Golf Real Estate OnLine News
For Immediate Release
October 2008
In this issue
-- Grande Dunes Resort Club Named 2008 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year
-- How to Get a "Green" Lawn
-- Homesite of the Month
-- October PGA Tour Events
-- Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
-- The Golf Real Estate OnLine Library

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Grande Dunes Resort Club Named 2008 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year
The Grande Dunes Resort Club was recently chosen as the "2008 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year" by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association (MBAGCOA.) Grande Dunes is now eligible for the state and national "Golf Course of the Year" awards to be announced later this fall.

For the "Golf Course of the Year" award, the MBAGCOA judged and evaluated area courses on golf course conditions, quality of ownership and management, contributions to the community and efforts to improve the growth of the game. Grande Dunes was chosen for its strength in each of these areas. The Grande Dunes Resort Club and Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities including The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Conway Medical Center, Victory Junction Gang, Special Olympics and Patriot's Golf Day. The Grande Dunes Resort Club is also committed to introducing the game to golfers of all ages through their active participation in Play Golf America and The First Tee of Myrtle Beach program.

"We are honored to have been selected as the '2008 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year,'" said Mike Buccerone, senior director, Grande Dunes clubs and amenities. "Since opening in May of 2001, the Grande Dunes Resort Club has attracted golfers from around the world to enjoy our award-winning course, first-class amenities and impeccable service. From the time they arrive, they're treated like members for the day."

"This is a compliment to the hard work of the Grande Dunes Resort Club staff to be selected as the top course in the area," said Bob Swezey, executive vice president. "Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management has established our position as leaders in the community and we hope to represent the Myrtle Beach area well on the state and national level."

"The Resort Course at Grande Dunes is the epitome of what we consider a worthy 'Golf Course of the Year,'" said George Hilliard, Executive Director of the MBAGCOA. "They met and exceeded all of the criteria that we designate for the award and we wish them luck at the state level."

The National Golf Course Owners Association implemented the award in 1996 and the MBAGCOA has since nominated courses from the Myrtle Beach area.

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How to Get a "Green" Lawn
It is possible to achieve a beautiful lawn and landscape while being environmentally conscious.

(MS) - There are millions of acres of manicured lawns in this country. From golf clubs to parks to homeowners' own front yards. Many people believe a perfect, manicured lawn positively reflects back on the person who toiled for it, and evokes a feeling of importance and pride. However, the steps most people take to achieve that pristine, green lawn are often anything but green in the environmental sense.

Chemical Overload

Millions of pounds of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are applied to lawns, trees and shrubs to keep them looking their best. But those "warning" flags the landscaper erects after the lawn has been doused in a chemical bath should seem insidious to everyone around. That's because the chemicals used are harmful to the environment and the people/animals that come in contact with those chemicals.

Studies of professional lawn care workers have shown they face of increased risk of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), currently the sixth most common malignant cancer in the U.S., say reports by The Green Guide. Chemical runoff from pesticides and fertilizers can seep into water supplies and other bodies of water in communities. Phosphates and nitrates found in chemical products help to rob ponds and lakes of oxygen, essentially suffocating the plant and animal life residing there.

Air Pollution

The gasoline-powered equipment used to cut lawns, edge properties and trim shrubbery contributes to air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 5 percent of air pollution comes from mowers, trimmers, blowers and chainsaws.

Drain on Water

Keeping lawns looking healthy requires thorough watering. But experts estimate that a good deal of fresh water is squandered away keeping lawns and landscapes up to par.

Putting the "Green" Back into the Landscape

By being environmentally conscious and exploring natural alternatives to lawn care, homeowners can have their cake and eat it, too. Essentially they can have a thriving landscape without the environmental side effects of chemical products and other pollutants. Here are a few ideas:

1. Position large collection basins outdoors under the downspouts on your home. These basins can collect rainwater that can be used to water garden plants during dry spells, alleviating the drain on fresh water supplies.

2. Choose plants, trees and grasses that are indigenous to the area in which you live. Essentially this is working with the environment, instead of trying to maintain a landscape of intolerant species. Plants accustomed to the climate and natural predators may require less water and fewer pesticides.

3. Look for organic fertilizers that will be a benefit for the environment rather than destroy it. A great organic fertilizer that is very inexpensive is compost. Create a compost heap in the yard or in a container to which you add grass clippings, vegetable peels, egg shells, and other organic matter. Use the compost to feed the landscape.

4. Look to alternative pest management instead of pesticides. Let "good" bugs stay in place that will eat or destroy the ones that target the landscape. Invite birds that feed on insects to the yard by creating a welcome atmosphere for them.

5. Create a peaceful (and exhaust-free) mowing experience by using a manual mower instead of a gas-powered one.

Homesite of the Month

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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October PGA Tour Events
Congratulations Captain Paul Azinger and Team USA on the 2008 Ryder Cup Victory!

Oct. 02 - 05
Turning Stone Resort Championship
Atunyote Golf Club, Verona, New York
Televised by The Golf Channel

Oct. 09 - 12
Valero Texas Open
LaCantera GC, San Antonio, Texas
Televised by The Golf Channel

Oct. 16 - 19
Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Televised by The Golf Channel

Oct. 23 - 26
Frys.com Open Grayhawk Golf Club
Raptor, Scottsdale, Arizona
Televised by The Golf Channel

Oct. 30 - Nov. 02
Ginn sur Mer Classic
Conservatory Course, Palm Coast, Florida
Televised by The Golf Channel

For a full list of 2008 PGA Tour Events, go to PGA Tour Schdule

Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
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