Sep 16, 2015
(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL) There are plenty of factors to consider when doing your homework on a place to live or play. Location, value for your money, social life, and a great golf course (or two) are high on everyone’s list. But what about the practice facility? A recent feature on the subject in By Design, the official magazine of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, focuses on architect Drew Rogers’ complete overhaul of the practice facility at The Club at Mirasol (scheduled to open next month). Once something of an afterthought, practice facilities have become a focus of private clubs competing for the allegiance of members. Mirasol went so far as to commission a comprehensive study to determine how the entire facility was used and should be used. “The practice facility has become one of the primary drivers of golf usage here at Mirasol," Director of Golf Course Maintenance Michael Thomas told By Design. "Members increasingly hang out with their buddies, have lunch, hit balls and don't necessarily even go out on the golf course -- that's the trend we see.” Rogers even created a place to practice fairway bunker shots. “It may be the toughest shot in golf: the long bunker shot," Rogers said. "But its difficulty is due, in part, to the fact that it's rarely practiced! At Mirasol, now you can.”
Sep 14, 2015
£1 Billion Master Plan
(QUARTEIRA, PORTUGAL) With its spectacular beaches and year-round sunshine, Portugal has been a favored travel destination for Europeans. It’s also one of its most popular golf destinations, thanks to the collection of courses that line the Algarve coastline. With last week’s announcement by Vilamoura that it is launching the second phase of its £1 billion master plan in the Algarve’s Golden Triangle, there will be plenty of opportunity to not only play there, but to own there. Situated on 4,200 acres, Vilamoura is one of the Algarve’s largest leisure developments and home to the 2015 International Marina of the Year, five world renowned golf courses, magnificent beaches, and a range of four and five-star hotels. One of the key facets of the master plan will be Vilamoura Lakes, planned to include 1,900 residential units, five tourist-focused developments, and retail and gourmet restaurant offerings that are all located within an “environmentally considerate setting.”
Sep 11, 2015
(SALEM, SC) Last year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst came tantalizingly close to being a co-ed golf tournament, but the NCAA is going to take honors for getting the job done. For the first time in the history of the NCAA and Clemson University, the men’s and women’s golf teams will co-host a tournament. The Clemson Invitational on Lake Keowee is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3, 2016, and will feature simultaneous tournaments, with the men playing on The Cliffs at Keowee Falls’ Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Golf Course. The women will play on a neighboring Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at The Reserve on Lake Keowee. “This has been a long time coming,” says Larry Penley, Clemson Men’s Head Golf Coach. “We wanted it to be the right fit before we put our name on a college tournament. Our goal is to make it the best regular season tournament in the country, one that will be a memorable event for all the players participating.”
Schools scheduled to compete:
Clemson, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Notre Dame, University of Louisville, Furman University, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Winthrop University, and Elon University
Clemson, Texas A&M University, Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee, University of Florida, Michigan State University, Furman University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Kennesaw State University, University of Houston, Virginia Tech University, University of Oklahoma, Georgia Regents University Augusta, and Boston College
Sep 09, 2015
Luxury That Concedes to No One
(SARASOTA, FL) You most likely are well aware of the story. On the final hole of the 1969 Ryder Cup match at Royal Birkdale, Jack Nicklaus conceded a two-foot putt to Tony Jacklin to halve their match. The result: the first overall tie in Ryder Cup history. Nicklaus’ gesture became known as “the concession” and marked the beginning of a lasting friendship between the two that became the inspiration for The Concession Golf Club--and The Concession Residences, which are coming off a banner year in which 55 lots sold and 16 homes were completed. Year to date, 23 home sites have sold at an average price of $305,617, an 18 percent increase year-over-year. Nestled inside The Residences, in the private neighborhood of Birkdale, the sought-after Jack Nicklaus Cove residences feature lush landscaping and classical architecture set amid generous half-acre home sites. Residents are invited to join The Concession Golf Club, with its 7,474-yard tournament-caliber layout and stunning clubhouse filled with memorabilia of golf personalities, events and tournaments, including the 1969 Ryder Cup.
Sep 07, 2015
Wild West Getaway
(DURANGO, CO) The historic mining town of Durango, once the rough and tumble Old West domain of gamblers, cowboys, and the picturesque backdrop for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, is surrounded by snow-capped peaks that rise to 14,000 feet. It’s a magnificent setting any time of year, but with the colors of fall and the white snow of winter on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to visit. So the timing is ideal for the announcement of their “Discovery Package.” Beginning immediately and available through 2016, this program allows you to enjoy all the amenities currently available only to community members for a limited time. These include tennis, fitness facilities, pool, pond fishing, and hiking trails, as well as golf on the their Arthur Hills-designed Signature Course. (It’s a thrill teeing off the 1st hole of the Glacier nine with its 190-foot drop.) A three-day/two-night stay including use of any and all club facilities, one round of golf for four, and dinner for four in the Clubhouse dining room (a $250 value) costs $1,250 per package. Or you could to go in winter when the alpine skiing is spectacular.