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Playing Golf in Friendly Confines

New trend in golf course design appealing to mother nature

When you think of golf courses, what first comes to mind?

The grass? The golf carts? The numbers?

What about the birds? Do you think about how many kinds of flowers line the 18th hole? Do you notice the wildlife that quietly nibbles the rough?

Probably not. But a new trend in golf course design is starting to change peoples’ minds when they are looking for a golf club to call their own.

I’m talking about an environmentally friendly golf course. Sound far-fetched? You’d be surprised at how many courses are currently involved with creating a green community. According to the Audubon International, there are 27 countries, including the United States, that are protecting and improving their courses. That’s more than 2,110 golf courses.

It’s more than a fad. It’s becoming a standard practice and statistics have shown that today’s consumer is looking for an environmentally friendly golf community to build their dream home.

What is Audubon Certification?

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides guidelines that help courses work to protect precious natural resources, habitats and the game of golf. Achieving and maintaining certification demonstrates a deep commitment to environmental management and protection. A course can achieve certification by implementing environmental practices and documenting the results. This demonstrates leadership as a steward of the environment and publicly recognizes and rewards environmental achievements.

Let’s take a look at two golf communities that are Audubon Certified.

The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek

South Carolina Real Estate is Known for its MarshesThe Lowcountry of South Carolina is known for its pristine wetlands, beautiful trees and abundance of wildlife. When the developers of Briar’s Creek were in the beginning stages of designing the award-winning golf course, they knew that they had something special and felt a need to protect the area around the proposed golf course community.

“Briar’s Creek has a coveted number of large oaks; some are spectacular specimens,” said Steve Koenig, founder and developer of the South Carolina golf community. “So we didn’t want to disturb our canopy of trees.”

They contacted the Audubon International and entered the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP). By working closely with the group, Briar’s Creek became South Carolina’s first Certified Silver Audubon Signature Sanctuary and continues to this day to make sure that they meet the principles put in place by the society.

In Kiawah Island, real estate is in high demand and because of the high standards placed on the luxury homes in the area, buyers have become very discriminating in where they live. Creating an environmentally friendly golf community was a good way to give these buyers a reason to want to build at Briar’s Creek. Not only are the homes extraordinary, but they are surrounded by carefully protected South Carolina foliage and wildlife.

“We have an opportunity here at Briar’s Creek to kind of set a standard for development in the entire region,” Koenig said.

Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort

Cranes are a common site at Gull Lake ViewAnother golf course that became a Certified Silver Audubon Signature Sanctuary is Gull Lake View in Augusta, Michigan. When Darl Scott purchased 120 acres in the late 1950s, little did he know what his impact would be on Southwest Michigan real estate. In 1995, all five golf courses gained Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status and they couldn’t be happier. The Scott Family views their courses not only as wonderful places for people to enjoy the game of golf, but also as great habitats for all types of wildlife.

And a happy golf course means happy Michigan real estate. Cranes Pond, a neighborhood next to Gull Lake View, adopted the natural outlook and stresses the importance of protecting the environment. There is a great deal of attention being placed on preserving natural resources and the habitat on the encompassing land. Considerable care and planning was done prior to design in order to assure that the very qualities that make Crane’s such a magnificent place to live, were not destroyed by the construction of roads and houses. A habitat and biological survey of the entire property was done for an entire year as part of the overall design process.

If more communities in the area take the torch and improve their neighborhoods to meet the Audubon standards, then Southwest Michigan will become one of the most stunning areas in the country and highly-sought after real estate.

What Can You Do?

If you are a member of a golf course and this program interests you, talk to your general manager, ask if they are Audubon Certified and, if not, when or if they are looking into becoming certified. Talk to your fellow club members and see if they are aware of the benefits of this certification. Urge them to talk to the general manager. Odds are that your golf club is aware of the program, but it is possible that they have never heard of it and might be very interested in becoming certified.

Imagine being able to raise your children in a place where they can learn to not only appreciate nature, but also to understand how the eco-system works as a whole and to better appreciate the game of golf.

You win and mother nature wins.

About the Author

This article was written by Kimberly Carrillo, who works with The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek and Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort.

If you are interested in finding out more about South Carolina golf, consider contacting the good folks at Briar’s Creek. They are an exclusive, private golf club located in Charleston, SC with a limit of 300 members.

If you like Illinois golf or are looking for a Michigan golf course, contact Gull Lake View, an established, Michigan golf course. Gull lake View has five golf courses and a resort that make a great vacation destination and also a wonderful place to live.

Be sure to also check out the information about the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

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2007 Park City Real Estate Transactions Reach Nearly $2 Billion

Home Prices Show Double-Digit Appreciation

30 January 2008 (Park City) – Big homes, big condos and big transactions led to a big year in 2007 for Utah’s premier destination ski area.

Find out about luxury Park City real estateIn the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2007, Park City real estate transactions reached $1.98 billion, an increase of 3 percent compared to $1.92 billion in volume a year earlier, according to a report released today by the Park City Board of Realtors.

“Our total volume in 2007 was the second best-ever year in real estate in Park City,” said Tyler Richardson, president of the Park City Board of Realtors. “I don’t think Park City real estate prices have peaked if we look at what has gone on in other resort destinations in the Rocky Mountains.”

The median price of single-family homes sold in Park City during 2007 climbed to $680,000, an 11 percent increase compared to $615,000 in 2006. Condominium sales in 2007 reported a median sales price of $559,750, a whopping 31 percent rise compared to $427,000 a year earlier. The median sales price of vacant land also climbed in 2007 to $549,000, up 17 percent compared to $470,000 in 2006.

While sales prices continued to rise, the number of single-family homes sold in 2007 fell to 828 units, a 13 percent decline compared to 957 homes sold in 2006, the report noted. The number of condominium sales showed a 3 percent drop to 778 units, down from 799 units a year ago. Land purchases dropped to 514 transactions, down 40 percent from 859 land sales in 2006. The average days on market for all types of listed properties increased in 2007 to 210 days, up 42 percent compared to 148 days the previous year.

The 2007 report included sales statistics of Summit and Wasatch counties and tracked sales volume, average sales prices and median sales prices. Sales figures varied widely among market segments and neighborhoods. Board President Richardson encouraged the public to talk to a local REALTORĀ® for a more complete analysis of the sales trends.

“The fundamentals for the Park City market are very good,” said Lincoln Calder, president elect of the Park City Board of Realtors. “The Park City real estate market has never been focused primarily on investment speculation.

People buy in Park City because it is a place they want to be and a place they want to bring their family and friends.”

Richardson indicated that the Park City area was less prone to the wild investment speculation that gripped many regions of the country, artificially driving up demand and prices. “People buy homes in Park City because they’ve got the income and they’ve got the ability to do it and Park City is the place that they want to be,” Richardson said. “They are making a lifestyle purchase, a family legacy purchase.”

Within Park City proper, the median sales price of single-family homes sold in Old Town climbed to $1.3 million, up 28 percent compared to $987,000 in 2006. The Prospector area witnessed a 28 percent increase in its median sales price – from $622,250 to $797,000. In Park Meadows, the median sales price rose to $1.6 million, a 14 percent increase compared to $1.4 million a year earlier. At Jeremy Ranch, the median sales price increased to $873,500, up 17 percent compared to $745,000. In Pinebrook, median prices fell to $748,000, down 2 percent compared to $764,950 in 2006.

The median single-family sales price in Kamas and Marion increased to $329,450, a 20 percent jump compared to $275,000 in 2006. In Heber City and Daniel (Wasatch County), median sales prices also climbed 20 percent, from $264,500 to $318,000. In Midway and Charleston (Wasatch County), the median sales price inched up 4 percent to $528,000 from $507,500 a year ago.

“Research tells us that the demographic trends look very positive for resort areas like Park City. Baby Boomers are now hitting their peak earning years and one of the main areas they are investing that income are second homes to enjoy with their family,” Calder said. “As more and more Baby Boomers invest in second homes, Park City real estate sales are likely to benefit.” In fact, according to the most recent data of the National Association of Realtors, vacation-home sales rose 4.7 percent to a record 1.07 million units in 2006 from 1.02 million units in 2005, while investment-home sales fell sharply, down 28.9 percent to 1.65 million in 2006 from a record 2.32 million in 2005.

“The demographics point to an increase in second-home ownership,” Calder said. “Park City has a lot of great things going for it. It is very easy to get to and from anywhere in the country. Delta Air Lines is adding an international flight from Salt Lake City to Paris this year. In addition to Park City’s world class resort facilities and year-round recreation opportunities, our community offers a wide range of cultural events including the Sundance Film Festival, Kimball Arts Festival, Park City Jazz Festival, the summer concert series and Eccles Center events just to name a few. There are a lot of great reasons why Park City is such a great place to be.”

If you would like to learn more about a private golf community being built in Heber City, Utah, contact the good folks at Red Ledges. This community is right next to Park City and Deer Valley real estate and has access to some great skiing, equestrian center, spa, adventure cabin, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, an on-site Jim McLean golf school and a Cliff Drysdale tennis academy.