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.

Canada: $300 million Lake Erie resort development proposed

Canadian developers are awaiting approval on a proposed $300 million resort development on Pelee Island in the heart of Lake Erie.

The 1,300-acre, eco-tourism project would include two 18-hole golf courses surrounded by 3,000 residential units and a 600-slip marina.

Developers Pelee Development Interests and Pelee Marine & Land Company plan to carry construction out over a 20-year period. A conference center and village shops would be featured in later phases.

Cuba: British businessmen to build hotel, course

The Cuban government has granted British restaurateurs Ranald and Andrew MacDonald permission to develop a new golf course and resort hotel to go along with 850 beachfront apartments at the popular resort town of Varadero.

Apartment prices will range from $133,000 for a two-bedroom flat to $800,000 for a penthouse suite, with each buyer receiving a 75-year lease.

Construction is expected to get underway in January with the first move-ins anticipated by early 2011.

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October - People on the Move

Long time golf administrator in Europe and the Middle East Nick Tarratt has been named to head the new European Tour International Office in Dubai.

Mike Kelly, long-time executive with Meadowbrook Golf, is the new executive director of golf operations for PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

Tony Wilkinson was named the new general manager of MacGregor Golf Europe.

Kathee Dishner, former vice president of operations for Signet Golf Associates, is the new club manager at Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C.

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