Golf Real Estate OnLine News
For Immediate Release
April 2009
In this issue
-- Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine Names Reynolds Plantation 10th Among America's Top 25 Golf Communities Of 2009
-- Home Improvement Projects More Important Than Ever
-- Home of the Month
-- April PGA Tour Events
-- Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
-- The Golf Real Estate OnLine Library

Welcome to the April 2009 edition of Golf Real Estate OnLine News.

The information contained within Golf Real Estate OnLine News is designed to provide helpful information about Golf Real Estate, up-dates on our Communities of Distinction and new features on the Golf Real Estate OnLine site.

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Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine Names Reynolds Plantation 10th Among America's Top 25 Golf Communities Of 2009
Reynolds Plantation has been named 10th among America's Top 25 U.S. Golf Communities in 2009 by TRAVEL + LEISURE GOLF Magazine. This is the third consecutive year Reynolds Plantation has ranked in the top-25.

The list is compiled by TRAVEL + LEISURE GOLF editors and each property is reviewed in the following six categories, in order of importance: golf amenity; residential architecture and style; location, including natural setting and proximity to cultural activities; management, service and programming options; non-golf amenities, such as a full-service spa, equestrian center or marina; and environmental stewardship.

Of Reynolds Plantation, the editors said: "Every great rhythm-and-blues artist wanted to play the Apollo Theater and now every top-tier golf architect wants to design a course at Reynolds Plantation. Pete Dye just signed to craft a new layout with Lake Oconee vistas and an expressly walkable configuration. Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Jim Engh and Bob Cupp have also left their marks. The official twentieth anniversary of Reynolds Plantation was celebrated a few months ago. Encompassing ten thousand acres and eighty miles of shoreline, it stays on the leading edge of new ideas."

Reynolds Plantation is also home to the TRAVEL + LEISURE GOLF Cottage, the magazine's first-ever "ultimate home for a golfer."

Click here to learn more about Reynolds Plantation!

Home Improvement Projects More Important Than Ever
(MS) -- Families know how important it is to retain the value of their homes, especially when we hear so much about diminishing home values and foreclosures. Still, remodeling is one of the best ways to preserve your home's value and in some parts of the country, homeowners can still recover up to 90 percent of their remodeling costs despite falling home prices. If you're a homeowner who's in the process of remodeling, consider budget-friendly options to get the look you want without breaking the bank. Here are several tips to give you some less expensive options when remodeling.

The counter tops are one of the high impact surfaces in your kitchen. While natural stone options like granite and quartz, as well as solid surfaces are alluring, they're expensive and can quickly drain your remodeling budget. Now is a good time to check out a contemporary laminate counter top, which offers luxury looks at a surprisingly low cost when compared to stone. Wilsonart(R) HD High Definition Laminate is available in 43 designs created specifically for heavy use horizontal surfaces like counter tops. The deep, rich look and dimensional texture can give your kitchen counter top the look you want without the sacrifice. Custom cabinets, though gorgeous to look at, can also make a significant dent in your budget plan. To get the same look for less, install oversized crown molding on top of stock cabinets to make them "pop." Most people won't notice the difference, and you'll save enough to buy a new appliance or two.

A beautiful, updated bathroom will undoubtedly add value to your home, but it can also be a money pit that sucks away your remodeling dollars due to potentially high material and labor costs. In an effort to cut back, try searching for discounted fixtures like shower heads and faucets at home improvement stores or at online sources like eBay.

Oftentimes, the cost of new luxury-name fixtures can run between $500 to $1000 while mass-market versions may provide the same look for less. Many manufacturers, like Moen and Delta, provide detailed installation instructions so you can save there, too. Those popular glass or decorative nickel knobs and pulls on cabinets and doors can often run as much as $20 apiece. A better option is oversized hardware -- eight to 12 inches long as opposed to the standard four to five inches -- which gives you a bold look for less.

You can also save money on bathroom counter top surfaces by considering durable laminate instead of stone, which can be stained by cosmetics and cleaners. Another advantage of laminate is that if you decide to change the color scheme of your bathroom in a few years, laminate can be switched out easily and inexpensively.

Family Room
Estimates tell us that adding a family room, as opposed to simply remodeling one, will help a homeowner recoup as much as 80 percent of their original investment at resale. Remember to plan the space by factoring in the size of your family, the ages of your kids (and their friends), and perhaps even the possibility of additions to your immediate family, like grandparents or babies. Some families go as far as taking out walls to improve space, but careful planning and wise furniture positioning can help you avoid drastic changes to the room that tend to drain your budget. If you're handy or can afford to hire a carpenter, built-in shelving and possibly an entertainment/gaming nook are useful and popular additions, and can be painted, stained, or simply covered with laminate to match your decor.

From a purely practical standpoint, your bedrooms are places for you and your family to sleep and take refuge from the outside world. A master bedroom remodel should reflect an atmosphere of serenity and comfort. It's also the perfect place to install energy efficient windows, which will help keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and allow you to eventually recoup the cost with savings on your monthly energy bill.

Color is typically one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to make a significant change in the look of your bedrooms. Kids' bedrooms can benefit from bright colors and easily washable surfaces. Pick up a pre-fabricated laminate counter top slab and a couple of file cabinets at a local home center to create a simple desk with the look of a custom piece. Wilsonart has a large, cutting-edge collection of colorful laminate patterns that children can easily grow into, in addition to a bevy of designs perfectly crafted for a children's room.

For more information and some examples of successful home remodeling projects, visit www.countertop.com

Home of the Month
Big Canoe Located in prestigious Audubon Ridge in the gated mountain community of Big Canoe in the town of Big Canoe, GA, this fabulous custom home is modeled after Southern Living's 1997 Chestnut Hill Idea House and is one of Big Canoe's best.

With its picturesque views of Lake Sconti and Cox Mountain and located directly on the signature hole of the Lake Sconti Golf Course, this is one of Big Canoe's most sought after locations.

The Chestnut Hill inspired floor plan is a unique cottage style design. The home features numerous, artfully constructed interior spaces with an open floor plan and lots of windows to bring the beautiful views inside.

The home has 4 bedrooms, three full baths and two ½ baths and features a great room, a large den/media room, a three car garage with workshop and a large bonus room with bath above the garage. Just under 4000 square feet, this spectacular home sits on a 3/4 acre wooded lot.

Asking Price $750,000

For more information, contact Kim Loftin, 706-268-0179 (office) or 770-314-5408 (cell) or by email at kloftin@progress.com


April PGA Tour Events
April 02 - 05
Shell Houston Open
Redstone GC Tournament Course, Humble, Texas
Televised by The Golf Channel and NBC

April 09 - 12
Masters Tournament
Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia
Televised by ESPN and CBS

April 16 - 19
Verizon Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Televised by the Golf Channel and CBS

April 23 - 26
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana
Televised by the Golf Channel and CBS

April 30 - May 03
Quail Hollow Championship
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
Televised by the Golf Channel and CBS

For a full list of 2009 PGA Tour Events, go to PGA Tour Schedule

Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
Eyespygolf.com. A directory of over 16,000 golf courses. Is your favorite course included?

AND be sure to check out...19thhole.com
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