Oct 05, 2016
$7 Million Improvement

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL) It’s been 30 years since Arnold Palmer completed the golf course at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach, a layout he termed “kind of cozy” at the time. And now the course is ready for a new generation of golfers with its just-completed $7 million in renovations under the guidance of architect Greg Letsche, a senior design associate at Ernie Els Design. The renovations included a greater variety of tees, new greens built to USGA standards, an expanded game development center, and a new irrigation system with 2,275 sprinkler heads and 31.8 miles of pipe. A grand reopening is planned for October 22 with the PGA Tour’s Billy Horschel and archiect Letsche both in attendance. The Plantation's golf course is part of the premier community where home ownership includes membership to the course, plus to a private beach club, tennis facility, amenities park featuring a croquet lawn, fitness center and clubhouse. 

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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
Private Access

(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. 

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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.

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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.


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