Aug 12, 2015
Market Correction

(NEW YORK) “Given the economic and demographic shifts in the U.S. many clubs discovered they needed to truly understand their potential members by evaluating demographics in relation to the physical geography of the club,” writes Elisa Gaudet this week in The Huffington Post. The formula for the three clubs highlighted in the story was finding their own distinct voice and style. The Bay Club (Mass.), Shackamaxon Country Club (N.Y.), and Alpine Country Club (R.I.) all took different routes to weathering the market turndown. All emerged as success stories. An emphasis on family-friendly amenities and value-oriented memberships played a key role. The article also examines how innovative ventures like Topgolf and GolfBoard are adding fun twists to golf.

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Aug 10, 2015
No Barriers Golf

(LAKE KEOWEE, SC) Great to see private golf communities, always a generous bunch, coming together to help wounded veterans and their families. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove will host the No Barriers Golf Tournament, which combines a golf tournament and keynote luncheon, from August 24-25. Keynote speaker, J.R. Martinez, is a combat veteran who has used his personal injury and recovery story to inspire others. He’s also author of the the New York Times best-selling book “My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit” and was “Dancing with the Stars” 2013 champion. He’ll speak at the August 25th luncheon at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove following the golf tournament. If you are feeling really ambitious, you can join wounded warriors on August 24 at Mountain Air Country Club for an inspiring hike. If you are interested in either event, or simply to make a donation to No Barriers, contact Rob Panos at 970-484-3633 or

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Aug 07, 2015
Debate Debacle

(ALBERQUERQUE, NM) Donald Trump would have felt right at home at this gathering. A residents’ forum by Pulte Homes turned into a contentious debate, reports the Alberquerque Journal, over plans to construct 180 homes on nine holes of Club Rio Rancho that have been dormant for three years. Seems residents—concerned about obstructed views, property values and broken promises by a former owner—refused to confine themselves to commenting on input cards the company provided for the meeting. Shouting seemed like a better option. Things, of course, deteriorated. A frustrated Pulte representative, who took the brunt of the residents’ wrath, eventually tried to end the meeting when a news camera arrived, citing “company policy.” For Trump, the arrival of a news camera would have just got the party started.

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Aug 05, 2015
Sizzling Sales

(BOERNE, TX) They do things big in Texas. Take the premier luxury community of Cordillera Ranch. The Hill Country residential community boasts 8,700 acres.  At build-out, though there will be about 2,500 homes, this will still be a Texas-sized low-density community with approximately 80% of the land preserved in its natural state. They offer 10-plus acre estates and seven clubs through one membership (Golf, Tennis and Swim, Spa and Athletic, Social, Rod and Gun, Equestrian, and River). No wonder they are reporting that 2015 real estate sales are on a torrid pace, nearly doubling 2014’s pace. Overall, in the past 12 months they have had over $100 million in new home starts, and homesite and home sales. Helping to trigger those scorching-hot sales figures, The Dallas Morning News ranked the community’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course top-5 in Texas for the seventh consecutive year, and Where to Retire Magazine named Cordillera Ranch one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.”

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Aug 03, 2015
A Course Divided

(LINVILLE, NC) If you’re not from these parts, you might be surprised that there is more than one Continental Divide in the U.S. The Eastern Divide runs smack through Linville Ridge’s 13th hole, which at 4,945 feet above sea level has honors as the highest elevation of any course east of the Mississippi River. Built on top of a mountain near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, this private course within the private community of Linville Ridge, was originally designed by George Cobb, who also designed Augusta National’s par-3 course. In 2007, Bobby Weed added his special magic with a masterful renovation that highlights the course’s scenic ruggedness. While this region can be quite warm in the summer, temperatures average a comfortable 75 degrees on the mountaintop (20 degrees cooler than in the surrounding cities of Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville). While the golf course is private, National and Regional memberships are available. 

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