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.

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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