England: Elvaston Castle renovation to yield 27-hole golf course

Work is scheduled to begin next summer on a €35 million renovation of the historic Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire into a resort hotel.

The renovation will include development of a new 27-hole golf course on approximately 120 acres of adjoining land, according to plans announced by Highgate Sanctuary, the project's developer.

Highgate officials will submit an official application to the South Derbyshire District Council this fall, and both the hotel and golf course are expected to open some time in 2011.

England: Luddington looks to develop in Hertfordshire

Luddington Investments, a London-based golf course owner and operator, is moving forward with plans to convert a partially constructed golf course covering 160 acres in Hertfordshire into the Centurion Club, a high-end, 18-hole, par-72 course measuring 6,805 yards in length.

The company will seek to raise €1.95 million in investment capital required to purchase the existing golf course and surrounding land. Interested investors are being asked for a minimum €40,000 commitment.   

South Africa : Construction set to begin on Lee Westwood design

Construction is expected to get under way early next year on an 18-hole Lee Westwood Signature golf course as development of the vast St. Michaels International Leisure Estate in Dullstroom continues.

A private clubhouse will be built alongside the course.

Spanning 800 hectares in the Mpumalanga Highlands, St. Michaels will include 650 contemporary homes designed by architect Laurence Brown to showcase Scottish country architectural style.

Morocco: Vast resort development to include new golf course

Plans to develop a nearly 1,000-acre lakefront site near the city of Ouarzazate will include construction of a new golf course surrounded by residential villas.

Situated near Lake Mansour Eddahbi, the development, called Ouarzazate Lake City, will also feature a hotel-casino, non-gaming hotels, shops, entertainment and various residential elements.

The project's Morocco-based developer, Palmeraie, has hired CB Richard Ellis' Las Vegas-based Global Gaming Group to help find a casino operator.


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