Archive for June, 2011

Alzheimer’s North Carolina Golf Tournament

June 28, 2011

2011 "Stand by Me" Golf Tournament

Last Monday, I had the privilege and honor to play and support the Alzheimer’s Association of North Carolina by participating in their annual golf tournament. This event was held at the prestigious Prestonwood Country Club and the event was well-organized. It is good to be able to do two wonderful things at once; play Prestonwood and support Alzheimer’s research.

As with nearly everyone, I know someone who has been impacted by this dreaded disease as my wife’s godmother suffered from it near the end of her life. “Alzheimer North Carolina is dedicated to providing education, support and services to patients, their families, health care professionals and the general public while raising awareness and funding for research for a cause, treatment, prevention and cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders”, according to their mission statement.

This organization was founded in 1980 at Duke University and relocated to Raleigh in 1985, thanks to a generous grant from Kate B. Reynolds Health Care Trust. This moved them to the Cameron Village area. Due to growth and a need for more space, they later moved to Navaho Drive, near Wake Forest Drive.

All of the proceeds raised will go to the organization to support its efforts. The tournament boasted a putting contest, driving contest where you attempted to call your distance and several hole-in-one and closest to the pin competitions. After the event, they had an auction and raffle drawings. I am not privy to the amount of money they raised, but I plan to add this event to my calendar every year as it was very rewarding to me.

I would encourage anyone who likes golf and good causes to consider participating in this event next year. They have been doing this tournament for 23 years, so they know what they are doing and are doing it well.

For those who do not know, Prestonwood Country Club is one of the premier golf communities in the Triangle. Prestonwood offers an amazing clubhouse, 54 championship holes, dining, tennis and aquatic facilities. It also boast a state-of-the-art fitness center and an active Kids Club.

Prestonwood is surrounded by fabulous homes of varying sizes to accommodate nearly every buyer. The community is established and offers walking trails it is one of the most family friendly communities in Cary. Located in the heart of Cary, just minutes from downtown Raleigh it is truly a place you can call home.

For more information about this community or other Triangle golf communities, please feel free to contact me directly.

Bloomsbury Estates-Downtown Living Done Right!

June 25, 2011

I had an opportunity today to re-visit the Bloomsbury Estates in downtown Raleigh to get a beat on the new pricing that has just been released. According to the on site sales agent, they have had much more success with the new prices then previously. In fact, only 11 of the 56 units sold originally, but since they have relaunched the new pricing, they have sold 15 units. This tells me that they are now priced right.

As you can imagine, there are still several opportunities including several on the top floors. The prices are much more competitive with the rest of the condos in downtown Raleigh. If you thought you could only afford some of the more pedestrian condos there, you need to take a new look at the Bloomsbury.

For those who do not know, the Bloomsbury is a very traditional building that is crafted in the Second Empire style and is very consistent with the architecture popular in the 1860s. With seven stories and romantic mansard roofs, graceful dormers and inviting cupolas, this is a home that is 1800s Parisian style with all the grace and elegance that can be found in much more expensive buildings.

Relocate this building in New York City and you would expect to pay millions to get into this building. Thanks to its location, you do not have the hustle and bustle of city living, but the convenience of a quick jaunt to your favorite downtown restaurants and bars.

This building also offers a billiards room and library for all residents to enjoy along with its welcoming foyer. A great environment to entertain guest or to enjoy a nice scotch by the common fireplace. Truly a lifestyle that makes life worth living.

I have always been excited about this building, but the new pricing has made it even more inviting. You can expect these condos to sell out quickly as they are finally priced where they should have been to start.

If something like this interest you or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. If you cannot see, I am very excited about this building and especially excited about the new prices.

The 2011 Rex Hospital Open

June 10, 2011

2011 Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation

Calling all golfers!!!

 If you are interested in seeing the future stars of the PGA Tour, then you may want to make the 2011 Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh. The event is this weekend and passes can be purchased for a modest sum. Come see some great golf and support a great cause, NC Cancer Hospital.

A Nationwide Tour event, you will be able to get up close and see some of the future stars of the PGA. You are bound to find a new favorite golfer to follow including some local amateurs.

For more information, you can can link to The 2011 Rex Hospital Open.

Hope to see you there!

Golf Course Community of the Month-The Clubs at 12 Oaks

June 10, 2011

The Triangle area of North Carolina is fortunate to have several golf courses and golf community for the benefit of its residents. Recently, I had the opportunity to play our newest golf course in Holly Springs. 12 oaks is a Jack Nicklaus designed course that offers a challenging, but fair course for players of all levels. The 7132 yard course is very much like the designer, challenging and soon to be, legendary. As more Triangle golfers make their way to this well maintained course, its beauty and picturesque designs will awe and inspire you.

Jack Nicklaus, if you do not already know, was one of the greatest golfers the U.S. has fielded with 20 major titles, electrifying victories and his will to “win”, his course designs have very much followed suit. This course offers several risk vs reward shots that will either help your game, or destroy it. As with most of Nicklaus courses, there are many difficult hazards that should be avoided at all cost, but it is not so challenging that higher handicap players cannot have the shot to keep them coming back for more.

The finishing hole on this course is the longest Par 4 on the course and requires you to shape your shot and while getting some distance in order to shorten your approach to the green. The green is protected in front and down the side by a creek. There are safer options to approach this green for the golfers like me who do not have the game or distance to make some of these shots.

I truly enjoyed my round of golf on this course, especially since it was a Captain’s Choice tournament where I did not have to rely on my shots. However, I will be playing this course again tomorrow with the Downtown Links and hope to do better than I did the last time out.

The Community

The website for the community boasts that the “front porch is back”. I have yet to view some of the homesites in this community, but the ones I saw while on the course were amazing. A gentle Southern lifestyle is the order of the day with this community. The community is the epitome of Southern life with front porches and 20 miles of sidewalks for evening strolls. Community features boast the clubhouse with pool, fitness center and tennis courts.

1508 Green Oaks Parkway $399,900

With builders such as W & W Partner’s Builder Team, Lennar, Robuck Homes, David Weekley Homes, The Oakwood Builder Team, and Homestead Building Co. you will have several options for your future home here. Additionally, WinStar Homes and Mungo Homes offer townhomes for your family.

Holly Springs offers many amenities and is not a sleepy town anymore. With shopping, restaurants and cultural activities nearby, Holly Springs has been ranked as the 22nd best place to live according to Money Magazine. This is a community that is worth a visit and I am sure you will be falling in love with the tree-lined community.

For more information about 12 Oaks, please visit 12 Oaks Community.