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Golf Real Estate: At home on the golf course
by Greg Reed

TREETOPS

Located in Gaylord, Treetops North Estates condominiums range from 1,300 to 3,300 square feet. Starting with the two-bedroom, two-bath Premier units at $168,400, Treetops offers three and four-bedroom units, culminating with the five-bedroom, four-bath Masterpiece units starting at $420,000.

Homesites are also available on or near the Jones Masterpiece course, starting at $54,950 up to the $299,900, 2,200-square-foot lots. Those purchasing homesites and condos will have the opportunity to participate in a Treetops golf privilege package.

Contact: Rich Williams 800-583-9555.


COPPER HILLS

Nestled on 367 acres of rolling hills, forested ponds and scenic wetlands in Oakland County, Copper Hills Golf and Country Club opened 18 holes, the Hill and Marsh courses, this spring and will open the third nine-hole course, The Jungle, in 1998.

Seven Phase 1 homesites lining The Jungle are still available, ranging from $90,000 (23,857-square feet) to $104,000 (30,000 square feet). Phase 2 splits The Hill course, with some 70 lots ranging from $110,000 to $140,000.

Located just minutes from Pine Knob, The Palace, Addison Oaks Park and seven all-sports lakes, Copper Hills Estates boasts "having a summer home you can live in all year round."

Contact: Heidi Wright 810-696-9808.


GRAND TRAVERSE

Located at the 1,400-acre Grand Traverse Resort Village along the shores of Lake Michigan's East Grand Traverse Bay, Grand Traverse has announced that PGA Tour and Senior Tour legends Gary Player and Lee Trevino will create signature designs for the Resort Village's third and fourth courses. For now, golfers can enjoy Spruce Run and The Bear, designed by Jack Nicklaus. In addition, the resort has announced that construction of a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse also in the near future.

The resurgence of real estate began in 1994. Since, 21 lots in the residential subdivision adjacent to the Nicklaus course were sold and 17 homes constructed: only eight private home sites remain unsold. Also, two condominium developments are underway. Singletree II is a 16-unit, residential development comprised of duplex condominiums and Cottage Glens is a 30-unit residential neighborhood of detached condominiums.

"We're seeing a lot of interest in our new developments," sales manager Larry Smith said. "One big advantage of real estate ownership at the Resort Village is that owners have the opportunity to live the Resort lifestyle, use the Resort's amenities, and become members of the Resort's private country club, the Village Country Club."

Contact: Larry Smith 616-938-5438.


CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN

Located in the northwest corner of the lower peninsula between Traverse City and Cadillac, Crystal Mountain has cleared ground for nine new holes, with construction underway to add to the existing 27-hole layout.

Mountain Woods homesites are available along the Mountain Ridge course, starting at $55,000 and on the Mountain Creek course, starting at $34,000. Mountain side townhomes and condominiums are also nestled on the courses, with prices to be announced.

Contact: Jay White or Nancy Mullen 1-800-YOUR-MTN


CHARLEVOIX COUNTRY CLUB

Just two miles north of town, the Charlevoix Country Club has over 500 acres of land to offer. The Club homesites, located on or near the 18-hole Jerry Matthews championship golf course start at $39,500, with lakeview lots starting at $121,500. Twenty-two large wooded parcels along fairways 11 and 18 each have a unique private setting and start at $64,500. The Equestrian Way parcels, up to 20 acres, boarder the Equestrian Center, starting at $75,000. Five duplex lots are available with superlative views, starting at $71,500. The classically fashioned cottages of Cottage Pointe line the club's fairways and greens, some with pond frontage, start at $42,500.

Contact: Charlevoix Country Club 800-618-9796.


BOYNE

With the opening of two new courses this summer and the new addition of Crooked Tree Golf Club to its arsenal, Boyne (Highlands, Mountain and Bay Harbor) now boasts 162 holes of golf. There are also a plethora of housing availabilities. Golf course homesites, on the Arthur Hills, Heather, Donald Ross and Moor courses, start at $39,500 and run up to $125,000 at Pleasantview South. New this spring are the Arthur Hills Townhomes, with prices expected to start at $179,900 for the two-bedroom and $199,900 for the three-bedroom units.

Contact: Robert Hartwick 800-GO-BOYNE, 616-526-3090.


CROOKED TREE

This 340-acre community is located between Lake Michigan and Walloon Lake, just two miles west of Petoskey. Of the 71 lots available, 65 have views of Lake Michigan. Lots begin at $59,000 with an average price of $95,000. Homes, eight of which are available, are all Northern Michigan Victorian style.

For further information call (616) 439-4090.


TWIN LAKES

A taste of Scotland in Oakland County? That's right, Twin Lakes Golf Club, with the largest greens in the region, wildflowers, prairie grasses, marshlands and deep depressions opened in 1996 on the 600-acre parcel just north of Rochester. Wooded lots are $100,000; lake lots between $135,000 and $250,000; and golf course lots ranging from $110,000 to $140,000. Contact: Doug Grove 810-642-6420.


THE LINKS OF BOWEN LAKE VILLAGE

With 18 holes opening this June, Bowen Lakes is ready for its first season in Northern Kent County. Wooded homesites are all at least one acre. Builders have been selected to meet with you to discuss home plans. Choose from 58 of the remaining 92 sites, with golf-side, lake and stream frontage available. Prices start at $35,900.

For information call (616) 285-8520.


TIMBER POINTE ESTATES

A new golfing community just four miles east of Frankenmuth, Michigan's Little Bavaria, the Timber Pointe Estates is located off Bray and Swaffer Roads and is nestled in the picturesque beauty of The Timbers Golf Club. With abundant hardwoods pines, ponds, deer and birds, this is a natural for golfers who want to be "at home, enjoying Michigan's natural best."

Timber Pointe Estates is perfect for a new home, retirement living (golfing) or simple property investment for the future.

Thirty-three sites for single family residences are offered now. In September, construction will begin on the attached golf condominiums which are adjacent to the 18th fairway near the clubhouse.

For more information call Marketing by CMW at 517-652-6080.


GARLAND

Long considered as one of the most scenic golf areas in the state, Garland is also a favorite real estate destination. Situated on over 3500 acres of forests, lakes and streams, Garland has a number of real estate options. On the lot side, there's Garland Woods, where 1/2 to 3/4 acre lots are priced in the low 40's and include a lifetime family golf membership. Next up on tee, is the popular Garland North Estates where expansive 1 to 3 acre sites start at $42,000. There's also cottages and three bedroom villas available -- some even with unique half ownership options. Call Garland Real Estate at 1-800-968-0042.


A-GA-MING

Can it get much better than holing a putt for birdie at lovely A-Ga-Ming while viewing beautiful Torch Lake? Well, if you lived there it might be the best. That's why homesites and condos are still going strong at A-Ga-Ming, located north of Traverse City in Kewadin. At press time, there were 20 new Fairway Ridge homesites, equally divided between views of the golf course and of pristine Torch Lake. On the condo side, the Maplewood Ridge development offers one, two and three bedroom units, overlooking the golf course, at $54,000, $80,000, and $125,000 respectively. Golf Director Mike Brown reports strong interest in A-Ga-Ming property as both a second home and investment opportunity. A number of golf membership amenities are available, including some lifetime opportunities for 1997 lot buyers. So hurry!

For more information, call 1-800-678-0122.


WISHBONE GLEN

Well-known for its historic homes, Marshall hopes golfers statewide will now pass through to enjoy Wishbone Glen GC. Marked by rolling, woodsy terrain, Wishbone Glen is an ambitiously designed layout with four sets of tees ranging from 5240 to a stout 6965 yards at the tips. Besides the use of moguls to define fairways, Wishbone Glen will be remembered for its bold bunkering which features sparkling white sand mindful of Augusta National and many Myrtle Beach courses. The real estate here is in the developmental stage but a few golf-view sites are still available. Wishbone Glen is conveniently located just two miles north of I-94 and just west of exit 42 on I-69.

For more information, call 616-789-4653


SAWMILL GOLF CLUB

Sawmill Golf Club is just what Saginaw has been looking for. This championship 18 hole course and real estate development, located on the outskirts of the city, has been drawing rave reviews from the locals. In addition, 40 of the first 55 golf lots have already been sold. Homes valued at $350,000 to over a million dollars are now beginning to appear on the perimeter of the course. "When we drew up our original plans, we felt that the value of the homes on the course would be from $300-500 thousand. We were shocked that they started putting up homes all the way to a million dollars," said Andy Bethune, director of golf.

John Sanford Jr. of Sanford & Associates of Jupiter, Florida, was the course designer. Besides developing courses as far away as Egypt, John also did the Houghton Lake course and The Quest for Tom Weidman. The course stretches out for 6,900 yards, but it is designed for all skill levels. Sanford really did a nice job of turning this mid Michigan piece of open farmland into an exciting golf course. He has brought a lot of undulation to the course and has worked in surrounding wetlands to offer sufficient challenge. Bethune points with pride to their version of Amen Corner with holes 11-14. The course features a double green that serves both the 3rd and 8th hole. In addition, both finishing holes are par fives.

Bethune, who has worked at Bay Valley and Saginaw CC, will have a nice facility for instruction. He will have over 10 acres set aside for a driving range with target greens and a huge putting area.

The course opened this June.

Weekend rates with cart are $45. For further information contact the club at 517-793-2692.


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