Aug 17, 2016
(HEBER CITY, UT) The private recreational mountain community of Red Ledges already had plenty of premier amenities for its members to enjoy: two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses (an 18-hole championship golf course and a new 12-hole Golf Park), the Jim McLean Golf School, the Cliff Drysdale Tennis School, an extensive equestrian program, a swim and fitness club, and two private member ski lounges in Deer Valley. But last year they added a spectacular clubhouse that was recently honored as one of the top “2016 Clubhouses of the Year” by Golf Inc. Magazine. The 15,300-sq. ft., two-story clubhouse features fine dining in the Juniper Grill, a sports shop, luxurious locker rooms, and relaxing patios offering great views of Mount Timpanogos. The western-ranch and mountain-style clubhouse epitomizes rustic elegance with its heavy timber columns, beams, and trusses, along with locally quarried red sandstone. Red Ledges, a Troon Privé managed club, placed third among all private club new clubhouses honored by Golf Inc.
Aug 15, 2016
(WESTFIELD, IN) There have been plenty of stories that past few years featuring golf courses turned into housing developments. In a new twist, Pulte Homes has proposed a residential community in Indiana that would surround a struggling golf course and make it the centerpiece of the development. According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the 780-acre development in Westfield would include single-family houses, multifamily housing, tennis courts, swimming pools, and some commercial use. The future of the public Wood Wind Golf Course has been in question for more than a year. The Pulte proposal calls for partially redesigning, modernizing, and upgrading the course. Proposed new amenities also include a recreation center, lap pool, resort pool, kid’s pool, tennis and basketball courts and banquet pavilion to be added near the clubhouse at Wood Wind. But the developer has its work cut out for it. A much smaller project was recently opposed by a group of residents and failed to move forward.
Aug 12, 2016
$100 Million Expansion
(BLUFFTON, SC) Not content to be an award-winning resort, with a AAA Five Diamond award and named one of Travel & Leisure's "Top Romantic Hotels" in the world, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff has been undergoing a $100 million expansion this past year. The work is expected to be complete by September 1. The new high-end hotel, now named Montage Palmetto Bluff, will grow the resort from 50 cottages and 30 homes to include 200 additional rooms, a 13,000-sq. ft. spa and salon, a chapel and three new restaurants. The hotel is situated in Palmetto Bluff, a 20,000-acre luxury waterfront community that boasts a Jack Nicklaus golf course, conservatory, equestrian center, kayaking, boating, fishing, dolphin watching, a shooting range, tennis, croquet, and shopping, for its residents and guests. Condé Nast Traveler describes Palmetto Bluff as, “just what we have in mind when we swing down South—great golf, good manners, and plenty of room to relax. You won’t want for anything here—the resort offers up everything.” And soon there will be plenty of room for more of us to enjoy it.
Aug 10, 2016
America’s Most Expensive Home
(BEVERLY HILLS, CA) Suddenly, those multi-million-dollar golf course homes seem not so expensive. Of course, they probably don’t come with their own outdoor golf practice facility, miniature golf course, and indoor hitting bay. And those don’t even merit top billing in the listing for the massive estate that is now on the market at a record-breaking price of $195 million. So, what do you get for that kind of cash? Try 53,000-square-feet of living space, a vineyard, 27-car garage, and a 5,000-square-foot master suite that’s bigger than most luxury homes. Did we mention the guest house, formal gardens, spa, 50-seat theater, bowling alley, and 128-foot long reflecting pool? If you’re wondering what it’s like to live in such grandiose surroundings, don’t ask the owner, real estate mogul Jeff Greene. According to CNN Money, he hardly spends any time there, content with renting it out for $475,000 a month. If you’ve got that kind of cash, you could throw one heck of a party. The house can accommodate 1,000 guests for events and seat 250 for dinner. Followed by one heckuva game of mini golf.
Aug 08, 2016
(CHICAGO) The story goes that President Obama first took up golf in 1997 after his wife, worried about his pickup basketball injuries, asked him, "Why don't you take up something less dangerous? Like golf?" Obama took his wife’s suggestion and headed off to play in Chicago’s Jackson Park. Now that it has been officially announced that his presidential library and museum will be located in the Jackson Park area, the buzz is that the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses could be combined into one championship-level lakefront course worthy of hosting the BMW Championship, the Chicago Tribune reports. The course would be just a piece of the puzzle, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Obama Presidential Center, that could boost tourism in South Chicago. Such a project would be complicated and eventually derailed by wetlands and public beach access, along with the naysayers who question whether a golf course is best option for revitalizing a poor neighborhood.