Opening in sight for Langer-designed project

Construction is nearly complete on the Navarino Dunes major new resort development in Messinia, located on the southwest coast Greece. The course has been designed by Bernhard Langer in conjunction with European Golf Design, the joint venture company of the European Tour and IMG. It is scheduled to open in 2009. The facility will include the 18-hole, 6155-meter, par-72 championship course, a driving range and short game area.

Vasatorp Golfklubb opens new tournament course

Vasatorp Golfklubb in Helsingborg, Sweden, recently opened an 18- hole new tournament course, boosting the facility to 54 holes. One of the country's most respected golf clubs (its original course, opened in 1974, helped launch the nation's successful junior development program), Vasatorp officials hope to use the new layout to attract European PGA Tour events and possibly even a Ryder Cup. Hills/Forrest & Associates was architect for the project, which involved redesign of nine existing holes and the addition of nine new ones.

2010 opening planned for Ury Estate project

A new golf resort at Ury Estate, near Stonehaven, will be a part of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Clubs network of courses available for Nicklaus Clubs members to play throughout the world. Plans have been approved by local councilors for the restoration of the Ury House and construction of the golf course, with approvals pending for approximately 230 homes on and around the 1,500-acre estate. The Nicklaus Signature course will be only the second Nicklaus-designed course in Scotland.

Royal Fern project near final approval

Approximately 20 years after it was first proposed and after three years of legal negotiations, it appears that a major golf development in northern Swansea may be on the verge of getting a green light.

The development is to include the Royal Fern Golf Course, with 18 holes, a par-3 course and a golf academy, as well as 80 golf lodges and approximately 135 other residential properties.

Plans for the project, which is headed by developer Dillwyn Productions, have been tentatively approved by the Swansea Council, apparently pending final OK by the Welsh Assembly.

Washington State University gets new course

A new 18-hole golf course that will serve as the home of the Washington State University golf teams recently opened in Pullman, Wash. Palouse Ridge Golf Club at Washington State University is expected to serve as the centerpiece for an overall development that will include a hotel-conference center, research facilities and other local and regional economic development efforts. The course, designed by architect John Harbottle was built by Oliphant Construction and is run by CourseCo.

Sea of Cortez resort to include Dye course

Construction began early this summer on the Cabo Riviera marina and golf course residential and resort hotel development at La Ribera on the East Cape of the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. The development, which will include 400 waterfront home sites and a Pete Dye-designed 18-hole golf course, is also scheduled to include at least two low density resort hotels, one of which will be developed by Mandarin Hotels.

Resort project includes Nicklaus Signature course

Canadian developer Kevin Fleming and his Nicaragua Developments S.A. company have taken the first step in Fleming's long-range plan to make Nicaragua a major tourism and resort destination.

The Seaside Mariana Spa & Golf Resort in the town of San Rafael del Sur on Nicaragua's central Pacific coast will feature a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, two luxury condominium high rises, 16 individual golf course villas and 305 additional individual golf course, ocean view, riverside and equestrian lots as part of the 923-acre private community.

Solutions to critical issues a key focus of Golf Inc. event

Two Critical Issues Forums in which speakers will offer solutions to the most significant challenges facing golf operators today will be among the key events at the Fall Golf Inc. Conference held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Camelback Inn & Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The first Critical Issues Forum, on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 4:15 p.m., will tackle the subject of rising costs. Panel members will include Jeff Silverstein, president of I.R.I. Golf Group, John Crowder, director of business development for ValleyCrest Golf Course Maintenance, and Don Rea, president of Your Source Golf.

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