October Golf-Developer's Summary - Asia/Australia

Bon Golf tabbed to run Musselroe Bay
Spencer Morgan Group has selected Melbourne-based operator Bon Golf to manage the planned golf course at its Musselroe Bay Resort development in the northeast region of Tasmania.

Construction on the 18-hole, championship course by Michael Clayton Golf Design is expected to begin in late 2008.

Sydney-based Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects has been appointed to serve as the overall project architect.

Uruguay: $100 million development to begin in March

Brazilian holding company JHSF will begin construction in March on a $100-million hotel complex in the Cerro Eguzquiza region of the department of Maldonao.

Named La Cumbre, Villas & Hotel Fasano, the project will feature 20 bungalows and 205 villas in addition to a golf course, spa and other sporting facilities.

JHSF is developing the complex on approximately 1,200 acres of land that it purchased one year ago for $12.5 million.

Bermuda: Spring opening slated for Tucker’s Point project

Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa, an 88-bedroom resort featuring two freshwater swimming pools and a private beach is scheduled to open next spring.

The new hotel and spa will serve as the centerpiece of Tucker's Point Club, a 200-acre resort community that is also home to an 18-hole Roger Rulewich-redesigned championship golf course as well as a four-court tennis club.  

In addition to guest rooms ranging from 520 to 630 square feet, Tucker's Point will offer 19 luxury suites averaging 1,200 square feet and a 1,650-square-foot governor's suite.

Canada: Developer unveils plans for $1.5 billion resort

Calgary-based developer Stone Creek Properties Inc. unveiled plans for the Village at Silvertip, a new $1.5 billion destination resort community in Canmore, Alberta.

The development, which Stone Creek Properties estimates will draw 200,000 visitors annually upon completion, is expected to include a luxury hotel, spa, wellness center, conference center, and a variety of restaurants and lodges. Construction will either begin late in 2008 or early in 2009, with completion of the project's first phase anticipated for 2012.

United States: Sweetwater Golf Course opens in Michigan

Sweetwater Golf Course, an 18-hole, championship course in Harris, Mich., opened for play in July.

Designed by Paul Albanese of Albanese & Lutzke and set on 150 acres, the 7,300-yard course was part of a $43 million expansion of the nearby Island Resort & Casino. Both the hotel and casino were upgraded and expanded in April of 2007.

The course, which also features a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, was developed by Three Fire Society, a joint venture of the Ojibway, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes.

Costa Rica: Greg Norman course part of $300 million development

Azulera Resort Village, a new $300 million residential resort in northwest Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province, will feature an 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed golf course as part of its initial phase of development.  

Troon Golf has been hired to manage the yet-to-be-named course, which will be spread across more than 500 acres of land and is expected to open for play in 2009.

New Jersey-based developer Global Financial Group broke ground on the 557-acre project overlooking Brasilito Bay in June of this year.

October Developer's Summary - Americas

Construction launched on Gary Player design

Construction is underway on a new Gary Player-designed golf course as part of phase two of development at the CostaBaja Resort & Marina in Baja California Sur.

The course is the globe-trotting architect's first project in Mexico and is expected to open some time in 2009. The 18-hole design will feature panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez.

July rounds totals slightly higher in U.S.

Big gains in play in Texas helped push the July rounds total into positive territory, according to the monthly U.S. National Golf Rounds Played Report.

Houston (39.3 percent), San Antonio (37.1 percent) and Dallas-Ft. Worth (21.2 percent) all enjoyed huge increases in play compared to July 2007 totals. Nationally, rounds for the month rose 0.5 percent.

Two California markets – San Diego (12.3 percent) and Palm Springs (11.0 percent) also had significant increases in the number of rounds played.


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