Sep 16, 2016
Texas-Sized Community

(HEATH, TX) The death of new residential golf communities is, apparently, greatly exaggerated. The Dallas Morning News reports that a 787-acre master-planned community, Heath Golf & Yacht Club, will open on Lake Ray Hubbard east of Dallas. The development will have 1,200 homes and, according to the community’s website, a “27-hole resort-style championship golf course designed by renowned golf course designer Roy Bechtol.” Homes, most of which will range from 1,800 to 5,000-sq. ft., will start at more than $300,000. "Our luxury homes are located on and around scenic Lake Ray Hubbard," Rob Whittle, developer of Heath Golf & Yacht Club, said in a statement. "This development has been many years in the making but the views and amenities are worth the wait.” Planned amenities, beyond the golf course, include a clubhouse and grill, pool, children’s park, tennis court, fitness center, walking trails, and an elementary school. Club & Resort Business reports that though an official opening date has not been confirmed, one source noted that it is expected to open in July 2017.

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Sep 14, 2016
New Digs for Golfers

(GREENSBORO, GA) Not that we needed another reason to head to Reynolds Lake Oconee for a golf getaway, but the spacious new National Club Cottages, adjacent to the Tom Fazio-designed National Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee and within walking distance of the practice facilities and National Tavern, are ready and waiting. The Club Cottages are part of the National Village, the newest attraction at Reynolds and part of a $40 million investment in the lakeshore setting since being acquired by MetLife in August 2012. All six golf courses, including the members-only Creek Club, have undergone substantial improvements, as has The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, where rooms, cottages, restaurants, spa, and pools of have been redecorated and refurbished. The National Tavern is the centerpiece of The National Golf Village, and a stone’s throw from the National Club Cottages. The craftsman-style farmhouse design, complete with a large stacked stone fireplace, creates a welcoming environment for residents and guests. The outdoor fire pit area, lighted practice putting green, and golf course views, are complemented by The Tavern’s casual open-air dining options. The eight Club Cottages are designed to comfortably accommodate eight, with four bedrooms, 4½ baths, and a full kitchen in each, as well as two open living spaces and an expansive porch area.

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Sep 12, 2016
Hometown Honors

(HILTON HEAD, SC) Seeing as it’s our hometown PGA TOUR stop, and just down the road from our headquarters, we’re not surprised at all that Harbour Town Golf Links was ranked N0. 9 in GOLF Magazine’s 2016-17 “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” in the U.S. Or that its setting in The Sea Pines Resort received the coveted “Platinum” status in the magazine’s biennial Premier Resorts list for 2016-2017. As a matter of fact, Sea Pines and its courses have recently received a bundle of awards, including being honored in the inaugural “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” category. Last year, Harbour Town underwent a series of enhancements including a comprehensive regrassing of the entire layout. In 2014 Heron Point reopened following subtle modifications to the layout under the close supervision of Pete Dye. Next month, the resort will open its new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III course giving the legendary destination 54 holes of world-class golf. Which all goes to say, better get yourself down to our neighborhood soon and enjoy some of the very best golf you’ll find under the sun. We can vouch for it.

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Sep 09, 2016
Welcome to the Agrihood

(HAMPSHIRE, IL) Some of it has to do with the desire for farm-fresh food or reconnecting to nature. And plenty of it has to do with developer costs. For a multitude of reasons, agrihoods have become a hot commodity for residential communities. The concept isn’t new, but agrihoods are gaining in popularity, Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow for the Urban Land Institute, tells Dow Jones’ MarketWatch. He tracks about 200 agrihoods, where residential development coexists with farmland. Twenty years ago, there were maybe five or 10, and they were often called “conservation communities,” developments where green space wasn’t an afterthought, McMahon says. For those who buy homes in golf course communities for the green space and not the golf, agrihoods offer an attractive alternative with the added benefit of farm-fresh food. One such community is Serosun Farms, about 50 miles outside Chicago, where 75 percent of the development will be reserved for farming and open space. Sounds inviting, but we’d still like to fit a round of golf into our leisure time.

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Sep 07, 2016
Thundering Hooves

(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) We’ve been to Kiawah Island for the golf, the beach, and the superb amenities. But never for horse racing. That will change next month when the rare Marsh Tacky, South Carolina’s State Heritage Horse, races the beaches of Kiawah for the first time. The Marsh Tacky is a unique strain of Colonial Spanish Horse found only in South Carolina and is one of the most endangered horse breeds in the world. They once roamed freely by the hundreds through the South Carolina Sea Islands and Lowcountry but their numbers neared extinction as tractors, trucks, and development took the place of horsepower. Today, there are less than 400 Marsh Tackies left. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Kiawah Cares Foundation (KCF) will host the inaugural Kiawah Cup Island Beach Race in partnership with the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kiawah Cares Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life of Kiawah’s rural neighbors on Johns and Wadmalaw islands.

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