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.

Tralies to receive award from PGA of America

Longtime golf industry executive Phil Tralies has been named recipient of the PGA of America's Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.

The 62-year-old Trailies currently is chairman of Club Car Inc., one of the world's largest golf car manufacturers. He joined the company in May 2001 as president and CEO and was named to his current post in January.

36-hole Craft Farms added to Honours Golf portfolio

Honours Golf Co. beefed upits southern Alabama cluster of courses this month with the purchase of the 36-hole Craft Farms Golf Resort in Gulf Shores.

Craft Farms' two courses -- Cotton Creek Golf Club and Cypress Bend Golf Course -- both are Arnold Palmer Signature designs that opened in 1987.

Honours Golf currently owns and manages two other golf courses in the area: Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores and Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope.

Craft Farms will be the thirteenth golf facility owned or managed by Honours Golf.

Hungary: €500 million recreation complex to include golf

Israeli property developer Polar International has unveiled plans to develop a new €500 million recreation complex in the western Hungarian city of Sopron, near the country's border with Austria.

Named Sopron Golden Lake, the project would involve 250,000 square meters of total built-up space on a 90-hectare plot surrounding an artificial lake.

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