Dec 05, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Greens That Are Really Green

Much lip service is paid to golf course sustainability, but Kittitian Hill Resort, situated on 400 acres of fertile tropical farmland on the north tip of St. Kitts, is redefining what it means to be green in the Caribbean. Irie Fields, the resort’s new golf course designed by Ian Woosnam, will be 100% sustainable, with founder Val Kempadoo insisting that no chemical fertilizers be used in the nurturing of the turfgrass. Instead of spraying weed killer, superintendent Chris Biagi hires workers to pull weeds by hand: This practice actually is cheaper than using expensive imported herbicides, plus the money goes directly into the local economy. Biagi is using dry organic nutrients for the grow-in of the course and reports rapid growth. Once the irrigation system is completed and a pump station installed, Biagi will treat the fairways by spraying “tea” extracted from the dry organic fertilizer. “My vision is to bring together community and culture, along with mindful conservation of natural resources,” Kempadoo said. The resort is tentatively scheduled to open this month, and caddies have been trained to share their tips on where to pick the ripest, juiciest fruit on the course.

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Dec 04, 2013 | 08:56 AM

Monterey? Nope, South Korea

For those of you willing to travel just about anywhere to experience a special golf course, your latest challenge has arrived: South Cape Owners Club, set on the rugged coastline of Namhae Island, South Korea. Every hole on the Kyle Phillips design has a view of the East China Sea, which comes into play on eight holes, most stunningly at the 16th, a par three that plays 223 yards over a cove and evokes the 16th at Cypress Point. The course is the centerpiece of a luxury resort that also includes a 40-suite boutique hotel and spa plus 130 private villas, all with sea views. Bon voyage!

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Dec 03, 2013 | 06:02 AM

Rock For Sale

Anyone lucky enough to have played Turnberry, the magnificent links in western Scotland, is familiar with Ailsa Craig, the giant hunk of rock that rises ominously out of the Firth of Clyde. Background for thousands of photos and televised images from four British Opens, Ailsa Craig is 220 acres of granite, roughly three-quarters of a mile long, uninhabited except by thousands of sea birds—and for sale. It’s been on the market since 2010, originally at $4 million but recently reduced to $2.4 million by the eighth Marquess of Ailsa, whose family has owned it for five centuries. According to The New York Times, the island has a colorful history: It was a military fortification against the Spaniards and its unique, water-resistant rock is still being used to make stones for the sport of curling. The new owner probably won’t want to move in: There’s no electricity, no fresh water, and nothing will grow there. But for golfers the world over, its haunting visage is priceless.

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Dec 02, 2013 | 12:23 PM

The Next Bandon?

The man who created Oregon’s Bandon Dunes (above)—Mike Keiser—is looking to do it again, this time in Wisconsin. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Keiser is planning a 1,500-acre, four-course resort called Sand Valley in the middle of the state about 15 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids and 100 miles north of Madison. The newspaper describes the 2.4 square miles of land Keiser hopes to close on later this month as “sand dunes that formed the bottom of a prehistoric lake.” The architect for the first course also will be announced soon; it is expected to be either Tom Doak, David McLay Kidd, or Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore—the designers responsible for the courses at Bandon Dunes—with construction to begin next year and the course open in late 2016 or early 2017. Keiser was quoted as saying Sand Valley “would make Wisconsin the best summertime place for golf in the world."

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