Golf Course Development Stuck in Sand Trap

The uber-wealthy are still buying homes on luxury golf course developments, but the rest of the market is hurting as courses close and projects stall around the world.
October 13, 2008, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"The last few months have seen the demise of at least two high-profile projects. One was a projected $70 million corporate golf club called The Presidential in Dulles, Va. Partially open since April, the club was reasonably on schedule in its quest for 150 corporate memberships at $60,000 a year, according to a former consultant to the club. But financing problems, at least partially related to the home-mortgage crisis, forced The Presidential to close in September."

"New residential golf developments in the U.S. are few and far between, leading to a net standstill in golf-course openings generally. More courses closed than opened in both 2006 and 2007, according to the National Golf Foundation, a sharp contrast to the course-building boom that started in the 1990s."

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Published on Friday, October 10, 2008 in The Wall St. Journal
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