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Upcoming Golf Tournaments and other important items

March 4, 2013
The pose of a Champion

The pose of a Champion

As the Golfing Realtor, I feel it is important for me to emphasis and promote upcoming golf tournaments and other important items. There are many exciting golf opportunities that should impress many people. This post will not have all of the golf tournaments in the Triangle, just some that I know are coming.

Before I get into the tournament schedule, I would be remiss not to mention that the real estate season that is quickly approaching. March tends to be the month that showing and general activity begins to really take hold. The market has traditionally shown that it is tied to the spring and summer seasons. If you have been reading blog, you will know that 2012 was a very successful year for the Triangle real estate market. Sales were up and inventory was down. By some indications, foreclosures in 2013 will be up over last year. If last year’s trends continue, 2013 is shaping up to be another very successful year.

With that said, if you have been thinking of either buying or selling in 2013, now is the time to get your home ready for sale and get it onto the market. The best thing you can do to sell your home quickly is to have it ready for show from the beginning as research has shown that the most showings you will have on your home will be in the first few weeks it is on the market. So, be ready to sell and then call a qualified agent whom you like and trust to help you price your home correctly and sell it in a timely manner. Most people looking to sell a home are doing it so they can either move-up or downsize their living quarters. This means you need to definitely be priced right and showing your best foot when it officially goes on the market.

Now that we got the business out of the way, there are several golf tournaments coming up that may interest you. Also, I have listed several golf outing (not tournaments) that may interest you. As a committee member of the Downtown Links, we have monthly outings and have secured some very nice courses throughout the Triangle. If you are not a member of the Downtown Clubs of Raleigh, you can be my guest to any of these events as I will be at most of them. Please let me know if you are interested in any of these dates.


Downtown Links

Wednesday, March 13- Devil’s Ridge Golf Club, 1pm shotgun start

Monday, April 15-Prestonwood Country Club, 12:30 pm shotgun start

Tuesday, May 14-Raleigh Country Club, 12:30 shotgun start

Thursday, June 6-North Ridge Country Club, 1pm shotgun start

Monday, July 22-Brier Creek Country Club, 1 pm shotgun start

August-TBD-Hasentree Country Club,

Monday, September 23-Treyburn Country Club, 12:30 shotgun start

October, TBD-The Neuse Golf Club, tee times starting at 12:30

Thursday, November 7-Lochmere Golf Club

*Some of these dates and details are subject to change.

Local Golf Tournaments

April 9, 9th HNC Charity Golf Tournament, The Preserve at Jordan Lake, noon shotgun start. More

April 22, 4th Annual North Raleigh Rotary Golf Tournament, Wildwood Green Golf Club, 1pm shotgun start. $350 for a team, $87.50 for individuals. Email me.

April 29, RRAR Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Devil’s Ridge Golf Club, 8 am check-in. Details

May 3, AIA Triangle Golf Tournament, Lonnie Poole Golf Club, 1pm shotgun start. Info.

May 13, Wheels4Hope Golf Charity Event, Wildwood Green Golf Club, noon check-in


As you may imagine, this is just a small sampling of the golf tournaments that are available this spring. I will add more in the future. If you have a tournament you would like listed here, please let me know and I will be happy to add them to the list.

Golf tournaments are a wonderful way to spend the day while giving back to a great cause. There are typically many opportunities to play golf throughout the area while raising much needed funds for causes that may or may not be dear to your heart. I would encourage you to plan to play in one or more tournaments this year. I have only won a couple of the tournaments I have played, but I have always had fun.




Hasentree Golf Course

August 16, 2012

Last week, I had the distinct privilege of playing golf on one of the Triangle’s greatest golf courses. If you have not played Hasentree, you are missing an amazing experience. This course offers 88 bunkers, which make it a bit challenging, but it is laid out in a fair method. There were many times during the round that I felt like cursing Tom Fazio, professional golfer and course designer, but in the end, I had a wonderful time and a decent round of golf.

Tom Fazio challenges his golfers with a 466 yard Par 4 to start the round that dog-legs left. This hole is challenging for the short hitters. When I played this hole, I did not get a good tee shot and was short left in the tall grass. This forced me to make a bad second shot. Finally, my third shot, still from over 200 yards out, landed on the fringe of the elevated green.

Hole #2 is a 400 yard Par 4 that starts out with a tee shot that must carry a natural area to reach the fairway. It then follows with a second to an elevated green that is severely slopped in the front and both sides. I had a decent tee shot on this hole, but a more amazing second shot that landed a foot from the hole for a birdie. This green is so challenging that one of the players with me landed behind the green on his approach shot. He then chipped back to the green, but the ball rolled off the front of the green. His next shot landed on the green, just left of the front pin, but did not hold and rolled off the side of the green. I think I had a similar experience on this hole the last time I played this hole.

The course consists of 5 Par 3s with one being 238 yards from pin to tip. I was fortunate to win the closest to the pin on the sixth hole. From the tee box we were using, it was just over 200 yards to the flag and I came up short of the flag, about 10 feet from the flag. With the birdie, a couple of pars and a closest to the pin, this was one of the best individual outings I had with the Downtown Links Club, which is the golf club arm of the Downtown Clubs of Raleigh. Next month, we will be visiting Wakefield Plantation. This will be my first opportunity to play this course.

Hasentree; the community

Hasentree is an amazing community and has thrived under the direction of Toll Brothers. Housing prices start from the low $300s for the Villa collection and head up to well over a million for some of the executive homes. It is ideally located between Wake Forest, Durham and North Raleigh, off Highway 98.

The community offers golf, tennis, swimming, fitness center, family activities and outdoor living. The outdoor living offers hiking, biking and walking trails throughout that both surround the golf course and go beyond it. While enjoying these trails, you may encounter wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, bald eagles and hawks. This community, set on approximately 800 acres, nearly half dedicated to green space, has the distinction of being a Certified Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. One of only six in North Carolina and fewer than 21 in the nation. With the Falls Lake State Recreation Area adjoining this property, it opens up to endless water activities such as kayaking and boating on the more than 12,000 acre lake.

For seniors or young families, this community is an oasis in the midst of a growing area of the Triangle and North Carolina. Whether you play golf or not, there are plenty of activities to enjoy at this community. The swimming complex offers three pools. One has a six lane 25-yard competition pool while another has a 90 foot, double loop water slide. The community fields a swimming team for under 18.

The tennis complex offers six lighted courts, four hydro-clay and two hard courts. They offer lessons, competition and has fielded teams for state competitions. The fitness center offers state of the art equipment to get you into the best shape of your life and keep you there. They also offers classes for yoga, Pilates, spinning and body sculpting. Move here and do away with your gym membership.

Hasentree Housing

Toll Brothers offers three select groupings of homes for purchase with a separate custom builder’s section. These collections are well priced and more competitive than the previous developer of this property.

The Hasentree Signature Collection offers homes over 4000 sq ft with custom options located on an acre plus lots. These are priced from the low $600s. The Golf Villas Collection offers six different single, detached plans and lawn maintenance is included in the HOA dues. These are low maintenance ranch homes with just over 2000 sq ft. and priced in the low $300s. Finally, the Executive Collection offers award-winning home designs on large wooded or golf course lots. They are just over 3000 sq ft. and priced in the mid $400s.

As you can see, Hasentree offers a distinct lifestyle that will be appealing to many people. Toll Brothers have done an amazing job revitalizing this project and giving it new life. When Hassentree first opened, it was isolated to only the high-end purchaser, now, it is well priced for more than just the wealthiest of North Carolinians.

Membership, for both residents and non-residents, offer membership into the Toll Golf Member Advantage Program where you will have access to 14 clubs throughout the nation, with the closet being Brier Creek. You would have to check with the club to find out about the rates. They have categories to fit every lifestyle.

To purchase in this community, please contact me as I will be happy to assist you with your purchase. To learn more about this amazing community, please visit You will not be disappointed to live in such a wonderful and inviting community.

Featured Golf Community-Lochmere Golf Club

April 12, 2011

Lochmere...A Golf Experience!

Lochmere Golf Club is a semi-private course in the cozy town of Cary, North Carolina and offers its members and guest an enjoyable golf experience. With tree-lined fairways and abundant water hazards and strategically placed bunkers, this course is challenging for most golfers, but not overly difficult. The par 71, 6,627 yard course was designed by Gene Hamm and opened in 1985. With a course rating of 132/72.1, this is course offers a variety of shots for all levels of golfers.

Some of the more memorable holes on this course include the Par 5 9th hole which is a  long drive down a narrow fairway that opens up on your second shot. Your second shot must be long enough to put you in position to carry the pond in front of the green. The green is long, but somewhat narrow with bunkers on one side, and woods on the other. You cannot go too long on your approach shot to the green as it has a water hazard on the back side of the green that many will not know about unless you find yourself going over the green.

The Par 4 10th hole is a very picturesque hole that is very open for your tee shot,but your second must carry a creek. The green is secured with a bunker in the front left corner and woods to the right. You follow this hole with a short Par 3 that requires you to shape your shot to avoid the water just off the tee box and the water that runs down the left side towards the green. If you are too far left, a ball will roll into the water. The safe shot is to go left to avoid the impending water.

The Par 4 14th has an unusual feature around the green. After carrying a creek in front of the tee box and staying left to avoid the water that runs down the right side of the fairway, the approach shot must not only avoid the deep bunker in the right front corner of the green, but the island within the bunker. The worst approach on this hole would be to land in the bunker, right behind the island, making for a near impossible sand shot.

These are just a few of the memorable holes on this local favorite course, but you really must experience it if you enjoy a challenging course with tons of water hazards and bunkers.

Lochmere is always looking for members with great activities, family events and programs for all levels of golfers. Another great benefit of this club is that they are members of ClubCorp and membership in the club can give you access to courses and dinning clubs throughout the U.S. Contact the club for more details about membership at Lochmere Golf Club.

The Community

Living in Lochmere is an experience in itself. You will be enthralled by the tree-lined streets, the community features and the gorgeous tennis facilities. With lots of open space to include greenways, walking trails and lakes, it is the perfect place to raise your family in a gentle environment that can only be found in a gentle Southern town like Cary and Lochmere in particular.

With single family homes ranging from the $300k to over $1 million, this community has the features and diversity to fit your needs, no matter your price range. Lochmere offers by way of amenities three lakes, one pond and one water feature. One of the lakes actually has a boat ramp for your boating enjoyment. For more information about the community features and the Home Owner’s Association, please visit Lochmere Homeowners Association.

For more information about homes that are available for sale in this fabulous Cary community, please feel free to contact me. This is the type of community where you can feel at home and enjoy life the way it is meant to be enjoyed. It is not just a lifestyle, it is Life with Style!