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December 6, 2011 | 9:24 a.m.

Do-over at Dorado

Martin Kaufmann
No. 4 on Dorado Beach's East Course.
No. 4 on Dorado Beach's East Course.

DORADO, Puerto Rico – On a recent, muggy Friday morning,bulldozers rumbled and workers scurried about near the 18th green of the newly renovated East Course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club, tearing down the old clubhouse to clear room for two private villas expected to fetch $7.5 million apiece.

On a separate site nearby, more workers and heavy machinery were in the initial phase of erecting a seaside, 115-key Ritz-Carlton Reserve, only the second hotel from Ritz’s top-shelf brand to be built worldwide. 

While most resort projects in the Caribbean and U.S. are stalled, if not dead in ...

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Categories: Martin Kaufmann, Resorts
November 2, 2011 | 1:16 a.m.

Resort's finest

Golfweek Staff
No. 18th hole at Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South) in Newport Coast, Calif.
No. 18th hole at Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South) in Newport Coast, Calif.

1. Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 2001

Tom Doak

Avg. rating: 9.21


2. Old Macdonald

Bandon, Ore., 2010

Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

Avg. rating: 8.83


3. Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1999

D. Grant, Jack Neville

Avg. rating: 8.83


4. Whistling Straits (Straits)

Kohler, Wis., 1997

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 8.64


5. Pinehurst (No. 2)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1903-1946

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 8.44


6. Bandon Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 1999

David McLay Kidd

Avg. rating: 8.30


7. Shadow Creek

North Las Vegas, Nev., 1990

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 8.06


8. Spyglass Hill

Pebble Beach ...

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October 7, 2011 | 12:38 p.m.

Dominican resorts undergo changes, expansion

Martin Kaufmann
Sanctuary Cap Cana
Sanctuary Cap Cana

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Salamander Hotels & Resorts is now managing Sanctuary Cap Cana, a 176-room oceanfront resort.

The Cap Cana development in which the Sanctuary is located also is home to Punta Espada Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus seaside design ranked No. 1 among Golfweek’s Best Caribbean Courses. The resort is on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, just south of the Punta Cana International Airport.

Virginia-based Salamander plans to transition away from Sanctuary’s all-inclusive, couples-only format, though existing all-inclusive reservations will be honored. Salamander plans to begin offering a la carte dining by Oct. 31, and ...

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August 24, 2011 | 5:43 p.m.

McConnell Golf adds a TPC to its portfolio

Golfweek Staff
TPC Wakefield Plantation
TPC Wakefield Plantation

RALEIGH, N.C. – McConnell Golf LLC has acquired TPC Wakefield Plantation from the PGA Tour. 

The purchase brings McConnell Golf’s portfolio to eight courses – six in North Carolina and two in South Carolina. TPC Wakefield Plantation, a Hale Irwin design, opened in 2000 and sits on 217 acres. The course hosts the Nationwide Tour’s Rex Hospital Open. 

In February, McConnell Golf acquired Sedgefield Plantation, the Greensboro, N.C., course that hosts the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. 

McConnell Golf sells a $10,000 national membership that provides access to all eight clubs that the company operates. 

Visit www ...

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Categories: Resorts
August 18, 2011 | 4:11 p.m.

Express Lane: It's not just for groceries

Martin Kaufmann
Sedona Golf Resort
Sedona Golf Resort

If you want to play fast at courses operated by OB Sports, it helps to get in the Express Lane.

The Scottsdale, Ariz., course-management firm is expanding its pace-of-play initiatives with the gradual rollout of its Express Lane program to its 42 courses. 

The program varies slightly from course to course, but the basic concept is simple: Players who secure tee times during the first hour of business have to play in less than three hours, 45 minutes. The players are informed of that policy when they schedule tee times. The deal is sealed on the first tee, where the ...

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August 4, 2011 | 12:42 p.m.

The Greenbrier's status is on the rise

The community and the PGA Tour have embraced the 2-year-old Greenbrier Classic.
The community and the PGA Tour have embraced the 2-year-old Greenbrier Classic.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Gary Woodland is moving up in the world. Like many touring pros, the Kansan relocated to Orlando, Fla., after turning pro. He bought a condo just outside the gates of Lake Nona, sharing the same club as Graeme McDowell and Annika Sorenstam, but not the same address.

Woodland, thanks to the spoils of this season’s success, finally found his way inside the club’s gates, moving into Ben Curtis’ old digs the week before The Greenbrier Classic.

John Klemish, head of sales for the Greenbrier Sporting Club, was one of the first people whom ...

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Categories: Sean Martin, Tour Blog, Resorts
Jeff Julian, from Norwich, VT, takes a shot down the 9th fairway on the second day of the Greater Hartford Open in Cromwell, Conn., Friday, June 21, 2002. Julian had Amyotrophic Lateral Scierosis, also known as Lou Gehrigs disease.
Jeff Julian, from Norwich, VT, takes a shot down the 9th fairway on the second day of the Greater Hartford Open in Cromwell, Conn., Friday, June 21, 2002. Julian had Amyotrophic Lateral Scierosis, also known as Lou Gehrigs disease.

Branson, Mo. – The 10th annual Julian Golf Classic, a fundraiser honoring the late PGA Tour player Jeff Julian, will be held  Sept. 19 at LedgeStone Country Club.

There are five sponsorship levels, ranging from $5,000 for eight players down to $250 for cart sponsors. All proceeds go toward fighting ALS, the disease that claimed Julian’s life in 2004. The family of Julian’s widow, Kim, is from Branson.

For information, visit julianfoundation.org or call Bill Hasler at 417-335-8187.

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Scottsdale, Ariz. – OB Sports launched a free smartphone application that allows users to book tee times and learn more ...

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Categories: Travel, Resorts
June 1, 2011 | 5:34 p.m.

At Shadow Creek, seeing is believing

Jeff Babineau
No. 9 at Shadow Creek
No. 9 at Shadow Creek

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. – There’s little doubt that esteemed Shadow Creek boasts a higher class of golf clientele than most, Exhibit A being one of its visitors last week, a certain former Washington executive now residing in Crawford, Texas. The golfer held up a small white orb on the scenic first tee and playfully inquired, “Anyone playing a TaylorMade 43?”

George W. Bush, No. 43 himself and a solid player, would utilize his Vegas stage to make his first public comments regarding Osama bin Laden’s capture and execution (“a good call”). As many of life’s A-Listers do ...

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Categories: Jeff Babineau, Resorts
June 1, 2011 | 5:10 p.m.

Vegas lite

Martin Kaufmann
Wolf Creek Golf Club
Wolf Creek Golf Club

Mesquite, Nev. – Mesquite comes upon you less like an oasis in the desert, slowly forming in the distance, than a thunderclap, sudden and unexpected. 

One moment you’re busting 85 mph on Interstate 15, just past the mesa with the big “V” indicating you’ve arrived in the Virgin Valley, and a split-second later the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino pops up on the skyline by Exit 120 like a genie summoned from a bottle – so fast that a first-timer will find himself quickly pumping the brakes. By Exit 122, Mesquite is in your rear-view mirror and you’re bearing down ...

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Martin Kaufmann
No. 7 at Paramount Country Club
No. 7 at Paramount Country Club

NEW CITY, N.Y. – Dellwood Country Club has changed its name to Paramount Country Club and hired architect Jim Urbina to restore its golf course, which was designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1920.

The club originally was owned by Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount Pictures. Just as the name was changed to reflect the course’s heritage, so too does Urbina want to recapture Tillinghast’s original work.

“”When it’s done, Paramount is going to open people’s eyes,” Urbina said. “Over time, courses don’t expand. Tees, greens, bunkers, fairways – everything gets smaller. I want to bring ...

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Categories: Martin Kaufmann, Resorts
March 21, 2011 | 4:47 p.m.

Gasparilla Inn: Classic, yet modern

Martin Kaufmann
The Gasparilla Inn
The Gasparilla Inn

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. – The late William F. Buckley Jr. famously declared it his mission to “stand athwart history yelling ‘Stop!’ ” Buckley almost certainly would have loved The Gasparilla Inn & Club.

In a time of steadily eroding standards, The Gasparilla Inn represents a haven of civility – refined, but not stuffy, elegant without being ostentatious. It’s a place where men are expected to wear sportcoats to dinner, but don’t need a tee time to play golf; where guests stay in a nationally designated historic property while still enjoying the full menu of modern resort amenities; and where American royalty (the ...

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February 15, 2011 | 2:28 p.m.

Charting a new course

Martin Kaufmann
Streamsong Resort
Streamsong Resort

David Southworth has weathered three recessions running a Massachusetts-based real estate development company that bears his name, the most recent economic collapse being what he calls “by far the worst because it’s lasted so long.” Along the way, however, he has developed a credo that’s sort of his real estate equivalent of Wall Street’s “buy low, sell high” mantra.

“When people aren’t developing, you should start to develop,” Southworth said at the PGA Merchandise Show last month. “When people are, you should stop.”

So it is that this month Southworth Development will begin full construction on ...

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Martin Kaufmann
The Hamilton Grand is a 115-year-old building that looms over the 18th green of the Old Course in St. Andrews.
The Hamilton Grand is a 115-year-old building that looms over the 18th green of the Old Course in St. Andrews.

For sale: Luxury apartments in historic building overlooking the world’s most famous golf course and the North Sea. Operator of world-famous five-star resort currently is redeveloping the property. Spacious 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom floor plans, private residents’ lounge, restaurant and bar. Ownership includes membership at nearby highly ranked golf course and spa. Opening mid-2012. Prices start at $2.1 million.

Interested? Herb Kohler is betting that affluent golf fans will line up for a chance to buy an apartment in the Hamilton Grand, the 115-year-old building that looms over the 18th green of the Old Course in St. Andrews ...

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January 17, 2011 | 4:24 p.m.

Carefree hideaway

Martin Kaufmann
No. 14 at Baker's Bay
No. 14 at Baker's Bay

We’ll leave Marsh Harbor on Discovery,

And cruise around Great Guana Cay,

Cool drink and a fishing line,

Yeah, we’re living on Bahamian time.

We’re going to sail away

To Baker’s Bay.

That snappy reggae ditty, which visitors to Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club are likely to hear during the eight-mile boat ride here from Great Abaco, says it all: Before disembarking from Marsh Harbor, check all of your cares and worries on the dock.

Baker’s Bay, the newest of 14 uber-upscale golf communities operated by Discovery Land Co., rests on 585 acres lined ...

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December 6, 2010 | 5:35 p.m.

Into the mystic

Bandon Dunes
Bandon Dunes

For me, it is the quiet. So quiet, in fact, that all you can hear is the muffled roar of the waves hitting the beach or the rattling clubs of a foursome passing in the distance.

“You have a sense there is nothing else happening in the world,” said Jim Taylor, a retired Navy admiral who has played golf all over the world.

“The place is spellbinding.”

The place is Bandon Dunes, now four courses strong after the summer opening of the highly crafted Old Macdonald, a reflection of golf’s past and one of its earliest architects.

“I think ...

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