Feb 03, 2016
Swan Song?

(DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC) Bloody Point Golf Course on Daufuskie Island is certainly one of the most intriguing names in golf. The course sits on the site of a series of bloody skirmishes in 1715 between Yemassee Indians and the island’s settlers. Now comes word that a more civil skirmish spells doom for the Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf design. A new proposal to turn the course, which the current owners restored for $2 million just five years ago, into a hospitality district with an inn and homes has preliminary approval by the county’s planning commission. The course has bled money since its renovation and owner Brian McCarthy feels the new proposal is “the single best chance for long-term success,” reports the Island Packet. A meeting with residents found the majority supported the new plan even though it means losing the golf course. Looks like if you want a final round on the course, you better make plans to get there soon

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Feb 01, 2016
Father/Son Coastal Gem

(Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic) It was the last golf course Robert Trent Jones Sr., who died in 2000, created outside the United States. This past November, his son, Rees Jones, directed an extension renovation of his dad’s Playa Grande Golf Course design, which features ten holes that play directly on the ocean. Those ten holes holes give Playa Grande the distinction of having the most oceanfront holes of any course in the Western Hemisphere. “It has been an honor to…essentially revive and enhance what was originally a dramatically routed course by my father.  We were given a unique opportunity to create an even more dramatic routing and breathe life into a design that will ultimately be enjoyed for generations to come on an international scale,” says Rees Jones. The renovated golf course, overlooking the crescent-shaped Playa Grande Beach, is the centerpiece of a new resort, Amanera Golf Resort, which includes residences. The first phase of the project, being developed by Dolphin Capital Investors, includes the golf course, a 36-suite resort and beach club, a golf clubhouse, spa and fitness facilities, and a limited number of golf, beach and cliff-side Aman villas for sale, all with spectacular ocean views.

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Jan 28, 2016
City Chic

(MIAMI, FL) Opulence seems to have no limits. In Miami it’s not enough to be oceanfront anymore. A new billion-dollar, 60-story, ultra-luxury condo tower in Sunny Isles Beach will have the touch of fashion legend Giorgio Armani all over it. And it won’t come cheap. The Residences by Armani/Casa, scheduled to open by late 2018, are selling units for about $3.5 million each. The Miami Herald reports that the sales center, which features a 2,500-sq. ft. reproduction of a penthouse’s main living areas, cost more than $10 million to build. For the kind of money you’ll spend to live here, you’ll be well pampered with amenities including a concierge, dog walker, cigar lounge, in-house private chef, and room and maid service. And if you decide to buy a $15 million penthouse? You’ll get a private audience with Armani in Milan.

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Jan 27, 2016
Celebrity Showdown

(EAST QUOGUE, NY) Celebrities have no qualms about lending their voice to any number of causes. Rarely do those causes involve golf. Actor Alec Baldwin, however, has weighed in on a proposed luxury golf course community, The Hills at Southampton, proposed by the Arizona-based Discovery Land Company. The community would consist of 118 homes and an 18-hole golf course. Baldwin recently recorded a public service announcement calling for citizens to help “Kill the Hills.” The longtime environmental advocate said, “The biggest and baddest development on Long Island is The Hills at Southampton proposed mega golf resort on some 500 acres of land that is the largest privately owned Pine Barrens parcel remaining on Long Island.” To address environmental concerns, Discovery Land says an advanced wastewater treatment system, along with other measures, will be built on the land to service the homes. Expect any number of studies and protests before this thing is settled.

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Jan 25, 2016
Viva Las Vegas

(LAS VEGAS, NV) To paraphrase Mark Twain, “The reports of the golf industry’s death have been greatly exaggerated.” Case in point is The Summit, a new Vegas project by Discovery Land, whose portfolio includes 18 U.S. communities and reports that it had a record year in 2015. The 555-acre ultra luxury country club community, expected to open late this year, will offer lots for custom homes priced at $2 million to $10 million, the most expensive in the Las Vegas Valley. The private golf community will also feature a Tom Fazio 18-hole course. The Summit Club takes it name not just from its elevated property that overlooks the Las Vegas Valley, but as a nod to the Rat Pack days when service and elegance were part and parcel of the Vegas experience. "From a Vegas perspective, in our opinion, this will be the only true ultra-exclusive, ultra-private golf community and golf course in all of Vegas," Discovery Land partner Steve Adelson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "This is a member golf course, and there will be no outside play unless guests are accompanied by a member."

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