Jul 27, 2015
All-Star Golf Home

(FLAGSTAFF, AZ) Like many champion athletes, former MLB All-Star and current ESPN analyst, Mark Mulder, transferred his competitive drive to the golf course when his playing days ended. Mulder purchased a home in celebrity-friendly Pine Canyon, with its Jay Morrish designed course, and starting living the golf dream. A few weeks ago he won the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, beating another former major league pitcher, Eric Gagne. Mulder’s four-bedroom home, right on the golf course, is listed for $1,435,000. The lodge-style home features an. open-concept living room with cathedral ceilings, two-story windows, and a massive rock fireplace. As for Mulder, reports he won’t be leaving Pine Canyon behind. “Mark has been our club champion many times,” listing agent Jaime Shurts says. “He is upgrading within the community.”

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Jul 24, 2015
Pre-Recession Numbers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Been yearning for the good old days? They’re back. The National Association of Realtors reports that existing home sales rose in June to the highest level since February 2007. It’s not a fluke. Existing sales were up 9.6% from the same period a year ago, and have increased year-over-year for nine consecutive months. And the increase was seen in all four regions of the country. Prices are strong, too. The median sales price for June of $236,400 was 6.5% above the same month a year ago, surpassing the peak median sales price set in July 2006. Even better, mortgage rates this year are nearly three percentage points lower than they were in 2007.  Might want to jump on that private golf community home pretty soon.

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Jul 22, 2015
Not Dead Yet

(FORT LAUDERDALE, FL) It’s not the sexiest way to look at the health of the game of golf, but it has the numbers to back it up. The financial and tax consulting firm of McGladrey (you know them from their sponsored Tour pros and the namesake tournament) has released its 41st annual report on the financial and operational trends in private clubs throughout Florida. Sift through the data and you’ll find plenty to say that golf is not dead, despite some recent headlines that have garnered plenty of press. McGladrey’s report of key financial and operational findings from over 200 private clubs shows that clubs continue to see high transactional activity in golf.  On average, 25,500 rounds of golf are played annually per private club with golf course. “Look behind the headlines of golf and instead at the volume of transactional activity to find the real story about the game,” said Philip Newman, McGladrey partner. “If golf were dying as some say, private clubs wouldn’t see the flourishing operational results noted in this year’s survey.”

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Jul 20, 2015
Stateside St. Andrews

(BOCA RATON, FL) Perfect weather is an anomaly at the Old Course at St. Andrews. A walk across the Swilcan Bridge is more likely accompanied by grey skies, whipping winds or driving rains than bright blue skies and a blazing sun. Not so at the private golf community known as the “St. Andrews of Florida.” Boca Raton’s St. Andrews Country Club greets its members with two replicas of the iconic bridge. They set the tone of a very private community where the golf is great and tee times are nonexistent. Where everything is first class, from the food to the staff. And where the members treasure the collegial, family atmosphere. The Club recently underwent a $15 million “Club Improvement Plan” that included a complete redesign of the clubhouse, Gallery restaurant, main entry features, landscaping, and the recreation and aquatic center. Scotland it’s not, but with two outstanding golf courses, no tee times, uncompromising standards, and year-round sunshine, it’s a pretty spectacular place to live. 

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Jul 17, 2015
Open House

(ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND) Has coverage of The Open got you dreaming of living at the home of golf? We’ve got the house (make that the mansion) for you. Located “a short walk away from the university and golf course,” the two storey masionette is, according to the listing, “the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views after a long day on the golf course.” The four-bedroom, three-bath period property offers “fetching views of the sea and garden,” and includes a conservatory, corner fireplace, aga, and “no shortage of storage.” Even if you’re not in the market for a million pounds-plus masionette, the listing makes for delightful reading and saves the best line for last: “Please note that as a resident here you would be eligible to membership of all 7 courses locally and an additional 30 guest rounds for an annual subscription of £210.” Buy this property and you’re sure to need way more than 30 guest rounds a year!

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