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Golf Real Estate OnLine News
For Immediate Release
July 2009
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In this issue
-- Daufuskie Island Golf Get-Away
-- Residential Fire Sprinkler System Ignites Heated Debate
-- Property of the Month
-- July PGA Tour Events
-- Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
-- The Golf Real Estate OnLine Library

Welcome to the July 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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Daufuskie Island Golf Get-Away
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The Daufuskie Island Golf Get-Away includes:
· Two nights accommodations for two in a deluxe suite at The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Bluffton, SC
· Two $25 gift certificates to some of the area's favorite restaurants
· Ferry ride compliments of The Palmetto Ferry Company from Hilton Head Island to Daufuskie Island
· 18 holes of golf at The Melrose Club, includes green fees, cart and range balls

Entire package is only $225 per person based on double occupancy.

Call the Holiday Inn Express in Bluffton, SC, today at 866-757-2002 and ask to book the special Daufuskie Island Golf Get-Away package.

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Residential Fire Sprinkler System Ignites Heated Debate
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Kitchen (MS) -- Every 90 seconds, a home fire is reported in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, eight out of 10 fire fatalities occur where we feel safest -- in our own homes. Many fires start at night and research shows young children and older adults are the majority of victims in home fires.

- Would installing fire sprinklers save lives?
- Is the added cost a necessary investment for homeowners?
- Should it be mandated by law?

The nation's leading building code body, the International Code Council (ICC), thinks so. The ICC develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the international codes developed by the ICC. The ICC fire sprinkler mandate stipulates that all new residential homes, both one- and two-family dwellings, must include fire sprinklers starting Jan. 1, 2011.

A heated debate among builders, fire marshals and consumers has ignited in the wake of the ICC mandate. Opinions run the gamut, depending on who you talk to: Fire officials welcome the mandate, while some builders say this is an unnecessary and costly precaution.

"Fire sprinklers save lives," says Stan Scofield, a fire inspector from Plymouth, Minn. "We have never seen a fatality in a home fire where a working fire sprinkler system was installed. Unfortunately, we see our fair share of tragedies in homes without one installed."

Critics argue that the cost of building a new home is already high, and that adding the expense of fire sprinklers may turn some homeowners away from the building process. "I am including a fire safety system in a home that we are currently building," Jim Moras, owner of Highmark Builders of Burnsville, Minn., says. "In this case, we are putting it in based on a request from the homeowner. But I think the industry is balking at having a mandate that demands sprinklers in every new home built, potentially driving up the final house cost."

But some homeowners liken sprinklers to having their own personal "fire department" on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for protection and peace of mind. A residential fire sprinkler system can contain a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene. Yet, only about two percent of U.S. homes are equipped with fire sprinklers.

"Research makes a compelling argument to mandate fire safety systems in residential building codes," says Jayson Drake, senior product manager, Plumbing and Fire Safety, for Uponor North America. "And with an industry standard cost of approximately $1.61 per square foot, the investment for homeowners equals that of granite countertops and stainless steel appliances -- common upgrades by today's standard. But this upgrade saves lives."

Although the cost of installing a fire safety system seems to be a central issue, excluding a system based on a price tag may be a shortsighted decision. According to the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, fires cause more than $6 billion in direct property damage every year in U.S. homes. Much of this damage is caused by firefighters' hoses, which discharge 200 gallons of water per minute into a burning home.

Conversely, a fire sprinkler sprays 10 to 15 gallons per minute, minimizing overall property damage. And with only the sprinklers closest to the fire activating, 90 percent of fires are contained by the operation of just one or two sprinklers, causing only a fraction of the water damage of a fire department hose. With the ICC mandate in effect, the annual $6 billion property damage figure should decrease significantly over the next decade, according to Drake from Uponor.

Though these savings won't pay for the initial installation investment, some homeowners and real estate agents are starting to recognize that sprinklers may be a good long-term investment.

"As more and more homes include a fire sprinkler system, I believe it can increase the value of your home and its resale value," according to Colleen Larson, a Minneapolis-based RE/MAX real estate agent. "New homes often set the trend for what consumers demand, and as we see more and more homes outfitted with sprinklers, they will become a much-desired request by buyers."

Aside from cost, consumer demand, insurance rates, and water and property damage, the core reason for including a fire safety system is often an emotional one. The most precious belongings we have -- our family, photo albums showcasing our lives and keepsakes from the past -- are found in our homes. A house fire destroys irreplaceable mementos unique only to our lives. For many, this becomes the main reason to include a fire sprinkler system.

Learn more about residential fire safety systems by visiting www.uponor-usa.com or calling toll-free: (800) 321-4739.


Property of the Month
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Lake Greenwood Lot at Patriots Point Located in prestigious Patriots Plantation, this lake-front lot slopes nicely toward the water and includes a Master Sports Membership ($27.500 value) to the exclusive Grand Harbor Golf & Yacht Club.

Patriots Plantation is a gated lake-front equestrian community on Lake Greenwood, SC that features large lake-front lots, beautiful wooded common area, pools, stables, riding trails, yacht clubhouse, tennis and fitness complex, preferred golf rates, bar and grill, day use of the marina (dock permits available) and is a sister community to Grand Harbour.

Patriot Plantation members also enjoy all of the amenities available at Grand Harbour, (only a five minute boat ride away.) Grand Harbour, located in Ninety-Six, SC is a private gated lake community featuring lake-front and golf-view lots, marina, Davis Love III golf course, pro shop, and yacht club.

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July PGA Tour Events
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July 02 - 05
AT&T National
Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

July 09 - 12
John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

July 16 - 19
U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Televised by The Golf Channel

July 16 - 19
British Open Championship
The Ailsa Championship Course, Turnberry, Ayrshire, SCO
Televised by TNT and ABC

July 23 - 26
RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville,Ontario, CAN
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

July 30 - Aug. 02
Buick Open
Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan
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
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Eyespygolf.com. A directory of over 16,000 golf courses. Is your favorite course included?

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