doug Carrick-designed, links-style course. Besides getting more house for your dollar here, you’ll get all the amenities you expect in the U.S. “When buying in Canada, most people can’t tell the difference from the U.S., especially in a community like Cobble Beach that is just two hours from Toronto. The rules and the culture are not so different. Here, you have all the amenities of home built-in…health care, safe drinking water, a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.” And, of course, that sweet exchange rate.

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Dec 08, 2015
Baja Boost


(LOS CABOS, MEXICO)  It’s a location unlike any other. The southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is an extraordinarily beautiful slice of land and home to great golf, gorgeous ocean views, and beautiful weather. It’s also home to Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas, which has five award-winning resorts in Cabo San Lucas, including Quivira Golf Club that opened last year. Now Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas has announced it is significantly increasing its commitment to the region with a planned investment of more than $120 million across its Los Cabos properties in 2016. Included in the plans are a major expansion for Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, which will add two new towers, , including a magnificent Presidential Suite. Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort will add 104 villas, a brand new upscale dining court , and a family-oriented recreational club. At Quivira, 2016 will also bring the next phase of development at Copala, which ultimately will include 85 houses and seven 6-floor buildings, each with 36 apartments, including 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units. They have also broken ground on the 22-acre Coronado community, set on a desert ridge high above the sea.

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