Oct 03, 2016
Bunkers Go Luxe
(NEW YORK) Forget walk-in closets the size of a small house or media rooms that could host a movie premiere. The safe room is the must-have amenity of the uber rich. We’re not talking a cinder block shelter or Jody Foster-like structure that was more solitary confinement than panic room. Town and Country reports that the new safe room is more akin to a five-star retreat. In fact, some new safe rooms turn the entire master suite into a safe room with bulletproof windows, explosion-proof door, and air filtration units to guard against a gas attack. When disaster strikes, you can just hunker down in the luxury of your bedroom and monitor what’s going on through infrared cameras or push a button to activate plumes of fog designed to throw off intruders. It all sounds like James Bond-ish fun…until, of course, you actually need it.
Sep 30, 2016
(WEST NYACK, NY) Just 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan, the private Manhattan Woods Golf Club offers a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. The Gary Player design is ranked as a Best-In-State course by Golf Digest and offers magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline. And while it is easily accessible from Manhattan, northern New Jersey, Westchester, and lower Connecticut, you now have an opportunity to live incredibly closer. The golf club’s owner, Ken Lee, has put his 12,000-sq. ft., seven bedroom, eight full and two partial bath home on the market for $3.75 million. Set on 1.84 lushly landscaped acres, the home features a chef’s kitchen and a caterer’s kitchen, two master bedroom suites, wine cellar, wet bar, gym, and oversized recreation area. But that’s not the best part. The property is adjacent to the Manhattan Woods Golf Club and, thanks to Mr. Lee, the house comes with only approved access from the backyard to the golf course and the clubhouse. That’s right. Your own private entrance right through the backyard. That’s something that will impress your golf buddies.
Sep 28, 2016
A New Dye Design
(WESTFIELD, IN) Tomorrow, Pete Dye is scheduled to celebrate yet another of his course designs, this time in Indiana at The Club at Chatham Hills. Dye, 90, and his wife, Alice, will open the par 72, 7,215-yard course with ceremonial tee shots. Dye’s latest is set in the high-end, 800-acre residential community of the same name. According to the Henke Development Group, Dye dedicated over five years and hundreds of hours onsite to create the course, which is just minutes from Dye’s home. “It’s all rolling terrain. It’s creeks, valleys, hills and lot of woods,” Steve Henke, a partner in the development, told the Current in Westfield. “Pete worked with me in designing the residential lots, so they all have incredible views of the course. We began constructing those in November 2014. When [the community] is complete I would estimate it’s going to have 750 to 800 homes. There are already 75 to 80 homes under construction.” The private club is also slated to include a clubhouse with swimming pools, a swim-up pool bar, tennis and pickleball courts, bowling center, golf simulator, a ounge and fitness center, and a dog park.
Sep 26, 2016
New Life for an Old Gem
(APOPKA, FL) Bully for bold plans. Instead of merely paving over a heralded golf course past its prime and building hourse, The Signature H Property Group will redevelop Apopka Golf & Tennis Club at Errol Estate into a modern, profitable resort, according to the Apopka Voice. Plans for the newly named Staghorn Golf Club and Lodge include a redesign of the Joe Lee-designed course, a new 15,000-sq. ft. clubhouse with restaurant and bar, a small lodge or boutique hotel, a new water park with a lazy river and four-lane Olympic size pool, and four new community parks that will include green space, playgrounds, and pavilions. The golf course, which was designed in 1971, will have its 6th through 9th holes relocated and the entire course will get new tees, fairways, bunkers and greens, and new eco-friendly grasses. The changes will be under the direction of golf course architect Steve Smyers, whose designs include Isleworth Country Club in Orlando and the Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, with the aim of making the course tournament and destination golf worthy.
Sep 23, 2016
All’s Well in Los Cabos
(LOS CABOS, MEXICO) Two years ago, Hurricane Odile, packing 125 mph winds, slammed into Los Cabos, wreaking havoc. When Hurricane Newton hit the Baja California a few weeks ago, the results were much different. There was only minimal damage at clubs, resorts, and courses throughout the region. “Hurricane Newton was a much weaker storm, but Los Cabos is also much stronger than two years ago in terms of infrastructure, response strategy and recovery time,” says Querencia CEO Jorge Carrera. “Our community climbs more than 800 feet above sea level, and the golf course is protected by a number of hills and arroyos.” Carrera says the course was completely cleaned up within 48 hours and the club quickly re-opened. On the Pacific side of the peninsula, Diamante Cabo San Lucas reported only minor wind and rain-related damage to its Davis Love III Dunes and Tiger Woods El Cardonal courses. Crews were able to get both courses opened and ready for play within four days. The storm had no impact on Diamante’s new The Oasis Short Course from Tiger Woods Design, which was unaffected and is slated to open on December 9th. Similar reports hailed from the Questro family of golf courses, including Puerto Los Cabos, Club Campestre San Jose, and Cabo Real. To the east, Cabo del Sol opened a day after Hurricane Newton, following cleanup along its stretch of oceanfront holes.