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Dec 02, 2016
Go Fish


(BOERNE, TX) The River Club is just one of seven resort-style clubs at Cordillera Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The others are The Social Club, The Tennis and Swim Club, The Equestrian Club, The Rod and Gun Club, The Spa and Athletic Club and The Golf Club. Passion for the outdoor sporting lifestyle runs high here, so it’s no surprise that Cordillera Rand is building a new Outfitter Center that will house its River Club and additional outdoor programs and activities. Set to be completed in early 2017, the facility will house the club’s river and fishing equipment, and provide a pro shop fully stocked with fishing, kayaking and outdoor equipment. Guided fishing and river excursions will be offered by the staff, and members who own their own river equipment can use the center as the starting point for their own river adventures.  

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Nov 30, 2016
Floating Houses


(RIJSWIJK, THE NETHERLANDS) Some are calling it the greatest transformation in urbanism since Otis’ safety brake gave rise to the modern elevator. And quite possibility the answer to the threat of rising sea levels. We are speaking, of course, about the floating home. If you’ve not heard of it, don’t be alarmed. At this point in its history, the floating home has mainly been the domain of the superrich and the super poor. The New York Times reports that Koen Olthuis’s architectural firm, Waterstudio, has completed more than 200 floating homes and offices. Waterstudio’s designs range from exclusive floating islands in Dubai and the Maldives to projects like the floating container, called City App, that will serve as an education center in the poorest neighborhoods in Asia. Those floating islands will set you back about $5 million, but they can be transported around the globe. Perhaps even cozied up to the coastline of your favorite course.

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Nov 28, 2016
Preserved Forever


(POWAY, CA) Four years ago, Michael Schlesinger bought the floundering Escondido Country Club and closed it with the intent of building homes. A flurry of lawsuits later, the right to develop it was won, but the course remains closed and overgrown. In 2013, he purchased the StoneRidge Country Club and residents whose homes lined the course feared the same fate would befall it. Which makes the news that was reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune just before Thanksgiving especially welcome. StoneRidge Country Club has reached an agreement that calls for up to 12 percent (15 acres) of the golf course to be developed for housing, significant improvements to the club, a new clubhouse and “the forever preservation of 105 acres of open space for (the golf course).” While plenty of details still need to be worked out concerning the housing part of the agreement, we’re making an educated guess that the homeowners' Thanksgiving meal this year was especially tasty.

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Nov 23, 2016
New Trimmings at Treetops


(GAYLORD, MN) It’s winter sports season now, but by the time golf season rolls around next spring, Treetops Resort should be finished with a $4.5 million renovation of its buildings and rooms. That’s great news for golfers. There are 81 holes to play at Treetops, from Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s last course in Michigan—called Masterpiece, and featuring a 120-foot drop into the Pigeon River Valley—to the state’s only Tom Fazio design, as well as a walking course that pays homage to the game’s origins  and one of the top-ranked par-three tracks in the country. UpLiveNorth.com  reports that the resort has secured a $4.5 million loan to remodel the outside of two of its lodging buildings as well as almost 200 rooms inside. They plan on having the outside of the buildings finished by Christmas, while their target for the room interiors is May 1. If you’re headed there for ski season, you will still be able to stay in the rooms while they work on one section at a time.

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Nov 21, 2016
All Hands on Deck


(SAVANNAH, GA) Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc along the East Coast last month, hitting hard in areas that have generally avoided the path of hurricanes over the last century. The Landings Club on Skidaway Island suffered serious wind damage, losing thousands of trees on their six golf courses, according to Club & Resort Business. But the community bounced back in a big way. “While I wouldn’t wish this kind of hardship on anyone, I could honestly say that I’ve never been a part of a group as selfless, caring and close-knit as we have here at The Landings Club,” says Steven Freund, Executive Director. “The worst in the storm brought out the best in our staff and members, and I feel confident that any of our 450+ employees or 3,000+ members would agree.” Employees from every department went to work to clear debris and trees from the club’s grounds and 91 miles of roadways after the October 7 storm, allowing most club amenities to reopen by October 17. Club members also donated a total of $90,000 to the Employee Needs Fund, which helps employees experiencing unexpected financial hardship.

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