Nov 04, 2016
Saving Wood Wind
(WESTFIELD, IN) Golf course owners are making tough decisions these days and more often than not they are resulting in course closings. Which makes Pulte Homes’ development proposal for Wood Wind Golf Course all the more special. Pulte Home’s proposal is the only one, out of five, that doesn’t eliminate the course in favor of building houses. Instead, reports Current in Westfield, their plans call for enhancing the golf course and making it in the center of the development. They plan to invest more than $5.5 million to relocate four holes and create an amenity center, along with building houses on the west side of the course. That’s important because Wood Wind is the city’s only public course, offers both a youth and high school program, and over the past eight years has helped raise $6.5 million in charitable donations through golf outings.
Nov 02, 2016
Eat, Play, Stay
(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) It’s back! Kiawah Island escaped relatively unscathed from Hurricane Matthew, and now it’s your turn to escape to this luxurious golf destination that’s primed, primped, and ready to embrace you. From November 13 through March 2, you can choose either championship golf on their world-class courses or the culinary delights of their memorable dining experiences. There is a range of packages that allow to choose from staying in a private villa or the Sanctuary hotel, golf at The Ocean Course or one of their other four outstanding courses, and dinner at one of the Resort’s heralded restaurants. You can even enhance your getaway with specially priced packages in The Spa at The Sanctuary — exclusive to Golf or Gourmet guests. You can get all the details, and make your reservation, by calling (800) 654-2924.
Oct 31, 2016
One Hundred and Done
(CARTHAGE, MO) Marking one hundred years is normally a joyous time for a country club and a sign that it successfully navigated the changes that come with the years. Not so for Missouri’s Broadview Country Club, which recently closed its doors not long after celebrating its centennial. The Joplin Globe reports that the closure brings to a halt member Mark Elliff’s three-generation streak at the club’s annual Christmas party. “I went as a kid, I took my kids, and I took my grandkids,” he said. “Santa was always there, and you took a bunch of pictures, and you knew it was the country club because of the background. But times and generations change.” While the club originally had a nine-hole golf course, it moved after WWII to a location adjacent to a municipal golf course and no longer needed to maintain its own course. The newspaper cites a report compiled for the National Club Association that say country clubs around the country are facing steadily declining membership due to changing cultural norms and economic conditions.
Oct 28, 2016
Havana Housing is Hot
(HAVANA) There was a time when the hottest thing coming out of Cuba was its cigars. But these days, apartments in the communist country are selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars and ocean-view homes are topping a million dollars. NPR reports that it’s been only five years since Cubans have been allowed to buy and sell property, but the real estate market has only begun to thaw since relations between the U.S. and Cuba started to warm up. But before you get too excited about purchasing property on this island just 100 miles off the tip of Florida, there are a few caveats. First, the U.S. still prohibits Americans from buying property here and Cuba only allows residents to purchase homes. And, second, this all-cash market is risky because rules and regulations are hazy and there is no title insurance. Still, the chase is on to find loopholes in the system so foreigners can get in on this booming market. But, hey, at least the cigars are legal now.
Oct 26, 2016
Little Turtle, Big Renovation
(WESTERVILLE, OH) The Pete Dye design at the Golf Club at Little Turtle is nearly 50 years old and was in need of a refresh when Stonehenge Co. bought it last year. Bucking the trend of bulldozing courses and building homes, the real estate development and construction firm instead chose to undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation to the clubhouse and course. A year and a half—and several million dollars—later, the course now features a signature Par 3 across an expanded pond, a short game area with an 18-hole Par 2 course, and a renovated clubhouse with a dedicated golf simulator room. With just a handful of things to check off their punch list, the club is now shifting its focus to attracting new members, marketing an event facility, and beginning new residential development around the course. Over the next five years, Stonehenge plans to build more residences on 15 acres around the course. Little Turtle was planned as a 5,000-unit community, and about 4,600 have been built, reports Columbus Business First.