Development of the Year winners announced
Golf Inc. announced it will honor five golf courses from four countries in this year’s Development of the Year competition.
The honorees in alphabetical order are: Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman, UAE; Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas; Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada; Cape Wickham Links in Tasmania, Australia; and Rockwind Community Links in City of Hobbs, New Mexico.
The 15th annual contest highlights the best new private and public golf courses in the world. It judges new courses based on development vision, aesthetics, routing and sustainability, which examines the economic and environmental impact the courses will have for years to come.
“Development has slowed in America and year after year that is represented in the international representation of entrants and winners,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor-In-Chief of Golf Inc. “All honorees are of the highest caliber. Readers will see many familiar architect names like Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.”
The United States still made a good showing when it came to entrants, however most honorees were international projects. Other entries came from Singapore and several U.S. States including California, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey and Utah. In addition to open nominations, the Golf Inc. staff identified courses that received accolades and invited the developer and architect to enter the competition to ensure the best projects were part of the competition.
All five courses will be featured in the March/April issue of Golf Inc. Magazine. There will be a first, second and third place in addition to honoring two finalists.
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Six homebuilders have been chosen to construct hundreds of custom homes in Bluejack National, a new luxury resort community featuring the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the U.S.
The homebuilders are Dream Works Properties, based in The Woodlands; Jeff Paul Custom Homes, based in The Woodlands; Morning Star Builders, based in Houston; Texas Elite Custom Homes, based in Klein; Tipler Design and Build, based in The Woodlands; and Waterford Custom Homes, based in north Houston.
“These builders are consistent with the high quality standards we present here at Bluejack National,” Gary Short, Bluejack’s sales director, said in a statement. “They were specifically selected for their integrity, level of expertise within the custom marketplace and the exceptional personalized service they provide their clients.”
Prospective homebuyers can choose from among the six homebuilders to construct a custom home on 234 estate and homestead lots, which range in size from a half-acre to one-and-a-half acres. An estate lot can cost between the mid-$200,000s to the low $600,000s.
Some of the estate lots will offer views of the golf course, while others will offer views of the lush woodlands surrounding the resort community. The homes will have access to a trail system as well as family-friendly community amenities, such as a movie theater, zip line and fish camp.
Developers Beacon Land Development and Lantern Asset Management, both based in Dallas, have also partnered with Tipler to build 147 vacation homes for the resort. The luxury homebuilder will construct a mix of member suites, cottages and patio homes that can be rented out by owners to family and friends for short-term stays at the resort.
The rustic homes, which were designed by Montana-based Nick Fullerton Architects, will feature smart home amenities and range in size from 1,200 to 3,300 square feet and in price from the mid-$400,000s to nearly $1.5 million. These vacation homes have been selling quickly, according to developers.
Bluejack National held a soft opening for its championship-level golf course in November and will hold a grand opening for the resort and model homes this spring. The 755-acre development is located at the former site of Blaketree National Golf Club at 4430 S. FM 1486 in Montgomery County, about an hour northwest of Houston.
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