NEW COMMUNITIES Newsletter
Vol. 12, No. 569 Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Circ. 28,710
* GolfCourseHome's 2010 'Best of the Best' Rankings
* Terravita, Scottsdale, AZ, Joins GolfCourseHome
* Deals and Specials of the Week
* Special Community Events
* Best Real Estate Deals of 2010
* Florida Real Estate Deals
* Best Stay 'n Play Deals of 2010
* Recently Added to GolfCourseHome & WaterviewHome
* This Month's Spotlighted Communities
* New Communities Coming Online Soon!
* Watch for our next issue, coming Friday, December 10th!
Good Morning! Today we announce the 3rd Annual GCH 'Best of the Best' rankings, our compendium of rankings that takes into account all major media rankings of golf courses and golf communities for this year.
GolfCourseHome Editors arrive at their rankings by studying and compiling all of the year’s prominent magazine ranking and rating lists which range from Best in State to Best Residential, from Best Public to Best Private to Best Classic, from Best Modern to Top 100 and Top 50 and beyond.
Topping the GCH 'Best of the Best' compendium for the third year in a row is Reynolds Plantation, GA, which captured 17 major magazine awards--a tour de force that put the community far ahead of the field. Four of the Top 10 are new to the list while six communities are repeat winners. See the results below!
GCH Network 2010 ‘Best of the Best’ Rankings
(with prior year rank)
1. 1. Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro GA - 17 major magazine awards
2. 2. Sea Pines, Hilton Head SC - 12 awards
3. 3. Homestead Preserve, Hot Springs, VA - 9 awards
4. 4. Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin TX - 11 awards
5. 5. Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton SC - 7 awards
6. -- The Villages at Tullymore, Stanwood MI - 7 awards
7. -- Forest Dunes, Roscommon MI - 8 awards
8. 10. Kingsmill on the James, Williamsburg, VA - 5 awards
9. -- Colleton River Plantation, Bluffton SC - 4 awards
10. -- Running Y Ranch, Klamath Falls OR - 5 awards
The Next 5
11. Branson Creek, Hollister, MO - 7 awards
12. The Cliffs Communities, Travelers Rest, SC - 4 awards
13. Isleworth, Windermere FL - 3 awards
14. Desert Mountain, Scottsdale AZ - 3 awards
15. Owl’s Nest, Thornton NH - 3 awards
Communities of Distinction
> Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Ocala, FL - 3 awards
> Daniel Island, Charleston SC - 3 awards
> Bayside, Selbyville DE - 3 awards
For the complete list and awards summary, click here.
NEW TO GOLFCOURSEHOME
> Terravita, Scottsdale
Terravita, which means "land and life," is a Del Webb master-planned community consisting of 823 acres designed for a diverse population of full and part-time residents of all ages. It is a guard-gated community in which the majority of the homesites back up to the golf course or natural desert areas. Resale homes from 1,400 to over 3,700 s.f. and are priced from $275,000 to more than $700,000.
Amenities include the private, 18-hole championship golf course by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, 34,000-s.f. clubhouse, health and fitness center, swim and tennis center, plus a scenic 6-mile network of trails interconnecting the entire community. Send me more info
> Blackstone, AZ has only two remaining Cachet Homes and currently features a significant purchase incentive on them. Get new construction, a builder warranty, new bank-approved pricing, an lot in Blackstone and an immediate response on your purchase offer. Click here for more information about Blackstone!
COMMUNITY SPECIAL EVENTS
> The Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA has a series of special events this December; many of which have become family traditions. The Holiday Wreath Workshop starts off the season with an area expert offering artistic pointers. Also, youth members of the Bay Club are treated to an incredible Gingerbread House Workshop. Members also plan a trip to attend a New Bedford Symphony Orchestra performance. Click here for more information about The Bay Club!
> The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Greenville SC held its annual tree-lighting ceremony, decorating an impressive 40-foot evergreen in the Village Center. More than 100 families gathered for this annual event, which included caroling, candle lighting and a worship service in Founders Hall. John Smith, The Reserve’s 2010 Artist in Residence, chose the occasion to present a newly completed work to The Reserve’s Community Foundation board members, for inclusion in The Reserve’s permanent collection. Click here for more information about The Reserve at Lake Keowee!
> St. James Plantation, NC opened its new dog park this past week in the community’s Woodlands Park neighborhood. An official leash-cutting ceremony kicked off festivities as dog-loving residents explored the new facility. The dog park rounds out Woodlands Park’s amenity roster—an amphitheatre, lake, picnic pavilion, walking loop and comfort station. Click here for more information about St. James Plantation!
> Solivita, Poinciana FL residents were recently treated to a holiday enactment of “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” by the community’s own Theatre Group, during several dinner theater performances Nov. 13-14 at the community’s Mosaics restaurant. It marked the first time that the Solivita Theatre Group had performed in a dinner theater format, to excellent feedback that promises more such future engagments. A dozen Solivita residents participated in the production. Click here for more informatieon about Solivita!
BEST DEALS OF 2010
> Sanctuary Cove, St. Simons Island GA’s incredible day of land specials and property tours is this Saturday, Dec. 11. Buy a homesite and Sanctuary Cove will reimburse your airfare at closing. Featuring dockable waterfront, riverfront, and marshfront lots, Sanctuary Cove is home to a Fred Couples Signature Golf Course. Call 1-800-664-4178 to reserve your spot. Click here for more information about Sanctuary Cove!
> The Owners Club at Hilton Head, SC’s unlimited, cart-fee-only golf, with no restrictions for share holders on 8 championship courses at five different Hilton Head plantations: Indigo Run, Hilton Head Plantation, Palmetto Hall, Port Royal Plantation, Shipyard Plantation. Cart fee is always $30 any day of the year. Send me more info…
> Teton Springs, Victor ID’s latest alert to buyers highlights a four-bedroom, four-bath custom home that has just been approved for short sale at a price of just $585,000. With 4,000 s.f. of finished space, this is one of the best per-SF deals you’ll see, especially against the backdrop of 780-acre Teton Springs. Send me more info…
> Hampton Lake, Bluffton SC’s new product line, The Signature Series, starts in the low $400,000s for homes on wooded homesites, and the low $500,000s for lakefront homes. Four builders are available to work with. Send me more info...
> The Communities at Branson Creek, Hollister MO’s has standout values on 4 remaining homes in Fieldstone Bluffs section, listed from the low $200,000s. Also, a half-acre “hot lot,” at $34,500, whose buyer would get Murder Rock G.C.membership and Branson Creek course discounts. Send me more info…
> Savannah Lakes Village, McCormick SC’s reduction on a prestigious golf home is cut by $60,000 to $429,000. Home, which enjoys views of entire first hole, has 4BR, 3 baths in 2,800 SF. Bonus area upstairs has LR, BR and a full bath. Send me more info…
> Hills Quarter, Irvington, VA's featured homesite in the St John’s neighborhood is Lot 21, priced at just $80,000 with a premium golf course view and proximity to all community and area amenities. Send me more info...
> Achasta, Dahlonega, GA’s Deal of the Decade pricing special means homesites can be purchased at prices nearly 35 percent less than previously quoted. A nearly three-quarter acre homesite with expansive views of the North Georgia mountains, that closes before Dec. 31 can be purchased for $145,600. Send me more info…
> Solivita, Poinciana FL’s year-end Inventory Blowout Sale gives property buyers an average of $55,000 in savings per model--plus all closing costs are waived for the buyer. Some 30 new homes must be sold and delivered by Dec. 30, when sale ends. Send me more info…
> GlenLakes Golf & Country Club, Weeki Wachee, FL's “Steal of a Deal” featuring home price reductions below builder cost. Savings of up to 40% on brand new builder inventory homes with many luxury features. Homes are located throughout our GlenLakes' landscaped neighborhoods and are available for immediate occupancy. Send me more info....
> SummerGlen, Ocala, FL's $5,000 in free options and up to one year to start construction on your new home for any new homes sold in October, 2010. Free option and upgrade choices would include granite countertops, upgraded kitchen cabinetry, garage extension, hardwood flooring and a golf cart garage. Send me more info...
> PGA Village Verano, Port St. Lucie, FL’s move-in-ready villa for $149,990. Featuring 2 BR/2 BAs and a 2-car garage in a single-story layout, this Amelia design villa has 10-foot ceilings, walk-in closets and gourmet kitchen. Send me more info.....
> Oyster Bay Harbour, Fernandina Beach, FL's attractive Lot & Boat Slip Special, priced at $199,000. The price includes a beautiful Live Oak wooded lot and a 40-foot boat slip in the marina, plus free membership to the Oyster Bay Yacht Club, a $3,500 value. Favorable financing terms are an added incentive—put 25% down and pay only 3% interest for 3 years... Send me more info...
> Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, Stuart, FL's waiver from paying dues for 12 months--an $8,800 value--for the first 10 purchasers of property at the community after Oct. 1. A new purchaser will also have the option of paying the membership equity fee over time with no interest. Send me more info.....
> Willoughby Golf Club, Stuart, FL’s price reduction to $345,000 from $399,000 on a 3BR/3-BA home that features a spacious living room which opens onto a large covered lanai. Also included is a built-in entertainment center and swimming pool. Send me more info….
> The Communities at Branson Creek, Hollister MO’s Annual Pass at the award-winning Murder Rock Golf & Country Club course is now $500 and entitles you to play Murder Rock during the 2011 season (12 months) for only $25 a round. Purchase before Dec. 17 and get a $50 Murder Rock gift card. Click here for more information about Branson Creek!
> Forest Dunes, Roscommon, MI’s Couples Package comes wrapped up with champagne, candles and chocolates. Stay one or two nights in a well-appointed luxury home complete with concierge service. Enjoy unlimited access to cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Rates, per couple, range from $149 to $169 for one night and from $199 to $219 for two nights. Send me more info....
> Sailfish Point, Stuart, FL's 3-day/2-night Yacht & Play puts your yacht in the community marina and you on the community's Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Acquaint yourself with this amenity rich, island community and enjoy lunches, dinners, use of amenities, real estate tour and more. $699/couple plus tax. Send me more info....
> Indian River Colony Club, Melbourne FL’s limited-time Golf Getaway Package includes 2 nights in a nearby hotel, community tour, a round of golf on Indian River’s championship course and dinner at private At Ease Club. Price for 3 days/2 nights only $99. Send me more info…
> Casa Del Lago, Dominican Republic's Christmas Stay' n Play includes 2 nights lodging at Casa Del Lago, 2 rounds of golf, plus a Day Pass at the Costa Caribe beach hotel and casino. Send me more info...
> Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, FL’s special pricing on its Stay & Play visitation-vacations in the warm Florida air means luxurious accommodations in three-bedroom, two- bath club villas, which overlook the 18th green of the golf course and the spectacular 32,000-square-foot clubhouse. Send me more info…
> Savannah Quarters, Savannah GA’s Visitation Package is available exclusively for subscribers to the GolfCourseHome newsletter, for just $99, discounted from the original rate of $199. Take advantage of this 3-day/2-night Discovery Getaway, which includes a community tour and lodging in Historic Savannah. Send me more info...
> The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Greenville SC’s Discover Real Estate guest packages start at $145, including up to $200 in club credits. Stay in Village Guest House and get two rounds of golf, half-day boat rental, lunch at The Market, dinner at the Orchard House and golf pro shop merchandise. Send me more info...
> Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA’s Ultimate Golf vacation features accommodations in your choice of luxury cottages or condos. Comes with breakfast buffet daily, one round of golf per night access to practice areas and a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. Cost per person is $249. Send me more info…
> Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA’s Cottage Getaway, valid thru Dec. 31, starts at $330 per night. Stay in a cottage on Lake Oconee or other luxury lodgings. Enjoy daily breakfast at the Plantation Grille, and dining in several different venues. Daily housekeeping included. Send me more info …
> Ballyhack Golf Club, Roanoke, VA's Stay & Play at Ballyhack special. Package includes an overnight stay in one of the club’s well-appointed golf course cottages, with two days of unlimited golf, dinner and a membership information package. Up to 4 people in a group permitted. Package price: $399/pp. Send me more info....
> Anderson Creek Club, Spring Lake, NC’s Vacation Inspection Program lets visitors tour the community and play its Davis Love III-designed golf course. Priced from just $94 per night, package includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast, property tour and golf for two. Send me more info...
> Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club, Hendersonville, NC’s Autumn Golf Special in time for prime foliage viewing. Four can play for the price of three and enjoy 50-mile Blue Ridge Mountain views with fall colors in the higher elevations. Send me more info…
> Brunswick Forest, Leland, NC’s 3-day/2-night $179 Getaway Packages include luxury accommodations for two, golf at Cape Fear National, privileges at the community’s 18,000-sf Fitness and Wellness Center and FallFest food and fun events. Tour the community to see limited-time incentives for homesites beginning at $75,000. Send me more info…
> Indian River Colony Club, Viera, FL's Getaway Package for 3 days/2 nights, just $99, includes a round of golf for two and dinner at the community’s private At Ease Club. Tour will be hosted by an Indian River Colony Club resident. Send me more info....
> The Links at Gettysburg, Mt. Joy Township, PA’s reduced green fees to its winter rate early. Monday through Thursday rate is $40, or play on weekends until noon for $47 and after 12 p.m. for $40. The popular 4-for-the-price-of- 3 coupon remains available. Send me more info...
=> Savannah Quarters, Savannah
Golf by Greg Norman, minutes from Savannah, swim and fitness center, home from the $140,000s
=> Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover
36 holes of golf, spa, fitness center, aquatics, equestrian center, homes from $399,000
=> Willowbend Country Club, Mashpee
27-hole golf course, world-class tennis, pool, fitness, spa, gourmet dining, villa condos from $275,000
=> The Villages at Brookside, Bourne
Championship golf, clubhouse and grille, Cape beaches, “green” construction homes from $345,000
=> The Residences at Black Rock, Hingham
Master-planned community with private golf, grand clubhouse, homes from $950,000
=> Forest Dunes Country Club, Roscommon
Lodge-style clubhouse, Tom Weiskopf Signature golf course, fishing, homes from $259,000
=> Solivita. Poinciana
55+ community, 36 holes, two clubhouses, fitness, aquatics, homes from the mid-$100,000s
RECENTLY ADDED TO WATERVIEWHOME.NET
=> River Dunes, Oriental
State-of-the-art marina complex, guest cottages, Harbor Club, trails, walking/jogging paths, homes from the $600,000s
=> Bellalago, Kissimmee
Atlantic access through 22,700-acre Lake Toho, two vast clubhouses, homes from the $100,000s
=> Indian River Colony Club, Viera
Championship golf, 55-plus, security, lakeside and fairway homes from the low-$100,000s
Branson Creek, Hollister, Missouri
Isleworth, Windermere, Florida
Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Georgia
Horn Rapids, Richland, Washington
* Moss Creek, SC
* Watersong, FL
* Tesoro, FL
* River Landing, NC
* Farm Neck Golf Club, MA