Jan 23, 2015
Green Strikes Gold

(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) As if your friends wouldn’t be green enough with envy if you bought a home on Kiawah Island, imagine if it was in Indigo Park, a neighborhood featuring all LEED-Certified homes. Indigo Park is the vision of Candace Dyal, a long time Kiawah Island property owner who has a passion for building with a conscience. Her group, Dyal Compass LLC, is developing a luxury enclave of 16 homes built using the highest grade earth-friendly, sustainable materials. In order to show the quality and innovation of green homes, Dyal’s group has built four homes, all certified LEED. The durable, low maintenance homes with features such as shingles that never need painting or staining, integrated geothermal systems, and a220-watt outlet in the garage to charge your electric car, sit along the marsh and designed to take full advantage of Kiawah Island’s remarkable views. The commitment to sustainable building has been rewarded with the sale of the first home in Indigo Park. The 5-bedroom, 5-1/2 bath home sold for the full asking price of $2.515 million. 

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Jan 19, 2015
Cold Rush

(KEMBLE, ONTARIO) Now that 2014 has officially been declared the hottest year ever, we can start worrying that our great oceanfront courses will eventually be swallowed up by rising seas. Maybe it’s time to turn our eyes from the Sunbelt to north of the border. Of course, there are more immediate reasons to consider Canada, such as an exchange rate that yields a $50,000 discount on a $350,000 home and cradle to grave healthcare. Check it out for yourself on one of Cobble Beach’s “Discovery Weekend” packages being offered from late January through March. Designed to showcase one of Canada’s most sought-after residential enclaves located a few hours northwest of Toronto, rates for double occupancy start at $390 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and include two nights at the award-winning Inn at Cobble Beach; a welcome cocktail, dinner and curated wine tasting; and cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing. While you’ll have to wait until spring to play their links-style course on Georgian Bay, you can play a round on their high definition golf simulator during your weekend stay. Call (877) 781.0149 for more info.

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Jan 16, 2015
Pacific Paradise

(LOS CABOS, MEXICO) You’ve been watching beautiful shots of the Pacific Ocean during the Tour’s annual swing through Hawaii. Closer to home, Quivira Golf Club’s Jack Nicklaus Signature course offers seven holes set directly along the Pacific and views of the ocean from every fairway. You won’t have to enjoy the dazzling panoramic views from in front of your television if you take advantage of a new series of “Play More & Save More” golf vacation packages being offered by Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas. You’ll enjoy a private three-bedroom villa along a bluff overlooking the Pacific at Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, an exclusive gated community located just minutes from the golf club. Each villa is equipped with private infinity pools, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, maid and butler service, and beautiful gardens. You aren’t going to want to leave. Good thing the program lets you play multiple rounds at a progressive discount.

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Jan 14, 2015
Gourmet Golf

(ST. KITTS, WEST INDIES) Forget about the calorie-laden candy bar or the sandwich which has been pressed and steamed in your golf bag all round. At Kittitian Hill on St. Kitts in the West Indies, you’ll find the course bursting with fresh fruit and organic crops. The lavish resort is a sustainable community built on a 400-acre organic farm where the boundaries between crops and course are beautifully blurred. St. Kitts, all 65-square miles of it, was just feted by The New York Times as #34 on its list of must-visit places for 2015. Kittitian Hill stretches from the slopes of Mount Liamuiga to the beach 1,000 feet below, offering spectacular views  from the golf course across the sea to the islands of St. Barths and St. Martin. Just don’t forget to ask your caddie where to find the ripest, juiciest fruit to pick along the way.

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Jan 12, 2015
Half Time

(FUQUAY-VARINA, NC) Platinum is considered the appropriate gift to celebrate a 20th anniversary, but members of Crooked Creek Golf Club in North Carolina got something entirely different to mark the club’s 20 years: their course halved from 18 to 9 holes. At about the same time that Arnold Palmer was declaring that golf is “alive, well and booming worldwide,” and Club & Resort Business was reporting on a surge in new course openings in 2015, was reporting that Crooked Creek was converting to a nine-hole layout just months after celebrating its 20th anniversary. Apparently the owners received an offer they couldn’t refuse to convert the land that the first seven holes and driving range occupied to homesites. According to General Manager Drew Smith, the decision did not sit well with members. About half quit their membership, which considering there is only half a course left, seems entirely appropriate. 

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