Philippines: Eton City development to include golf community

Eton City, a 1,000-hectare community under construction in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, will feature a championship golf course that will be surrounded by a residential village featuring single-family homes, residential condominiums and a resort-hotel.

At build-out, Eton City will also feature a world-class business district and a broad range of commercial and resort-style recreation facilities as well as a variety of residential components.

Iraq: Golf course included in €2.5 billion project

In what is reported to be the largest development contract in Iraq since the start of the Iraq War, Dubai-based developer Damac Properties has signed a €2.5 billion deal to build a new resort community.

Tarin Hills will sit on a 170 million-square-meter plot of land just 13 miles from Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.

India: Residential development to include 18-hole course

An 18-hole golf course will be constructed as part of the new Kovai Hills residential community in Coimbatore.

Designed by David Hemstock, the 215-acre course will include a 9-hole executive course, the longest driving range in south India, a golf academy and a new clubhouse.

A joint development between Rakindo Developers Ltd. and Tulip Buildinfra Ltd., Kovia Hills is a 1,000-acre community that will also include schools, a hospital, a hotel and a wellness center. Developers expect the community to be completed by the end of 2008.

Vietnam: Government suspends new golf development

In an effort to maintain enough of the nation’s soil for rice cultivation, the Vietnamese government has temporarily suspended the approval of any licenses for new golf course developments.

Vietnam has been faced with rising food costs and steady inflation in recent months and is seeking to protect its farmland by putting a halt to new golf course development.

Additionally, the government has asked local authorities to review all existing course developments and freeze those that do not meet certain land-use and environmental protection requirements.

Dubai: Tiger Woods Dubai first phase on track

The initial phase of The Tiger Woods Dubai, the golfing icon’s first privately designed course, is on track to be completed in early 2009. The phase consists of the Al Ruwaya, an 18-hole, par-72 golf course, as well as a Tiger Woods golf academy.

The total $1.1 billion project in Dubailand by developer Tatweer in conjunction with Woods will also include a luxury boutique hotel, a restaurant run by top French chef Guy Savoy and a vast residential component. Developers expect the project to be completed at some point in 2009.  

Australia: $71 million project involves club relocation

A joint venture between Horton Park Golf Club and investment bank Babcock & Brown proposes to relocate the golf club from its current location in Maroochydore to a new 185-hectare site in Forest Glen.

The proposed redevelopment would cost $71 million but is projected to yield up to $271 million in profits.

Redevelopment of Horton Park Golf Club in the new location would include two championship golf courses, a new clubhouse and new practice facilities.

Nicaragua: New resort to include Nicklaus Signature design

Nicaragua’s latest resort development, the Seaside Marina Spa & Golf Resort, will include the country’s only 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

The Nicklaus facility will join a host of amenities at the resort including a wellness spa,  private beach club, five-star boutique hotel and a lifestyle plaza featuring various shops, restaurants and cafés as well as a casino, nightclub and performing arts venue.

Canada: Twin Lakes scheduled for $3 million upgrade

A $3 million dollar golf course upgrade is planned at the Twin Lakes Golf & RV Resort. Located just 15 minutes south of Penticton, British Columbia, the club is home to an 18-hole, 6,867-yard championship golf course.

Plans call for upgrades to the irrigation system and clubhouse as well as various improvements to the golf course itself.

Bahamas: Norman course to reopen as part of $1 billion project

The recently redesigned Blue Shark Golf Club, Greg Norman’s championship golf course located on New Providence Island in Nassau, is expected to reopen in late 2008 or early 2009 as part of a planned $1 billion, mixed-used resort development that will redefine the region.

Plans are also underway for construction of a world-class clubhouse facility to complement the 7,200-yard, 18-hole layout.

Mexico: Hills/Forrest design to open at Paraiso del Mar

Mexico’s first Arthur Hills-designed golf course will open for play this December as the centerpiece of Paraiso del Mar, a new 1,700-acre residential and resort community surrounded by the Sea of Cortez in the town of La Paz, Baja California Sur.

Design of the 7,100-yard, par-72 course was directed and overseen by Brian Yoder, principal in the renowned golf course architecture firm Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates. Memberships will be sold to Paraiso del Mar homeowners.

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