Golf Real Estate OnLine News
For Immediate Release
May 2009
In this issue
-- The Landings on Skidaway Island: An Example of Continual Reinvestment
-- Protect the Curb Appeal of your New Driveway Pavers
-- Home of the Month
-- May PGA Tour Events
-- Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
-- The Golf Real Estate OnLine Library

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

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The Landings on Skidaway Island: An Example of Continual Reinvestment
The Landings Behind the gates of a quiet residential community on an island off Georgia's emerald coast, the "great life" revolves around great golf. And great golf begins with great courses. Few golf communities can boast one private championship golf course. The Landings offers six - all Audubon certified. Designed by immortals of the game, each course offers a distinct layout and required style of play. But perhaps the toughest part isn't the courses, but which course to play.

Enhancing courses for optimum play and member enjoyment has been a focus and a priority since the inception of The Landings Club in 1974. Since 1998, the Club has invested heavily in renovation and aggressive maintenance of its facilities. Four of the Club's six championship courses, designed by names such as Arthur Hills, Arnold Palmer, and Willard Byrd, have all been completely renovated in recent years. The Club's Deer Creek Golf Course, designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1991, is currently under complete renovation in a project costing approximately $7.7 million. Tom Marzolf, the original designer of Deer Creek for the Fazio Group, is once again in charge of renovating his course 18 years later.

The scope of the project includes complete replacement of the irrigation system with state of the art computerized control and irrigation sprinklers, which will optimize the Club's limited water resources. Fairways have been completely recontoured to assist in better drainage which will help to keep the course playable and will be regrassed with a newer strain of Bermuda grass called Celebration, a variety that is shade and drought tolerant and will help with water conservation. Cart paths have been replaced with concrete in place of the original asphalt paths; greens complexes have been completely redesigned to USGA specifications and will be grassed with TifEagle. The green collars will be TifDwarf Bermuda. The greens have been reshaped to allow surrounding collection areas that will feature closely mown recovery shots.

The design also includes the construction of five tee pods on each hole, which will assist in a more equitable yardage distribution. Under this system, the course can be played anywhere from 5,284 yards from the front tees all the way up to 7,236 yards which can be played from the Championship tees. The course will also incorporate Kids course tee markers on each fairway which will assist younger players to play the course from tees established at achievable yardages for their ability. A typical Level 1 Kids par 4 will play at an average of 120 yards and a typical Level 2 Kids par 4 will play at an average of 250 yards. Par 3's will play anywhere from 65 to 100 yards.

A lot has changed in golf course design in the last 18 years and Marzolf offered the following quote on his expectations of the completed project, "Deer Creek will re-open in October as a completely new golf course. The holes have been adjusted to match the evolution of the game since 1990. Golf balls and clubs have improved dramatically and so has the level of turf care since the late 1980's. This course was re-built with improved drainage techniques, new shade tolerant grasses, more tee space, re-positioned fairway bunkers, and new hole location options on larger, more receptive greens."

The new Deer Creek golf course will get a reaction from players that remember the "Old Course". The new holes have a distinct, strategic interest, requiring players to think before aiming the tee shots. The green surrounds, with low cut turf, will allow more club selection options for pitching, chipping, and putting back to the flagstick.

The practice area is perhaps the most exciting expansion of the project. The larger, more open teeing areas ensure more spaces to hit practice balls. The state of the art, two short game areas, allow for focused practice of all the new shot options found throughout the new Deer Creek design.

Once completed, Deer Creek promises to be an exciting course, adding more variety to the golf experience at The Landings.

Additionally the Club is investing $5.5 million in an expansion and renovation of its existing Fitness Center, which will now be one of the largest private club fitness centers in the U.S., reaching approximately 32,000 square feet.

The Landings is a fully developed community with all of its amenities in place and ready for members to enjoy. For the past ten years, its Home Owner's Association has successfully managed the community. Even in this recessionary period, The Landings has been able to make these significant facility improvements for its members in a debt-free way - making it a uniquely resourceful and successful community.

Located just 12 miles from historic downtown Savannah, The Landings on Skidaway Island is the recipient of the Urban Land Institute's coveted Award for Excellence. Its extensive list of amenities includes six championship golf courses, 34 Tennis Courts in three tennis centers, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, two full-service marinas, four swimming pools, four dining clubhouses, and 40 miles of walking and biking trails. With over 100 social clubs and the proximity of Savannah - one of America's most enchanting, culturally rich cities - The Landings offers a lifestyle that most people only dream about.

Protect the Curb Appeal of your New Driveway Pavers
Pavers (MS) -- You finally made the decision to remove your old, worn out, cracked, weed-infested asphalt driveway and replace it with beautiful and durable hardscape pavers. You're not alone.

According to home improvement trends, a home's curb appeal from outdoor spaces, such as patios, paths, decks, and driveways continues to be just as important to overall market value as luxury bathrooms and gourmet kitchens. In fact, landscaping and "hardscaping" can increase a home's value by as much as 15 percent estimates Smart Money magazine.

Hardscape materials such as concrete, natural stone, clay brick, and other choices are rapidly growing in popularity to form the foundation for inviting new outdoor spaces. Many of these time-tested options are being used in new ways with the rise of decorative paving and ongoing innovations in veneer products.

However, once installed, these decorative materials are exposed to weather and staining from use which over time can lead to fading, discoloration and deterioration. Driveway pavers especially are subjected to harsh conditions and are not impervious to stains from motor oil, barbeque grease, fertilizer, tire marks, and paint spills. This is why hardscape experts highly recommend the application of a sealant to protect and enhance the aesthetic qualities of your paving projects.

While sealant technology continues to evolve, sealants can be broken down into a few key categories:
* Film-forming versus non film-forming
* Color enhancing (wet look) versus non color enhancing (dry look)
* Solvent-based versus water-based
* All are stain-resistant

According to Rick DeMarchi, director of marketing for Techniseal, the leading manufacturer of polymeric sand and treatment products for the concrete paver industry, it's important to understand this framework when choosing a product because each category brings its own features and benefits with regard to aesthetics, protective qualities and application procedures.

"There's a different sealant, for example, that is applied to a pool deck than the one required for a driveway," he explained. "The pool deck is a candidate for a non film-forming sealant that has no impact on slip and skid resistance for safety considerations." On the driveway, DeMarchi recommends an oil resistant protective sealant making clean up of messy engine oil drippings easy. In both cases, the sealant can be color enhancing, enriching the colors of your pavers, or invisible.

"Whatever the application, an appropriate sealant can help decorative hardscape materials look their best and keep them looking great for years," DeMarchi added. More information on sealant technology can be found at www.techniseal.com.

Home of the Month
Ford's Colony Ford's Colony Home Great Value in Ford's Colony, Williamsburg, VA

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2700 square foot home reduced to $439,000. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, solid surface counters, updated baths - master bath has new cherry finish, double sink vanity, new natural tile flooring. Home also has a new roof and skylights, new hardwood floors and carpeting, and a large bonus room over garage. 1st floor includes living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, half bath, study, and laundry room. Home also has a screened porch and a 2 car garage.

For more information, call Gary Byrd 757-303-0523.

May PGA Tour Events
May 07 - 10
THE PLAYERS Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Televised by The Golf Channel and NBC

May 14 - 17
Valero Texas Open
LaCantera GC, San Antonio, Texas
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

May 21 - 24
HP Byron Nelson Championship
TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

May 28 - 31
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, Texas
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?

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