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Golf Real Estate OnLine News
For Immediate Release
May 2008
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In this issue
-- The Cliffs Announce International Institute of Golf at Keowee Springs
-- Increase Home Value With Customized Outdoor Living Spaces
-- Cottage offering of the Month, at Currahee
-- May PGA Tour Events
-- Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
-- The Golf Real Estate OnLine Library

Welcome to the May 2008 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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The Cliffs Announce International Institute of Golf at Keowee Springs
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The Cliffs is excited to announce the launch of the International Institute of Golf to be located at The Cliffs at Keowee Springs. The brainchild of famed Australian golf coaches Steve Bann and Dale Lynch, the Institute is modeled after the prestigious Victorian Institute of Sport golf program in Melbourne, where the duo have trained leading tour professionals including Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby and KJ Choi.

The highly successful training regime that incorporates a multitude of factors including diet, mental and physical attributes fits well with The Cliffs' philosophy on health and wellness. The Institute will also feature the latest computer, video and motion analysis technology along with a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor practice facility.

The International Institute of Golf at Keowee Springs will be Bann and Lynch's only teaching academy in North America. The Institute will open late this summer (in conjunction with the Tom Fazio golf course at Keowee Springs) and welcomes students of all levels and ages, including both recreational and professional golfers.

The Cliffs is committed to protecting our natural habitats and, in April, The Cliffs at Mountain Park will introduce the first Earthcraf certified Showcase Green Home to be constructed in our communities.

Utilizing reclaimed heart pine floors as well as countertops and flooring derived from natural fibers, the home showcases sustainability without sacrificing creature comforts. Windows optimizing natural light and ventilation, energy saving appliances and compact fluorescent lighting all help reduce energy costs by as much as 50%. Every detail was considered and we think you'll find the finished product to be quite impressive.

By continuing to make the effort here today, The Cliffs will help protect these irreplaceable properties well into the future, so that years from now, your children's grandchildren will share in the same priceless discoveries that you enjoy today.

Visit The Cliffs and see for yourself why it was named CNBC's 2007 World's Best International Development. For information on planning a discovery weekend, call 1.866.435.5123

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Increase Home Value With Customized Outdoor Living Spaces
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Create outdoor spaces that will increase your home's overall value with the addition of a deck or awning.

(MS) - You've re-done the bathroom, laid hardwood floors in the kitchen and finally added that deck you have been dreaming of. Increasing your home's value is typically thought of as requiring months of construction and thousands of dollars. However, taking your home renovations outdoors to create a unique outdoor living space can take minimal time and will provide valuable square footage.

In fact, three of the four types of home improvement projects that significantly increased a home's value at the time of resale were exterior upgrades, according to The National Association of Realtor's "2007 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report." These improvements include replacing siding, adding wood decks and upgrading wood windows. Other upgrades that increase home value include landscape lighting, upgraded patio furniture and creating an "outdoor room" by adding an awning over a deck or patio.

"With recent housing market fluctuations, it's more important than ever to make economical home upgrades," says Michelle Sahlin, managing director of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). "Expanding outdoor living is not only economical as it adds valuable square footage to the home, but it's also functional. Increasing outdoor living space creates another area of the home where people can cook, play, entertain or even relax -ultimately increasing the home's value.

Outdoor rooms are already being seen in million-dollar "showcase" homes. There are covered eating areas next to the pool, covered outdoor cooking spaces with refrigerators and gas grills, and even outdoor home theaters with built-in projector screens or encased plasma televisions. These trends in outdoor living are not only for the rich and famous - the ideas can be incorporated into any home at a range of prices.

Creating an outdoor room at your own home can take just a few days and can cost as little as a few hundred dollars. The style and function of your outdoor room is entirely up to you.

"There are many options to consider when extending your indoor space to the outdoors; many of which make the home stylish and smart," says Sahlin. "Additions like awnings not only provide protection from the sun and heat, they also keep your home cooler by shading windows and doors from the sun. Awnings have been proven to be a trendy tool for eco-minded and design-savvy homeowners."

Finding creative ways to increase home values can leave many homeowners at a dead end. But, by thinking beyond your home's four walls and taking your design ideas outdoors, you are opening up a new world of possibilities.


Cottage offering of the Month, at Currahee
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Currahee Currahee Club announces Coneflower Lane Cottages

Currahee Cottage

Batson Cook Development Co., in partnership with Millichap Development Group, has broken ground on the Coneflower Lane Cottages, a charming 20-cottage neighborhood in the midst of Currahee Club. Designed by nationally acclaimed architect Keith Summerour of Summerour and Associates, these cottage-style homes blend traditional southern architecture with high-quality craftsmanship characteristic of Summerour design. Coneflower Lane Cottages recently welcomed its first homeowner, and is the perfect respite for golfers, outdoor enthusiasts and those simply seeking a peaceful retreat.

Prices for the Coneflower Lane Cottages begin at $729,000. The available floor plans for these two-story cottages include 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Located adjacent to the planned swimming pool, playground and amphitheater and a stone's throw from the recently-opened magnificent 48,000-square-foot Golf Clubhouse, cottage homeowners will enjoy living nearby many of Currahee Club's amenities.

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May PGA Tour Events
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May 1 - 4
Wachovia Championship
Quail Hollow CC, Charlotte, North Carolina
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

May 8 - 11
THE PLAYERS Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Televised by The Golf Channel and NBC

May 15 - 18
AT&T Classic
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

May 22 - 25
Crowne Plaza Invitational
Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, Texas
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

May 29 - June 1
The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS For a full list of 2008 PGA Tour Events, go to pgatour.com


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?

AND be sure to check out...19thhole.com
Now you can amerce yourself in the game-rain or shine. Enjoy!

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Be sure to visit the Golf Real Estate OnLine affiliates page!

New sites are added continually!


The Golf Real Estate OnLine Library
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Also, be sure to visit The Library today!

We've started a list of our favorite golf titles. We've also given you the opportunity to purchase these books from Amazon.com

Check The Library regularly for new additions.