Sep 02, 2015
Living Well

(WELLINGTON, FL ) The city of Wellington is an appropriate location for Wycliffe Golf & Country Club, a private golf community that has long had a reputation for an emphasis on wellness.  One of the first clubs to offer the convenience of onsite physical therapy to its members, Wycliffe has now been formally honored as one of America's Healthiest Clubs.  The process of being chosen as one of America's Healthiest Clubs includes a detailed analysis of the club’s menus, activities, benefits programs and engagement tools. Rick Ladendorf, Executive Producer of America’s Healthiest Clubs, cited Wycliffe for a very active membership that plays golf, tennis and regularly visits the fitness center. When LINKS Magazine visited the club, we found an incredible array of year-round activities and clubs to satisfy every interest and whim, including a group of former New Yorkers who keep their love of stickball alive by playing in the Wycliffe stickball league. The gated community boasts two 18-hole golf courses, 16 Har-Tru tennis courts, state-of-the-art Fitness Center and Spa, as well as an expansive clubhouse with two dining venues featuring plenty of healthy dining options.

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Aug 31, 2015
326 Holes, 24 Hours

(MILL SPRING, NC) Mind boggling. Next Monday, Brian Stewart, PGA Professional and Director of Golf Operations at Bright’s Creek, will attempt to play 326 holes in 24 straight hours. It’s all part of Bright’s Creek’s 1st Annual Patriot Golf Day Charity  Tournament on September.  Their goal is to raise $50,000 for the Folds of Honor Foundation through 15 corporate sponsors and 100 golfers. If you are interested in playing, the cost of play is $400 for a foursome. If you can’t play, but would like to contribute to Stewart’s attempt to play at least 326 holes, you can click on the link below. 100% of these donations, which will be accepted until September 30, will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation. And in case you were wondering if Stewart can meet the challenge, he played 325 holes last year in 24 hours.  

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Aug 28, 2015
A Softer Dye

(HILTON HEAD, SC) Not all Pete Dye courses are meant to make you weak in the knees. At least not anymore. While the Heron Point by Pete Dye layout at  The Sea Pines Resort may have been daunting when it first opened, a series of subtle modifications in 2014 under the close supervision of Dye has made the course more player friendly. Dye’s team softened the green surrounds and contours, enlarged several greens, and transitioned the putting surfaces to Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same strand used on Harbour Town Golf Links. Seven sets of tees allow you to play it considerably shorter than the 7,000 yards it measures from the back tees. All that work has paid off as Heron Point has been named “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association (SCGCOA). This honor automatically nominates it for the National Golf Course Owners Association’s “National Course of the Year” award.  

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Aug 26, 2015
Homeowner Cultural Shift

(NEW YORK) Homeownership rates recently hit 48-year lows, reports Fortune. That’s not good news. Either are figures that show first-time homebuyers are taking the plunge much later than ever. So what’s up? We know that soaring student debt and high rents are making it more difficult to save up for a down payment. And with more young adults putting off marriage and living with their parents, they don’t have much of an incentive to buy a home of their own and settle. Fortune quotes Jed Kolko, Senior Fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, on the subject: “The share of young adults living with their parents increased in 2015…. One contributing factor is that 25-34 year-olds are decreasingly likely to be married or cohabitating with a partner, and – unsurprisingly – married or cohabitating young adults rarely live with their parents (just 2% do) compared with 31% of those who aren’t living with a spouse or partner. The decline in marriage among young adults is a long-term trend, pre-dating the recession.” Turns out it’s 65-74 year-old seniors who leading the way in new households, not the youngsters.  

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Aug 24, 2015
Re-Boot Ranch

(FREDERICKSBURG, TX) Big skies, rolling hills, and views that seem to stretch forever. Ultra-exclusive Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country has it all, including a celebrated Hal Sutton-designed course and Texas-sized 34-acre practice area. (The course has been ranked among the “Top 10 in Texas” seven times by The Dallas Morning News.) Now the 2,052-acre private master-planned community has new ownership. Terra Verde Group, in a partnership with Wheelock Street Capital, announced last week they have acquired Boot Ranch from Lehman Brothers. Expect to see some amenity enhancements in the coming year and special purchase incentives right away. Dan Green, Wheelock principal and head of land acquisitions, says there will be an infusion of new capital into the property, while Terra Verde Group founding partner Craig Martin called Boot Ranch “hands down the best private golf community in the state of Texas.”A limited property release of estate home sites and luxury cabins will occur immediately and special purchase incentives will be offered through September on these properties. Additional amenity enhancements and new residential property offerings are scheduled for 2016. 

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