Indonesia: $300 billion development launched

AKR Land Development has begun construction on Grand Kawanua, a multi-billion dollar development project in the city of Manado in North Sulawesi.

The 180-hectare project, which could take an estimated eight years and $1 trillion dollars to complete, will feature an 18-hole golf course, 200 hotel rooms and 1,500 luxury homes to go along with a variety of shopping centers, office compounds and a convention center.

Construction kicked off in May of 2008 after the developers secured an initial investment of $300 billion.

Scotland: Guardian House advances golf community plans

Cheshire-based developer Guardian House Ltd. is moving forward with plans for a golf course and luxury housing community in Connel. Named Saulmore Farm, the development will feature an 18-hole golf course with a full clubhouse including a restaurant and bar.

The first phase of construction, expected to cost as much as £16 million, got underway late in 2008. It will encompass construction of the golf course as well as the community’s first six houses. The four-bedroom houses are currently priced from €£600,000 to £€700,000.

Troon signs on to run 27-hole facility in Spain

Troon Golf has added a 27-hole course in Spain to its world’s-largest portfolio of more than 200 properties.

La Quinta Golf & Country Club in Marbella, located in Costa del Sol’s popular golf valley, includes three nine-hole layouts designed by Spanish architect Manolo Pinero.

Troon will oversee a major renovation at the 20-year-old property that will begin this year, according to owner Borja Pascual. The changes are designed to allow La Quinta to compete with a number of new courses that have opened in the area.

Harbin to direct Golf 20/20 operations

Longtime grow-the-game advocate Cathy Harbin will take over later this month as director of Golf 20/20, the World Golf Foundation-backed initiative aimed at increasing golf participation.

Harbin currently serves as general manager and director of leadership development and training at Honours Golf’s two World Golf Village courses in St. Augustine, Fla. She has been at the World Golf Village since the courses opened in 1997.

Maryland county pays $3.6 million for struggling course

The struggling Chesapeake Hills Golf Club in Lusby, Md. recently was purchased by Calvert County from the Maryland Economic Development Corp. for $3.6 million.

County officials said they planned to invest an additional $650,000 in the property to fund repairs and kick-start operations at the course.

The course measures 6,545 yards, with greens fees ranging from $25 to $50.

Originally designed by Jim Thompson and opened in 1968, the course received $1.5 million in improvements as recently as 2005.  

South Korea: Nicklaus course part of Gale development

An 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus golf course will be constructed as part of a major development project in South Korea by New York-based developer Gale International.

Located in the Sondgo International Business District (IBD), this 607-hectare, $35 billion development southwest of Seoul will feature 50 million square feet of office space, 30 million square feet of residential space, 10 million square feet of retail space, 10 million square feet of greenspace and 5 million square feet of hotel space.

Australia: Construction to begin on Scott design in April

Construction on a new, 18-hole, championship golf course designed by Phil Scott, father of Australian golf star Adam Scott, is set to get underway in April as part of a multi-million dollar environmental restoration project at Whitsunday Shores Estates in the town of Bowen in Queensland.

The 85-hectare course will be built in nine-hole phases, with completion of the first phase anticipated by the end of 2009. The course will be the centerpiece of a community country club that will also feature a licensed clubhouse.

Brazil: $120 million resort planned near park

Developer Grupo Santa Paula (GSP) recently unveiled plans for a $120 million golf resort that will be constructed on a 327-hectare site in Sao Paulo near Chapada dos Guimaraes national park.

The development, which will feature a variety of amenities to complement a golf course and 400 luxury residences, is still awaiting environmental approval.  No construction timetable has been set to date.

GSP president Reinaldo Galves Leal has said he intends for the new golf course to serve as host to various levels of international competition. 

Golf industry still growing in North Africa

While the vast majority of the African continent -- with the exception of South Africa -- has never embraced golf, there are signs that things are changing.

A new report studying the business of golf in North Africa finds that while there still are a relatively small number of courses operating in the region -- just 43 --  nearly double that amount are in various stages of planning and construction.

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