Nov 26, 2014
(Truckee, CA) Signature golf courses, luxurious clubhouses, and enviable locations are hard to beat at the best of private golf communities. But as anyone can tell you who lives (or has lived) in one, it’s the intangibles that separate the best from the wannabes. Martis Camp is one of those places. Sure, they offer world-class golf and skiing. Yes, they’ve almost sold out of developer properties. And in a year of record sales, this is the community that set a record with a $1.6 million real estate sale in bitcoin (the virtual currency). But if you want to know why they are really so successful, check out their blog (link below) detailing what’s going on during the season they call Wintumn (equal parts autumn and winter). From Thanksgiving dinner at their Camp Lodge to holiday tree lightings, from skating on their rink to the lighting of Chanukah flames, life here is cozy, fun, and family-centered. Plenty of hot chocolate, cookie-making classes, and quiet moments with family in the season between golf and skiing. Wintum. It has a nice ring to it.
Nov 24, 2014
(EAST QUOGUE, NY) The Discovery Land Company has created some of the country’s most notable private golf communities, including Estancia and Mirabel in Arizona, Yellowstone Club in Montana, and Kuki’o in Hawaii. They haven’t ventured into the Eastern U.S. much and their current project on in the Town of Southampton on Long Island may shed light why. They are working to gain approval to build a community in the village of East Quogue that will have a little over 100 homes, a Tom Fazio golf course that “winds through a preserved forest of coastal pines,” and aclubhouse. A recent article in The Southampton Press painstakingly details zoning committee meetings with environmental experts that drill down to small details concerning as little as “2 milligrams of nitrogen or less.” Sounds like the going has been tough, but Discovery Land Company has stayed committed to both building the community and meeting the concerns of local residents, environmentalists, and planning boards.
Nov 21, 2014
Aging in Place
(NEW YORK) The Milken Institute's “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report surely didn’t measure a desire for year-round golf. How else to explain that Madison, Wisconsin, Omaha, Nebraska, Provo and Salt Lake City Utah, and Boston, top the list of the five best cities to grow older in? According to an article on CNN Money, longer living seniors are working longer, too. They care more about locations with great health care, community engagement, and education and employment opportunities. They don’t seem to be ready to soak in the warm Florida sunshine on the beach or the golf course. The AARP says the number of Americans between 65 and 90 years old who are working full time has doubled over the past 10 years. And they are saying their preference is to age in place. We’re not sure if this week’s weather in Buffalo, New York, changed anyone’s mind.
Nov 19, 2014
(WESTON, MA) Decorum be damned. At the posh, invitation-only Weston Golf Club outside Boston, a couple suspected of wearing jeans and trying to join friends for a late night drink in the clubhouse ignited a heated confrontation with the club president. Police were called in to quell the uproar, which resulted in 10 club members receiving three-month suspensions for dress code violations and the club president resigning. Weston’s dress code bans denim of all kinds with the exception of “neat, not torn, white denim,” according to a report in today’s Boston Globe. The couple, who were not members, claim they were not wearing forbidden denim when they arrived at the clubhouse to meet friends just before 11 p.m. Whatever the truth, the damage was done. Perhaps the club should think about making last call at 10 p.m.
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.