May 02, 2016
(BRAINERD, MN) The power of storms was evident over the weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. But nothing like what happened last July at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Minnesota. A series of microbursts pummeled the 63-hole resort, damaging 20 buildings and downing 200 trees. Guests had to be evacuated, but, thankfully, there were no serious injuries. Ten months and $13 million later, the popular resort has reopened. The Duluth News Tribune reports “It wasn't the first time destruction had beset Madden's, which steadily grew from humble beginnings by expanding and buying neighboring resorts and lands. In 1964, a fire destroyed the golf complex at the resort's Pine Beach Golf Course. The disaster gave the Maddens cause to rebuild, resulting in a superior facility. Jim Madden would later recall: ‘It may have been the best thing that has happened to us.’” The silver lining this time around? 85 new guest rooms and updated amenities.
Apr 29, 2016
(RIVERSIDE, CA) While golfers may have died a thousand figurative deaths over the years at General Old Golf Course, we can probably safely assume the golf course was the final resting place for any of them. Until now. Part of the military land around March Air Reserve Base, the course had been slated to be reconfigured as part of a new housing development of 670 homes. But the course would remain. Then plans changed and the course was nixed as being too expensive. Instead, 1,660 homes would be built on the land. As if that was indignity enough, the plan was changed once again. Under the new proposal, the golf course closes and the homes disappear. In their place, the entire parcel would be used to expand Riverside National Cemetery. Obviously not a fan of the golf course, one local business leader called the cemetery expansion “the perfect use for that land.” Looks like the course’s obituary has already been written.
Apr 27, 2016
Red Hot Richmond
(MOSELEY, VA) Home to one of one of Golf Digest’s “Best New” courses in 2015, Magnolia Green is Richmond’s best-selling new home community. And they have just introduced four new neighborhoods in anticipation of another record-setting year. The community’s owner, iStar, has invested nearly $150 million in the premier multi-generational, active-lifestyle residential community, including resort-style amenities such as swimming pools, sports courts, playing fields, and the Magnolia Green Golf Club (a Nicklaus Design in association with Tom Clark). Now comes the next phase of development with four new neighborhoods, which will include many homesites with golf course views. A 15,000-square-foot clubhouse is scheduled to open in spring of next year.
Apr 25, 2016
High Flying Deals
(SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL) With the possible exception of space travel, over-the-top amenities that come with the purchase of luxury homes may have finally reached “the sky’s the limit” level. At the South Florida luxe condo development, Aurora, owners get a one-year membership to a private jet charter company. While in New York City, the residents of 111 Murray Street have access to Blue Star Jets’ 25-Hour Sky Card program for last-minute flying. Wine cellars, lap pools, and yoga gardens were once considered enough to lure buyers to pay top dollar for luxury homes. But the ante has been upped in recent years with some developments offering luxury cars as part of the incentive to buy. But will it be enough? Bloomberg reports that “even with such enticements, it’s a tall order to hawk high-end condos these days.” Luxury condo prices are trending downward both here and abroad. Whether or not flashy amenities, like private jet travel, will help buck that trend remains to be seen.
Apr 22, 2016
(EUREKA, MT) There are a million reasons to get yourself to Montana’s Big Sky country. But, come the end of August, there are none better than heading to Wilderness Club for their inaugural Sir Nick Faldo Mixed Couples Pro-Am. The three-day event (August 28-30 or August 31-September 2) promises a relaxed tempo with couples playing a twosome scramble accompanied by their Club Pro. After enjoying a practice round on the first day, the next two days introduce tournament play on the course designed by Faldo and rated tops in Montana. You’ll even get to mingle with Sir Nick Faldo himself and take part in golf clinics, get tips, and go head-to-head in putting, chipping and iron accuracy shot challenges with the 3-time winner of the British Open and 3-time winner of The Masters. Not only did Sir Nick design the course here, he loves to visit for the spectacular fly fishing. You just might catch him casting for rainbow trout in the Club's lake. For more info on the Pro-Am or to sign up, click the link below.