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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rare new golf community opening in VA

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        In the wake of the Great Recession that began in 2007, the announcement of a new golf community is about as rare as a Republican’s vote to raise taxes. But Jeffrey Snyder and his financial backers figure that a sylvan lake setting and a golf course that will echo some of the world’s famous holes should convince buyers to take a serious look at Cutalong, a 1,000-acre property on the shores of Lake Anna in southern Virginia, about 40 minutes from Fredericksburg and within an easy drive of Washington and Richmond. That sets Cutalong up as a viable lure to second-home and retiree owners.

        Cutalong’s 18-hole, par 71 golf course will be designed by local resident Tom Clark of the Ault-Clark architecture firm and will play up to 7,400 yards. Ron Whitten, who has surveyed and written about golf

The Cutalong golf course will echo the famous National Golf Links on Long Island.

courses all over the world as a Golf Digest editor, will provide input. The Ault, Clark web site indicates that features of the Cutalong course will echo the renowned National Golf Links on Long Island. The only difference, of course, is that vistas from the National Links layout do not include homes; Cutalong vows to place home sites on only one side of each fairway. Judging by the Cutalong site map, the adjacent lake and a creek will be in close proximity on a few of the holes.

        The 13,000-acre Lake Anna will provide additional recreational outlets. Some boating enthusiasts will take advantage of a “concierge” service that will attend to all the necessary pre- and post-boat excursion work. All the other customary amenities of a high-end golf community are planned for Cutalong, once lot sales reach a certain point.

        Prices for 1/3 to ½ acre lots with golf course views start at just $69,900. To encourage sales, Cutalong is holding an open house every day until a major event on August 18, which they are billing as a “family day.” Gold panning will be one of the highlights, along with a shot at a hole in one to earn a free golf home site at Cutalong. Cutalong's developers are hoping to strike gold with their gutsy venture.

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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.

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